Professor Dame Julia HigginsThe Julia Higgins Medal and Awards are awarded annually to recognise individuals, groups, and departments that have made a significant contribution to the support of academic women at the College. They are named in honour of Professor Dame Julia Higgins FRS, FREng, Professor of Polymer Science, now a Senior Research Investigator in Chemical Engineering, and previously Dean of the City and Guilds College and Principal of the Faculty of Engineering.

Nominations for the 2019 Medal and Awards will open on Monday 3 December. The deadline for nominations is Friday 8 February 2019.

Julia Higgins Awards 2019 Nomination Form (Word)

Previous Winners

2017

The 2017 Julia Higgins Awards were presented to presented Dr Cleo Kontoravdi and Dr Jess Wade. Cleo was recognised for her work improving culture in the Department of Chemical Engineering, including a number of initiatives to support the postdoc community. Jess received the award for her outreach work with schools and her work to support women in physics at the College and beyond.

Julia Higgins Awards presentation 2017

2016

The 2016 Julia Higgins Medal was awarded to Professor Dot Griffiths, Provost's Envoy for Gender Equality, for the fundamental contributions she has made to the support of academic women and the gender culture of the College over many years. 

Hailey Smith, Welcome Service Manager, Human Resources, and Lenne Lillepuu, Department of Life Sciences, received Awards for their work in relation to the College’s Athena SWAN work. 

2016 Julia Higgins award winners

2015

Liz Elvidge presented with MedalThe 2015 Julia Higgins Medal was awarded to Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of the Postdoc Development Centre, in recognition of her work with female postdocs and early career academics.

The 2015 Julia Higgins Awards were awarded to:

Dr Karen Makuch, Academic Women’s Ambassador for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Lecturer in Environmental Law, Centre for Environmental Policy

Ms Su Nandy, Senior HR Manager, Faculty of Engineering

Dr Lesley Rushton, Reader in Occupational Epidemiology

Dr Vicky Salem, Academic Women’s Ambassador for the Department of Medicine and NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Department of Medicine

Dr Emma Watson, Education Manager in the National Heart & Lung Institute

2014

Athena Gold cake

The 2014 Julia Higgins Medal was awarded to the Department of Chemistry, in recognition of its success in becoming the first College Department to receive a Gold Athena SWAN award.

The 2014 Julia Higgins Awards were awarded to:

Mr Rob Bell from the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre

Dr Patricia Hunt from the Department of Chemistry

The Learning and Development Centre

Inaugural winners in 2013

The inaugural Medal was awarded to  Professor Lesley Cohen from Physics. Lesley initiated the activity in support of women academics at the College through her booklet ‘Voices from Women in Science’. This led to the foundation of the Academic Opportunities Committee and a survey of all academic women. What hasdistinguished Lesley’s work and leadership is her commitment to inspire and enable improvements which benefit the whole College community.

The Department of Chemistry and the National Health and Lung Institute received Julia Higgins Awards for their work in supporting their female academics. Both have engaged in significant cultural transformation which has created benefit throughout their departments.

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