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WMG Women in STEM

We have many female staff who have chosen to develop careers within Science, Technology or Engineering. Everyone has followed a different career path which has led them to pursue their current field of interest. We provide a multi-disciplinary environment where people from different backgrounds can work together and develop their careers, within both higher education and industry. Here we'll be highlighting some of the different careers that our female staff have taken.


Barbara Shollock

Professor Barbara Shollock
Academic Director
External Athena SWAN assessor

Professor Barbara Shollock is part of WMG's Steels Processing group and works with our industrial partners on research into the manufacture and application of advanced materials for steels processing with an emphasis on coatings. The research focuses on the physico-chemical aspects relating to iron and steel manufacturing and usage. The group aims for results such as new or improved manufacturing processes which are more sustainable and efficient.Barbara joined WMG in 2014 from Imperial College London where she was a Senior Lecturer. She gained her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania and D.Phil from University of Oxford.

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Claire Davis

Professor Claire Davis
Tata Steel Chair in Thermo-mechanical Processing
Chair of our Athena SWAN self-assesment team

Professor Claire Davis is the Tata Steel Professor of thermo-mechanical processing. Her research interests cover the development of microstructure during processing and the relationships between microstructure and properties (both physical and mechanical) in steels. She is also interested in the non-destructive evaluation of microstructure and defects in metals using a range of NDT techniques and modelling approaches. Professor Davis works closely with her colleagues in WMG's Steels Processing research group and with industrial partners, such as Tata Steel, to strengthen collaborative research opportunities in the area.

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Amanda Dowd

Professor Amanda Dowd
Academic Director of Graduate Studies

As Academic Director of Graduate Studies, Amanda is responsible for WMG's taught postgraduate programmes and has helped to drive a huge expansion of these programmes at home and abroad. She has responsibility for all academic quality issues relating to taught postgraduate and post-experience courses - the latter for people already working in industry. She also has operational responsibility for WMG's collaborative overseas programme, which started in Hong Kong in 1990 and now covers other areas including China, Cyprus, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

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Jan Godsell

Professor Jan Godsell
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy

Jan Godsell is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy. She joined WMG in October 2013 from her prior position of Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management. She has also developed a successful career within industry, beginning at ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and at Dyson, in both Supply Chain and Operations Management functions. Professor Godsell is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMechE; she has recently been appointed to advise the UK government on manufacturing policy as a member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills' Manufacturing Advisory Group.

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Irene Ng

Professor Irene Ng
Professor of Marketing and Service Systems
Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation

Irene Ng is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI) at WMG. She is also an adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore and College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Irene studied physics, applied physics and computer programming as an undergraduate and became an entrepreneur and practitioner for 16 years before switching to an academic career. During her time in industry she occupied a number of senior positions in industry rising to become CEO of SA Tours and Travel group of companies (Singapore, Malaysia, China and UK) and founded Empress Cruise Lines, a company with an annual turnover of $250m which she sold in 1996. Both an entrepreneur and an academic, Irene is passionate about the link between practice and research. She is an advisor to startups on new pricing and revenue models in digital businesses.

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Juliette Soulard

Dr Juliette Soulard
Associate Professor

Juliette Soulard is an Associate Professor in Electric Machines working within the Advanced Propulsion Systems Group. Prior to this, she was based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden where she led research within the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory (eMaDlab) covering a range of applications from renewable energy generation to electrified transport systems.

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Emma Kendrick 

Dr Emma Kendrick

Dr Emma Kendrick joined WMG in 2016, and is a materials chemist and energy storage technical specialist. Pre-WMG Emma spent a period of years leading industrial R&D projects in novel battery technologies. Formerly she was the chief technologist in energy storage at Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd (SLE) where she established the energy storage research and development programme in sodium ion batteries.


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Dr Claire Dancer
Assistant Professor in Nanocomposites

Dr Claire Dancer is an Assistant Professor in WMG's Nanocomposites Research Group. She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before gaining her doctorate at the University of Oxford for a thesis on processing methods for the superconducting material magnesium diboride. Her postdoctoral research at Oxford included projects on ceramic armour and electromagnetic materials, and she was a College Lecturer in Materials Science at St Anne's College, Oxford from 2009 to 2013

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Shaheen Charlwood

Shaheen Charlwood
Senior Teaching Fellow

As a child I grew up surrounded by maths and science, my father was a forensic scientist for NYPD, my mother was a teacher, and my brother was always tinkering with wires and broken TV sets, so it really was the natural path for me to take.

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Vannessa Goodship

Dr Vannessa Goodship
Principal Research Fellow
Nanocomposites Research Group

Vannessa has spent her entire career working with plastic materials. She came to WMG in 1997 direct from the plastics industry to work as a Research Associate having obtained both a BA and BSc by distance learning. She undertook a part time PhD whilst employed as staff and graduated in 2002. She became a Principal Research Fellow in 2009. Her areas of specialism are plastics materials, their processing, and recycling. She has undertaken many research projects across this scope, most recently looking at multifunctional materials. She works in a field at the interface of academia and industry and has over 50 publications across this remit. Vannessa developed (and obtained funds for) the WMG Researcher Forum which champions researcher developmental issues for contract researchers. She also developed and runs an in-house researcher mentoring scheme as part of this programme.

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Freeha Azmat

Freeha Azmat
Senior Teaching Fellow

I grew up in Pakistan where my family were all teachers or medical doctors but my interests lay more in maths and engineering. It was very difficult, because engineering is seen as a male profession back home, therefore I had to think very carefully about the academic path I chose.

I opted to study for a degree in Information and Communications Systems Engineering. After university I was lucky enough to win a scholarship enabling me to undertake a Master’s in Computer Science at Leicester University. As a single female, I had to work really hard again to convince my family that it was the right decision to allow me to go to the UK to study.

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 Maretva Baricot-Mendoza

Maretva Baricot-Mendoza
Project Manager

As a kid, I loved chemistry. I was always making potions with my mum’s beauty lotions and products, so it seemed only natural that science was the path I chose.

After high school I went on to study engineering, and my plan was to work in the oil industry. At that time, if you studied engineering you generally went on to get a position at PDVSA, which was the biggest oil company in the country. The oil industry in Venezuela was one of the best in the world, and I thought I had my future all mapped out.

However, in the year that I graduated there was massive political unrest which lead to many people at PDVSA going on strike. The strike had a massive impact on the economy, with terrible fuel and food shortages, and resulted in the government firing 19,000 PDVSA employees.

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Lucy Inman

Lucy Inman
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

I line manage a team of four in the full-time MSc Course Office looking after the ‘student cycle.’ We manage everything from student inductions to planning and facilitating modules and timetables, through to dissertation submission for more than 700 students. Our office is a hub of activity with students coming and going, and there really is no such thing as a quiet month.

I graduated from Reading University in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Human Geography and spent the first seven years of my career in the town planning department at Warwick District Council. In 2012 I joined the Graduate School at the University of Warwick and then moved over to WMG to join the Course Office team on secondment.

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