Biomedical Sciences

Working group

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