The Biomedical Sciences Opportunities Committee (BSOC) aims to improve working conditions for employees, and ensure good equality and diversity practice.
The BSOC also acts as our Athena SWAN self-assessment team, to ensure that we fulfil the objectives in our current Athena SWAN award, so that Athena SWAN principles become integral to overall strategy within Biomedical Sciences.
Following Athena SWAN guidelines, the BSOC includes representation from women and men at different stages of their academic careers, from PhD students through to Professors, and across Biomedical Sciences’ various Research Centres.
We work towards broader engagement of staff and students, soliciting responses and ideas on how to improve strategy on a wide range of topics, including, amongst others:
the appraisal system; career development; training; dissemination of information about working conditions (such as flexible working); mentoring schemes; good practise across the recruitment process.
Working group members
Dr Dawn Livingstone
Senior Lecturer & Co-Convenor of the BSOC
Dr Nathalie Rochefort
Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Chancellors Fellow & Co-Convenor of the BSOC
Prof Richard Ribchester
Professor of Cellular Neuroscience, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
Dr Kim Picozzi
Postgraduate Director of Teaching/Programme Director for MSc Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Prof David Price
Professor of Developmental Biology
Dr Idoia Quintana Urzainqui
Postdoc, Price lab
Miss Brenda Murage
PhD student, Euan Macdonald Centre
Ms Karen Harris
Academic Administrator for the Biomedical Teaching Organisation
Mrs Janet Philp
Biomedical Sciences Head of Administration
Ms Lee Dolan
Biomedical Sciences Human Resources Manager
Mr James Griffiths
Lab manager, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
Ms Sarah Martin
Professional support staff member, BSOC web editor