Mathematics Workplace excellence, Inclusion, Diversity, Equality & Respect (WIDER) Committee
I am a senior lecturer in the Climate Dynamics group of the Mathematics department, which I joined in 2017. My research is focused on high impact weather and climate in present and future climates in order to provide more robust information for adaptation and to improve climate resilience.
My background is in physics and meteorology and I came through my undergraduate degree believing that the lack of diversity was just the way it was. During my PhD I began to see more successful women and became committed to improving gender balance in my own discipline. In 2020 I took on the role of chair of the WIDER committee. My goal is to contribute to a culture of inclusion and celebrating diversity so that everyone can achieve their own ambitions. To achieve this, I am pleased that we have a diverse membership of the WIDER committee.
I joined the mathematics department in 2016 and am currently an MRC Research Fellow. My reserach area is the study of dynamics on networks with applications to neurological disorders including epilepsy, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
I continually strive (and often fail) to maintain a good work-life balence and belive that a good working environment is crucial for wellbeing. I am part of the WIDER committee becauses I want to be part of the solution for racial and gender equality. I want to reduce participation barriers and help evolve our community into one that values mutal respect and embraces difference.
Leo DeSousa Webb
I am an E&S senior lecturer and passionate about course design and delivery. I’m particularly interested in education that makes learning fun and personalised by addressing the students’ individual needs and while taking into account their educational background and pedagogies used prior to university level. I have participated in the Women in Mathematics Day in 2014 and 2015 where my research on Computational Methods in Fracture Mechanics was presented, and was an invited speaker at the conference Women Count in 2017 hosted by Queen Mary University of London.
I am also involved in leading the Autism Champions meetings, formed as part of the Education Incubator project The Exeter Spectrum Project, where academic and professional services staff across all colleges discuss approaches of providing effective support to autistic students and staff in higher education. Having two young sons, I’m aware of the challenges involved while working in academia and being a parent at the same time. Growing up in London and being part of a multicultural community has demonstrated the importance of EDI in the workplace and elsewhere, that all should feel comfortable, respected, and treated equally regardless of their ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and disability status.
I am a lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus with research interests in mathematical systems and control. I balance this alongside being a parent to two young children and, following a period of shared parental leave, is now working part time.
I’m keen to use my personal experience to support staff with parental responsibilities, and those who wish to engage in part time working or the shared parental leave scheme. In addition, and again drawing on personal experience, I would like to help colleagues and the University to effectively manage mental health conditions within the workplace, and to encourage more awareness and open and constructive communication about mental health.
I am the Associate Director of Education for our Mathematics programmes at the University’s Penryn Campus. I have a broad range of interests, from mathematical systems and control theory over renewable energy systems modelling to natural population and ecosystem management.
I am also a keen ambassador of bringing university and mathematics and its uses into primary and secondary school education, reaching out to pupils from all backgrounds and parts of society through hands-on workshops and events. I believe that equality, diversity and inclusivity need to be nurtured from young age and require continued and lifelong promotion.