Advisory Board

Prof Scott MacGregor

Prof Scott MacGregor

Scott MacGregor (he/him) is Vice-Principal of the University of Strathclyde (UoS) and chairs the Staff and Equality & Diversity Strategy Committees. His research specialises in the field of High Voltage Engineering, Pulsed Power Technology and electronic sterilisation. He has published >300 papers, supervised >40 PhD students and secured >£12M of research income from a range of funding bodies including: governments (UK: EPRSC, MOD, DERA, etc; USA: FDA, Sandia National Labs); industry (British Aerospace, AEA Technology, BNFL, Rolls Royce, Shell, P&G, etc) and charities. He was awarded the IEEE Peter Haas Award in 2013, for his outstanding contribution to pulsed power technology, and the 2011 Time Higher Research Project of the Year Award for the development of HINs Light for inactivation of hospital pathogens.

Scott provides Institutional leadership in the implementation of the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. The focus of activity is directed towards the development of policies and initiatives that support equality and diversity across the University along with the promotion of equality training. Examples include the formation of the Equality Impact Assessor Network, the Gender Equality Working Group, the Family Friendly Leave Policy, along with strategic projects coordinated by our Equality and Diversity team, and others, in the pursuit of Athena SWAN. Broader institutional support is provided to support key projects such as Equally Safe in Higher Education, Project Search, The TransEdu project, as well as the development of initiatives to support early career female staff including Family Friendly Leave and Post Maternity Research Sabbaticals.

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Annie McLaughlin

Annie McLaughlin (she/her) is responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s Equality and Diversity strategy, priorities and plans, including the delivery of its Equality Outcomes.  She advises and supports key stakeholders, committees and networks to help embed Equality & Diversity in University policy, practices and culture and has oversight of the University’s commitment to equality charters and award schemes, including the Athena SWAN Charter. Annie led on the University’s successful application to renew its Athena SWAN Bronze award in April 2014 and subsequent application in November 2017 and supports departments applying for individual awards (12 of 13 STEM departments currently hold Athena SWAN awards).

Prof Susan Pyne

Prof Susan Pyne

Susan Pyne (she/her) is Professor of Molecular Signalling, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS). Her research is on cellular communication mechanisms and pathways involving lipids (~150 publications, H index 50; > £3M competitive funding from charity, RCUK and industry sectors, including a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship (1993-2001)). She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and was the first female recipient of the international Laurens van Deenen lecture award (2014) for her out-standing and long-term contribution to lipid research.

Susan has served on the University’s Equality & Diversity (E&D) Strategy group (2009-2015) and was involved in the University’s first application for an Athena SWAN award (2011). Until recently, she was a member of the University Athena SWAN management group (2013-2017) and, as SIPBS Directory of Equality and Diversity, led two successful department applications for Athena SWAN Bronze (2013; renewed 2017). In SIPBS, she has pioneered a number of initiatives including: E&D and unconscious bias (UB) training for all staff & students; peer support and required senior female involvement in internal promotions decision making; male and female dignity and respect (D&R) officers; monthly drop-in for confidential career support, D&R concerns etc.; mentoring scheme and mentoring training. 

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Dr Joanna Renshaw

Joanna Renshaw (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Radiochemistry and Geomicrobiology, in CEE, UoS. She is one of only five academics, and the only female academic, advising the EPSRC ‘Nuclear Champion’ (Grimes, Imperial) on developing nuclear research across the UK academic community. In her previous position in the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, she sat on the School Athena Swan Committee and was involved in the preparation of the School’s successful bid for a bronze award.

Prof Ian Rivers

Prof Ian Rivers

Ian Rivers (he/him) is currently Professor of Education for Social Change and Head of the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on homophobic bullying in schools and undertook the very first empirical investigations of this subject which underpinned the later work of organisations such as Stonewall, LGBT Youth Scotland and Ditch the Label.

Ian has authored/edited 9 books and >100 chapters and articles on the topic of bullying and discrimination, and has served on two US Government expert panels to create a uniform definition of bullying for public health surveillance (see stopbullying.gov) and to better understand the relationship between suicide and bullying in schools. Recently, Ian was the UK advisor for Out on the Fields – the largest cross-national study of homophobia in sport and was one of three academics to give evidence to the Select Committee Enquiry into Homophobia in Sport.

Prof Zoe Shipton

Prof Zoe Shipton

Zoe Shipton (she/her) is Professor of Geological Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and works on geological controls on fluid flow and quantifying geological uncertainty. She sits on the board of the £31M UK GeoEnergy Observatories national infrastructure project and is chair of the Science Advisory Group. She was a member of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group on “Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of the scientific and engineering evidence”, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s working group on ‘Scotland’s Gas Futures’. She was awarded the 2010 Geological Society of London William Smith Fund for excellence in applied & economic aspects of geoscience.

Zoe champions diversity in geoscience and engineering. She has mentored several female staff members through her career at her home universities and through the Royal Society of Edinburgh mentoring scheme. She has been on the convening panel of 6 national and international specialist conferences and has striven to ensure equal representation of men and women in session convenors and invited speakers. As Chair of the Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London (2013-2016, second ever female chair), she introduced funding for a crèche at annual meetings - the first of any Geological Society specialist group to offer such a service.