The Equality and Diversity office’s Success@UEA initiative aims to showcase the success of staff members at UEA, encompassing a wide range of backgrounds and diversity. Those involved in this project have kindly shared the steps they took to achieve success, what or who has inspired them, and the challenges along the way – especially when those challenges relate to identity. We would like to thank those who gave their time and words to this project, in order to inspire those who want to progress in their roles and may relate to their experience.
Professor Frances Bowen is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Social Sciences at UEA, having moved to Norfolk in September 2018. She was previously the Dean of the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, and has enjoyed a career spanning both UK and international institutions. Frances discusses how she reached her current position and shares advice on how to be successful in academia, whatever your background.
Professor Veena Rodrigues works in Norwich Medical School at UEA. Here, she explains how her passion for both teaching and medicine is combined in her current role, and advises on how to successfully unite different interests within the medical profession.
Professor Rebecca Stott is a Professor of Literature and Creative Writing in UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, in addition to being a novelist, award winning non-fiction writer and broadcaster. Rebecca is also Co-Chair of LDC’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. Here, she addresses the hurdles that she encountered as a woman in academia, and emphasises the importance of having supportive colleagues.
Dr Katherine Deane is a Senior Lecturer in UEA’s School of Health Sciences, having originally embarked on a career as researcher in immunology. Here, she explains how having a disability gives a unique insight into the ways in which research can best reflect the priorities and needs of disabled people. Katherine is also a very active member of UEA’s Access All Areas group, which improves accessibility across the campus.
Dr Claire Hynes is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing. Here, she explains how and why she left her previous role in journalism to pursue an academic career at UEA.
Liz Rix is Laboratory Manager for Research and Related Activities in the Faculty of Science, and, until recently, Chair of the UEA Technicians’ Forum. Having started her first role at UEA at the age of 16, Liz provides some insight into how she attained her current managerial position, and why she chose a career as a Technician.