Meet the team - Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Our Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences team is drawn from across the University's wide-ranging disciplinary expertise. Our academics are developing innovative solutions to big issues across the arts and sciences.

Professor Diana Spencer

Dr Diana Spencer

Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Professor of Classics

Diana’s research explores the nature of individual and collective identity in ancient Rome during the late Republic and 1st century CE. This puts her in regular conversation with intellectual and political luminaries: Cicero, Caesar, Horace, Vergil and Varro.

Dr Julia Myatt

Julia Myatt

Acting Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences 2018/2019,
Director of Natural Sciences

Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology 

Julia's research interests have focused on the morphology-behaviour-habitat interface in non-human Great Apes and the collective behaviour of group-living animals. 

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Shelley Budgeon

Deputy Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Shelley is a Senior lecturer in Sociology. Her expertise is in the field of gender studies. She specialises in theorising the relationship between gender and various forces of social change focusing on their impact upon key social institutions, as well as, individual identities. 

Dr Iestyn Williams

Iestyn Williams

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Reader in Health Policy and Management

Iestyn is a Reader in Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre (School of Social Policy) where he is also Director of Research.  His research relates to decision-making in health care, including how to allocate scarce resources on NHS treatments and services. 

Dr Simon Scott

Photograph of Dr Simon Scott

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor

Simon's research has focused ancient and continental philosophy, particularly the trajectory of Plato, Nietzsche and Deleuze. He is currently working on 'Deleuze's strategy for overcoming ressentiment in his reading of Nietzsche', and 'Shame and erotic love in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus'.

Dr Mircea Scrob

Mircea Scrob

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Teaching Fellow

Mircea's research and teaching interests are in the areas of Food Studies, Mixed Research Methods, Economic History of Modern Eastern Europe, and History of Nutritional Science in the 20th Century.

Dr Ilija Rašović


Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences Tutor
Lecturer in Engineering and Physical Sciences

Ilija’s research interests lie at the interface of materials science, chemistry and medicine, harnessing supramolecular chemistry, particularly with carbon nanomaterials, for use in medical applications. He also focuses on practical science communication, aiding students, staff and research groups throughout the university.

Dr Julian Lonbay

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Senior Lecturer in Law, Birmingham Law School

Julian is a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham Law School where he also acts as CEPLER, Bar Liaison. He researches and advises on the law relating to legal education, lawyers and other professionals; and cross-border practice and the rules affecting such practice. He represents the UK legal professional bodies in Brussels on training matters at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

Dr James Everest

James Everest

Teaching Fellow

James is a Personal Tutor in LANS and contributes to the delivery of the core modules. He has a background in languages, English and History and recently completed a PhD at UCL on practical optics in seventeenth-century England. He is currently working on the life of Otto Wächter, the Nazi Governor of Galicia (now western Ukraine), in a project co-ordinated by Philippe Sands. Work on this project led to the BBC Radio 4 documentary series Intrigue: The Ratline.

Professor Jon Sadler

Jon Sadler

Acting Director of Natural Science and LANS tutor
Professor of Biogeography and Ecology

Jon is a Professor in Biogeography (School Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences).  His research focuses on species, population and ecosystem dynamics and involves interdisciplinary science using detailed field studies and field experimentation. He is a fan of numbers and coding (especially using open source software such as R).



Graham Davies

Graham Davies

Programme Manager

Graham provides administrative support for student assessment, feedback, registration and progression, acting as a link between LANS and other departments.

Neil Nelson

Neil Nelson

Operations Manager

Neil provides professional managerial support to the Dean and works with business partners responsible for planning, quality, marketing, HR, external relations and the international office. He also liaises with our academic colleagues across the colleges.

Ruth Johnson 

Ruth Johnson

Wellbeing Officer

Ruth provides pastoral and study-related advice for the welfare and support of our students.

Mary Ann Clarke

Mary Ann Clarke

Programme Administrator

Mary Ann provides students with an initial point of contact for programme matters, including assessment, feedback and module registration, communicating on your behalf to other Schools. She also assists in the management of events, such as Open Days and Offer-holder Visit Days.

Verity Parkin

Verity Parkin

Digital Ambassador

Verity works as a Digital Ambassador for the school, focusing on developing new ways to bring together the LANS community. She creates posts and videos for Twitter, Instagram and the website, as well as writing weekly community updates. Verity is a second year student majoring in Psychology, with an interest in human-centred design.

Bronwen Roberts

Bronwen Roberts

Alumni Engagement

Bronwen focuses on Alumni Engagement by collating a series of Graduate Stories for future, present and past students to engage with the LANS community. In her studies, Bronwen focuses on making interdisciplinary connections between English Literature and Art History across Romanticism and Modernism. She also has an interest in Development Economics.