Julia Higgins Medal and Awards
The 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 2018 awards are now open, and close on Friday 9 February 2018. You can download the nomination form below. Completed forms should be returned to Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion).
"Promoting gender equality has been a priority for me since I joined the College. We still have a lot of work to do, but we have made outstanding progress. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the colleagues whose hard work, dedication and commitment has got us to this point."
Provost, speaking at 2017 Julia Higgins Awards
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.
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.
The 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
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
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.