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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


The Department recognises the importance of creating of a diverse work and study community, in which all individuals are supported to achieve their full potential, and all individuals are treated fairly and equally. We are striving to achieve this, and our ongoing efforts have been recognised in our receipt of a Bronze Athena Swan Award in 2016, which was renewed in the 2020 admissions round. 

View our 2020 submission and action plan.


Athena Swan Working Group Members

Professor David Fairen-Jimenez (Chair)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, Reader in Molecular Engineering, Adsorption and Advanced Materials Group leader

David joined the Department in 2012. He is married with two children and tries to balance as much as possible his academic and family life.

Sebastian Anhert

University Assistant Professor

Ellie Hall

Communications Manager

Ellie joined the Department in March 2019. She previously worked in the news and media team at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she led communications activities for their inclusion and diversity projects, launching their Diversity landscape of the chemical sciences and Breaking the barriers reports.

Clemens Kaminski

Professor of Chemical Physics, Director: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications, Head of Department

Karen Langford

HR Manager

Karen has recently joined the department as Interim HR Manager having previously worked as Interim HR Business Manager for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences since May 2019 covering a secondment. Karen has extensive HR experience in a variety of sectors including School HR, local government and private sector organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Dr Tom Matthams

Departmental Administrator, Academic Secretary

Tom is married with three children of primary/nursery school age. He balances his daily work routine with childcare responsibilities that he shares with his wife.

Trish Murray

Administrative Assistant

Katherine Smart

University Lecturer

Professor Sam Stranks

Professor of Optoelectronics, Royal Society University Research Fellow

Sam joined the department in 2019. He has two young school-age children and aims to maintain a balance between his work and family commitments. He shares childcare responsibilities with his wife, who also works full time.

Rachael Tuley

Academic Officer, Teaching and Research Co-ordinator, Secretary to the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Syndicate

Rachael has worked in the University since 2001, upon graduating with her M.Phil. in European Literature and Culture (Wolfson College). She joined CEB in 2018. She is a lone parent to Chiara (six) and works full time.

Alessandra Uomo

HR Administrator