We hope these portraits will help raise awareness and showcase female role models for our students, as well as recognise the many contributions that women make in College, as researchers, teachers, technicians, professional and support staff, and as students.

To ensure a lasting legacy, each framed portrait will be put on display in their home department. We hope in doing so to plant a seed – that departments will build their own collections of portraits of female role models for our students and colleagues. Some have already started.

Beyond Women@Imperial Week, we would like to see departments expanding their collections to include people from across the full spectrum of our community. The importance of visible role models, particularly for under-represented groups at the College, cannot be under-estimated.

Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Women@Imperial Week, March 2019

Portraits

Professor Fay Dowker

Professor Fay Dowker

"When I am discouraged, I use my feeling of responsibility to my foremothers who were denied their chances to be mathematicians and physicists and to the younger generation of women coming after me, to inspire me to keep going.”

Read more about Professor Fay Dowker

Courtnae Bailey

Courtnae Bailey

"Give it your best, trust yourself and your achievements will speak for themselves."

Read more about Courtnae Bailey

Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei

Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei

"My goal is to inspire more female students to study engineering and be the leaders of tomorrow."

Read more about Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei

Professor Wendy Barclay

Professor Wendy Barclay

“I believe that good science happens when a group of people can exchange ideas in a manner uninhibited by age, gender, race or experience. It is a privilege to work as a scientist because our world is truly without boundaries."

Read more about Professor Wendy Barclay

Shenice Lalor

Shenice Lalor

"Remember that there’s no need to rush, life isn’t a race. I believe that what’s meant to be will be. Work hard and the results will follow."

Read more about Shenice Lalor

Dr Angela Kedgley

Dr Angela Kedgley

"Be tenacious when all doesn’t go according to plan. Determine what you want, listen to yourself, and then be brave and make it happen.”

Read more about Dr Angela Kedgley

Dawn Beaumont

Dawn Beaumont

“The advice I would give to a younger colleague is a quote, which I believe is attributed to Steve Martin: ‘Be so good, they can’t ignore you’.”

Read more about Dawn Beaumont

Sasha Ashbourne Lewis

Sasha Ashbourne Lewis

“I’m willing, focused and proud of the work I do, and inspired about where it will take me in the future.”

Read more about Sasha Ashbourne Lewis

Dr Yu-Ting Lin

Dr Yu-Ting Lin

"In my portrait, the big ‘B’ of the Business School stands out in the background. This reminds me of a trope often found in oriental landscape painting known as ‘tiny people in big places’, used to emphasise harmony with the natural world. It reminds me of the journey that I’ve chosen"

Read more about Dr Yu-Ting Lin

Portraits

Caz Ulley

Caz Ulley

"Taking on my Imperial 600 role has helped me to recognise what I have to offer. And seeing that what I am doing is affecting positive change within the College has boosted my confidence."

Read more about Caz Ulley

Dr Caroline Howe

Dr Caroline Howe

"As women, we owe it to ourselves, to those who came before and those who will come after, to pick each other up when we fall and give us that little nudge of encouragement to keep going. It is worth it!"

Read more about Dr Caroline Howe

 

Dr Surrinder Johal

Dr Surrinder Johal

"When an opportunity comes across, take it with both hands. Don't think, 'I don't know if I can do that.' Just give it a go. If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out - but just imagine if it does!"

Read more about Dr Surrinder Johal

Erin Hallett

Erin Hallett

“I have been lucky to have known many incredible women in my life, but my Mum is the woman who inspires me the most."

Read more about Erin Hallett

Nazia Hirjee

Nazia Hirjee

"One of the women who has influenced me the most is Dr Barbara A. Kennedy, who was my personal tutor at university.  She was a straight talker, who pushed her students hard intellectually, and didn’t take any nonsense."

Read more about Nazia Hirjee

Dr Paola Criscuolo

Dr Paola Criscuolo

“If you set high enough standards for yourself, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve.”

Read more about Dr Paola Criscuolo

Dianna Nguyen

Dianna Nguyen

"When we empower women to achieve anything they put their minds to, incredible things can happen."

Read more about Dianna Nguyen

Professor Sara Rankin

Professor Sara Rankin

Professor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology, National Heart and Lung Institute

Dr Claudia Custodio

Dr Cláudia Custódio

“Aspire to be the role model you would like to have had. Do your part to change this reality."

Read more about Dr Cláudia Custódio