Education

University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
October 2006September 2010
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering (Hons.)
Conducted an investigation into “methods of coupling VLSI-implemented non-linear oscillators”, demanding good project management to balance independent working with lectures and extra-curricular pursuits, while developing existing programming skills. Practical experience with lab equipment and EDA tools. Communication and delegation abilities have been demonstrated in leading several group design projects.
Beths Grammar School, Bexley, Kent
September 1999July 2006
A-Levels in Mathematics (A), Physics (B), Electronics (B) and Further Mathematics (D).
GCSEs in 13 subjects, all graded A*–B.

Employment

Equality & Diversity Officer
October 2010 – Present
University of Southampton, Southampton
Supporting the University to meet its statutory equality requirements and further its inclusivity for staff and students from different backgrounds and experiences. My role has grown to focus particularly on gender equality, providing guidance and background data to teams across the university as they follow the Athena SWAN self-assessment process. I also support the corporate Athena SWAN team and actions relating to academic recruitment, promotion and personal and professional development. My role has also involved support for the university's LGB&T Employees Network, embedding Equality Impact Assessments, ‘mainstreaming’ inclusivity through leadership and governance structures, developing policy and guidance for trans* inclusion and on-going advice to colleagues on best practice in equality in higher education.
Web Developer
January 2008July 2009
Southampton University Students' Union, Southampton
Developing websites and associated applications with a team of students, combining part-time employment with a full-time degree. Relational databases and object-oriented programming were used extensively in implementing a PHP templating system, in addition to Adobe Photoshop for graphic design.
Systems designer and programmer
June 2007September 2007
ECS, University of Southampton, Southampton
Engineering an open repository of datasets for use in machine-learning research, as a robust web-based distributed system, using PHP and SOAP.
IT Support Technician
September 2006May 2007
Skills for Growth, Bexleyheath, Kent
Often responsible as the sole IT support contact of an FE college, requiring privileged access to systems. Suggesting improved applications of existing resources, while administering a Microsoft Windows Domain, Active Directory and Group Policies.
Sales partner (temporary)
December 2005
John Lewis, Bluewater, Kent
Engaging customers with calm professionalism during the busy Christmas-shopping period, negotiating the sale of varied goods, while organising deliveries, checking stock and tendering transactions with only informal on-the-job training.

Voluntary Experience

Athena SWAN Panellist
May 2013 – Present
Equality Challenge Unit, London
Twice annually (as required by the ECU) I review Athena SWAN submissions from institutions and their departments across the UK. This contributes to the awarding process and provides me with insight into the process itself. I can also learn from the submissions themselves about other institutions' approach to gender equality.
I have chaired a panel on one occasion.
Community Peer Educator
March 2010April 2014
Peer Educators, Southampton
Counselling members of the Southampton LGBT community in issues related to relationships, sexual health, drugs and domestic abuse; dispensing information and contraceptives; sign-posting to relevant local services; raising awareness of current and ongoing health risks; and attending regular training courses to insure up-to-date and correct knowledge.
LGBT Students' Co-ordinator
October 2008September 2010
Southampton University Students' Union, University of Southampton
Working with the University's diversity team to address concerns of LGBT students and staff; develop new policies to improve working environment for students and staff; and networking with related organisations locally and nationally.
Society President
May 2009May 2010
Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Society, University of Southampton
Leading an enthusiastic group of student volunteers to organise awareness events, including political debates, speakers and protests; offer peer-supported welfare services; and arranging varied social events.
Teaching Assistant
November 2005July 2006
Mayplace Primary School, Bexleyheath, Kent
Supervising gifted primary school children for an extra-curricular mathematics course. Developed teaching and communication skills, breaking down complex puzzles to guide the pupils to solve the problems themselves. Further volunteered to assist with afternoon science practical lessons.

Courses and conferences attended

Stonewall Workplace Conference
March 2010
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London
Representing the University of Southampton's sudents, at a one-day cross-sector conference; learned of the latest figures and best-practices affecting LGB diversity policy development; and co-ordinated with other Universities, and Southampton & Hampshire member organisations.
dConstruct
September 2008
Brighton Dome, Brighton
A one-day conference highlighting developments in semantic web design and the “social web”, where much was learned about the cross-referencing design of Web 2.0 and cutting-edge web design practices.
GIFT extra-curricular course
April and August 2002
GIFT Ltd., Billericay, Essex
Two week-long residential courses for gifted students, tackling challenging multi-disciplinary problems, debating topics and sharing creative skills with peers.

Competencies

  • OO programming and UML
  • Microprocessor programming and debugging: AVR (C) & PIC (asm)
  • Project management
  • Technical report authoring
  • Library, journal and internet research
  • Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
Computer languages
Applications
  • LTspice IV
  • Cadence OrCAD PSpice & Layout
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim
  • Tektronix Oscilloscope tools
  • GIT & Subversion
  • Apple Xcode
  • GCC & GNU Maketools
  • AVR GCC toolchain
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Office 2000–2008
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4

Interests

  • Cycling and rock climbing
  • Travelling
  • Language: vocabulary, syntax & etymology (English, French & German)
  • Science fiction
  • Live & recorded music; and hi-fi
  • Piano (grade eight unexamined) and singing
  • Graphic design