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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.

Dr Andrea Bistrovic-Popov

Postdoctoral Researcher

Cara Bootman

HR Administrator

Cara has worked in the Department since 2008 and in her position as HR Administrator she is responsible for the day-to-day HR duties in the Department.
She has two young children and works part time.

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.

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

Tara Love

PhD student

Tara is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering, at the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow. Following her doctorate, she wishes to pursue a career in industry.

She has previously been involved with an Athena SWAN Action Group at Durham University. She participated in the Science Faculty developing a more diverse and inclusive working environment, with equal opportunities. Improving the recruitment process to aid the elimination of gender-bias was a key focus.  She hopes to be able to incorporate her knowledge from her previous involvement with Athena SWAN.

Dr Miriam Lynn

Equality & Diversity Consultant

Miriam is an Equality and Diversity Consultant at the University and is the School of Technology's E&D Liaison where she supports the School to promote inclusion and diversity.  She is married and is actively involved in numerous community initiatives.

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.

Dr. Róisín M. Owens

University Lecturer, Bioelectronic Systems Technology Group leader

Dr. Roisin Owens is a University Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology with a particular interest in supporting the careers of young women in STEM subjects. She is an active member of Newnham College, a college run by, and for, women. She is co-director of the centre for doctoral training on sensor technology, where she leads the efforts to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a member of the School of Technology forum on Equality and Diversity. She is a 2019 laureate of the Suffrage Science Awards, celebrating women in science for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others. She is married and shares responsibility for the care of her two boys with her husband.

Dr Janire Saez Castaño

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr Sam Stranks

University Lecturer in Energy, Royal Society University Research Fellow

Sam joined the department in 2019. He has two young children (one in nursery, one in early years of school) and aims to maintain a balance between his work and family commitments. He shares childcare responsibilities with his wife, who also works full time.