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The ‘Be Inspired!’ Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is a series of inspirational lectures and thought-provoking talks by successful figures under-represented in their field

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas

My Brilliant Career and Other Stories

July 2018

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas is Research Fellow and Project Manager for the Athena SWAN project at Birmingham City University. Kate is an experienced higher education researcher and practitioner with specialisms in 'non-traditional learners', gender and LGBT equality, student transition and retention. Kate's doctoral research investigated dimensions of belonging for part-time, mature undergraduates in English higher education and was funded by a Higher Education Academy Mike Baker Doctoral Programme Award.


Professor Kerstin Meints

Research with children and animals - from assessment to impact

May 2018

Professor Kerstin Meints, School of Psychology, University of Lincoln is the director of the Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab. Next to research on children’s development of language, categorisation and trust, she focuses on comparative and applied research in human-animal interaction, especially dog bite prevention, assessing interventions and investigating children’s and adults’ misinterpretations of dogs’ facial and body signalling. In 2017, Kerstin was awarded the prestigious Suffrage Women in Sience Award.


Sean Morton

10 reasons for anyone to be a nurse (& 5 more for more men to join us)

March 2018

Sean Morton is a Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. He qualified as Registered Nurse in 1993 from St. Bartholomews Hospital in London. His first staff nurse post was in acute neurosurgery at the Royal London Hospitalwhere he developed an interest in head injury and assessment. During this time he started to study for his Bachelors degree with a focus on the use and abuse of the Glasgow Coma Scale for his dissertation. He moved in 1995 to Accident and Emergency/Trauma nursing and worked alongside HEMS treating trauma patients. In 1999, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a staff, then charge nurse in a Level One trauma centre, during this time he studied for and completed his MA in Organisational Management, experiences in Quality Management, Clinical Education and finally as Assistant Professor in nursing led him to education.


Ruchi Aggarwal

off the ‘sticky floor: make room for yourself - reflections from the coorporate world

January 2018

Ruchi Aggarwal is Director of Business Development in the Lincoln International Business School Executive Office. She has worked with diverse industry sectors – Sports @ Scottish Rugby at Edinburgh; Telecom @ Vodafone in India; IT @ Microsoft, in India – before joining the Higher Education sector with us at the University of Lincoln in September 2016. She currently is the Director for Business Development at the Lincoln International Business School and is keenly involved in our strategy of expanding into India.


Dr Meredith Nash

what is it like to be a woman in stemm?

October 2017

Dr Meredith Nash is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. She is an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of sociology of gender, health sociology, and human geography. Her work focuses mainly on the gendered body as a way of understanding the relationships between people, place, politics, and culture. Her publication track record includes two sole-authored books, one edited book, five book chapters, and numerous articles in field-leading, peer-reviewed journals. Her research has informed Australian government and health practice and has received international recognition through the global media, quotation, and award. 


Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley DBE

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A Woman's story

March 2017

Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley CH DBE FREng FBCS is a British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist. Her inspiring talk, told us her story about being a woman in business and what it takes to be a success in a world that was not, and is still not, equal. Interestingly, Dame Shirley describes herself as a 'humanist', but not a feminist. 


Dr Araxi Urrutia

Random reflections on genes, genomes and being a woman in science

September 2014

Dr Araxi Urrutia is a Senior Lecturer in genetics at the University of Bath where she leads a research group working in the area of functional genomics. Araxi obtained a PhD at the University of Bath, UK and then took a postdoctoral position in the USA. Following a three year maternity break, she returned to science as a volunteer postdoc and later secured a L’Oreal UK Women in Science Fellowship and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship. Currently based at Bath, Araxi has been the recipient of a Biochemical Society Early Career Award in recognition to her contributions to functional and evolutionary biology. Araxi has a long-standing commitment towards gender equality, she was awarded a SHE inspiring women award and named a Rising Talent by the Women’s forum for society and the economy, she is a member of the University of Bath Athena SWAN team and chairs the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in her Department.


Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE

Women in Science: What did chemistry ever do for me?

July 2014

Professor Yellowlees is the Vice Principal and Head of College, College of Science & Engineering, University of Edinburgh. “As the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in its 171 year history I am passionate about inspiring and increasing the numbers of women studying and working in the sciences. It is of great concern that the majority of women with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects do not work in STEM areas in Scotland.  This is in contrast to men. The consequence is a serious loss to the economy and to the subject area. The ‘leaky pipeline’ as it has been christened has significant implications for skills shortages in STEM areas. This is not a problem unique to Scotland but what can be done to fix the leak?

So why do so many female scientists opt not to have a career in STEM? If there was only one reason then it would be easier to tackle. Instead there are many, such as long working hours, lack of support, unconscious bias, macho culture, family considerate working conditions, inflexible funding structures, isolation. Some of these reasons are real and some are perceptions but the distinction between these two doesn’t really matter. In contrast I have had a very positive experience in Chemistry and try and make it a priority to remember the help and support I was given and to give back. Statistics, observations and recollections will all feature in the presentation” 


Dr Dawnie Steadman

If Only Bones Could Talk

April 2014

Dr Dawnie Steadman, a world-leading forensic anthropologist and Director of the Forensic Anthropology Centre, USA, will open Lincoln’s Be Inspired Series with a lecture about her research, her participation in international forensic investigations (from ‘9/11’ to the search for victims of the Spanish civil war), and share with us her journey to the top of her field.