Celebrating our female researchers

At the University of Derby, we are committed to addressing gender equality in higher education and strive to enable all academics and researchers to succeed regardless of their gender, race and background.

As a member of Athena SWAN, we also organise a variety of activities throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of gender equality in the higher education sector, especially in STEM subject areas.

Our female professors

Liz Atkins
Professor of Vocational Education and Social Justice

Professor Liz Atkins is a leading scholar in the field of vocational education and training (VET). She has published widely on her concerns about how VET helps low-attaining young people move from school to work and associated ethical/methodological and social justice issues. Her recent book with Duckworth (2019) is Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education (Bloomsbury).

Ang Bartram reading book about dog theory to Oscar the dog
Professor of Contemporary Art

Ang works as an artist and artistic researcher. Her research focuses on documentation as an act of ephemeral art process, and with animality and empathy (as acted and/or intuitively behaved) in human-animal companion-species relationships.

Professor Clare Brindley smiling
Associate Provost

Clare is Associate Provost and Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Based in the University's Research and Knowledge Exchange Office, she is involved in developing and supporting research activity across the University.

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Angela is the Head of Apprenticeships for the College of Science and Engineering.

Dawn Forman presenting a lecture
Visiting Professor to the University of Derby Online Learning

Visiting Professor to the University of Derby Online Learning, Professor Dawn Forman, is a co-owner and director of Interactive Leadership and Management Development a consultancy specialising in executive coaching, leadership and team development and academic writing. Dawn has also been working on a freelance basis with universities and health services internationally.

Carley Foster delivering a lecture
Professor of Services Marketing, Head of the Centre for Business Improvement

Carley Foster is Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement at the University of Derby. Her work is widely published, has been funded by several organisations and, as an applied researcher, she works with business to create impact.

Susan Hogan smiling, holding open a book on photography.
Professor in Arts and Health

Susan Hogan is Professor of Arts and Health. Susan has wide-ranging interests in visual culture, from the history and development of the arts and health, including the use of the arts in propagating health messages and research findings, to artistic and performative research methods. Her books are used in the training of arts and health professionals internationally.

Flora -facing forwards
Professor of Law and Business

As a Professor of Law and Business at Derby Law School, Professor Flora Huang's research focuses on corporate and financial law, international trade law, international commercial arbitration, comparative law and Chinese law.

Frances Maratos in the University
Professor of Psychology and Affective Science

Frances Maratos’s research informs applied emotion regulation and wellbeing interventions worldwide. She is widely published and has excellent grant capture. Frances is currently Chair of the College of HPSC Research Committee. Her Professorial appointment reflects not only her international research profile but also her longstanding commitment to the University.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby. Her academic background is in Psychology and she continues to play an active role in research.

Our female associate professors

Larissa wearing a blue shirt at the University of Derby
Associate Professor in History and Impact

Dr Larissa Allwork is Researcher (Impact) in the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO).  She is also a Historian who investigates how public institutions and societies engage with difficult, provocative or traumatic histories.

Tina Bass of Derby Business School profile picture
Associate Professor and Head of Discipline: Business and Management

Dr Tina Bass is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline (Business and Management). She has a Doctorate of Social Science (DSocSci) from the University of Leciester and her research interests are currently focused upon change management and higher education pedagogies. Recently she has taken an interest in the impact of social media upon business.

Geraldine Codina
Associate Professor - Research

Geraldine is the Programme Leader for the MA Inclusion and SEND and the National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading effective inclusive practice in SEN (PG Certificate)

Sian Davies-Vollum
Head of School - Built and Natural Environment

Sian Davies-Vollum is Head of School of Environmental Sciences. She is a geologist/physical geographer with specific expertise in sedimentology. She is interested in environmental and climate change on both geological and recent time scales. Her current research in Ghana focuses on the impacts of climate change at the coast. 

Emma smiling wearing red lipstick
Associate Professor in Learning, Teaching and Pedagogy, Provost for Learning and Teaching

Dr Emma Hyde is an Associate Professor in Learning, Teaching and Pedagogy at the University of Derby. Emma is a qualified HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Before joining the University in 2006, Emma worked as a Diagnostic Radiographer in the NHS for approximately 10 years, specialising in CT and MRI scanning.

Rhiannon wearing a silver blazer, looking upwards.
Associate Professor (Civic)

Dr Rhiannon Jones is an artist researcher, specialising in civic practice. She is resident artist at Primary Studios, Nottingham, UK. She is currently a researcher for the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC), College of Arts at the University of Derby.

Sigrid Lipka against a nature background
Associate Professor in Psychology

Sigrid's research focuses on reading and wellbeing, behaviour change and doctoral pedagogy. She teaches at all levels, supervises research students and contributes to the university's doctoral supervisor training. As Deputy Chair of the HPSC College Research Committee, she supports our research community and contributes to strategic developments enhancing sustainable research and innovation

Caroline Locke at YSP with tuning forks
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts

Associate Professor Caroline Locke works as an artist and artistic researcher. Her research is attuned to natural ecologies. Finding ways to understand and respond to new geological age, she develops kinetic sculptures, large-scale immersive installations, and sound works. One focus of her research is on identifying the need for closer connection and greater understanding of nature.

Kirsten McEwan in a nature environment
Associate Professor

Most of Kirsten's research has focused on Compassion-Focused interventions. More recently her research has focused on nature-based interventions such as Forest Bathing (slow mindful walking in nature).  Kirsten's aim is to support the spread of these interventions to improve human health and wellbeing, but also to inspire more pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours.

Melanie Pope
Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching

Melanie has worked in the UK education sector for 24 years, in secondary education, FE and HE, and with national bodies on curriculum and qualification reform. Melanie is Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching and works with colleagues across the university to support the development of excellent and innovative practice in learning and teaching, particularly in pedagogic research.