Congratulations to our Postdoc rep - Valentina Di Pietro

ValentinaThe success of a five year study into potential biomarkers indicative of traumatic brain injury has led Valentina Di Pietro, a Molecular Neuroscientist, to be awarded a BRIDGE fellowship to undertake TBI research in collaboration with the University of Illinois, USA.  The fellowship allows Valentina to combine neuroimaging techniques available in the USA with the results of the five year microRNA study.

Valentina offers the following advice to Postdocs/Early Career Researchers based on her experience:

  • Curve out your research niche (Valentina has worked in the field of traumatic brain injury for 10 years, she was able to identify the field of her research discovering the microRNA signature in TBI patients)
  • Be outstanding and persistent with your research (she has been working on this project for 5 long years!) 
  • Have a vision of the translational potential of your research and engage with translational processes e.g. commercialisation, microRNA signatures in TBI patients has been used to file a patent application and to build a spin-off company, recently awarded an innovation grant of £885,000 by SBRI with the aim of developing a point of care testing device.


Handling non-academic problems in the academic environment - 8 February 2017
Presentation by Professor Kate Thomas [pdf]
Presentation by Philippa Hawkins [pdf]
Feedback Report [pdf]

Equality Scheme 2016-2020

The University's new Equality Scheme 2016–2020, ‘Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity’is now available.
The Equality Scheme sets out the equality objectives for the next four years in relation to the themes of inclusion, attainment, flexibility and embedding equality in all that we do in order to create an environment in which all members of our community can flourish and reach their full potential.

Women in Academic Medicine and Science (WAMS)

The Women in Academic Medicine and Science (WAMS) committee was formed to address the under-representatiion of females in academic medicine.  Our aim is to support and nurture the careers of female academics in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Is it possible to combine academic life with family life? This has been a key question many early career researchers have asked themselves before embarking on their chosen career. Our academics explain how they achieve this, with the help and support of the Athena SWAN Initiative, in this video.

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) charter was established in June 2005, and encourages the advancement of female academics in UK Higher Educational institutions.