WiSET awards 2017
The 2017 WISET award winners are Kizanne James and Angeles Camacho.
Kizanne James is an International student on the Leadership and Management MSc course in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her dissertation is regarding the impact of work life balance on women getting into leadership roles. She is also a postgraduate member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity committee in her Faculty. Kizanne is an ambassador in her own country (Trinidad and Tobago) for increasing awareness of contraceptive use in young people, and for highlighting the plight of domestic abuse and rape which are common but ignored. She is not only promoting women in science by being an exemplary role model, her work is far reaching by endeavouring equality internationally.
Angeles Camacho is a second-year postgraduate research student in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). Her doctoral research is on novel fabrication methods for optical fibres. She set up the Diversity Officer role at the University of Southampton Optics and Photonics Society. Angeles has passionately driven initiatives to raise awareness of issues relating to diversity in the workplace through innovative activities within the student body of the ORC, engaging members of the university, school children and members of the public through diversity focused activities. Her work is helping to recognise the contribution of women to Optics and Photonics and contributes towards a gender equality culture. She is a role model for young women to choose optics and photonics as a career.
WiSET awards 2016
The 2016 WISET award winners are Dr Jessica Spurrell and Dr Reena Pau
The WiSET Annual Award is a new scheme to recognise and celebrate individuals (men and women, staff and students) in the University of Southampton who make an outstanding contribution to supporting and advancing women in academia through, for example, outreach activities, mentoring, providing networking opportunities, raising awareness and supporting the professional development and promotion of women in academia. These contributions should be above and beyond the role expected of the individual.
WiSET Awards for 2016 were presented at this year’s Campbell Lecture by Belinda Phipps. The award winners were Dr Jessica Spurrell and Dr Reena Pau for their outstanding contributions to outreach with particular emphasis on supporting women students and increasing the visibility of women in STEM.
Jessica Spurrell is a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. She is in the process of writing up her PhD thesis in superconducting power transmission at the Institute of Cryogenics. She received the WiSET Award for her enthusiasm and keen participation in outreach and national women’s events.
As the Outreach and Diversity Officer for Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), Reena Pau has been very effective at developing an original and highly effective outreach programme, connecting with a large and growing network of schools.