Biochemical Engineering


Athena SWAN

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Our department is proud to have held an Athena SWAN Silver award since 2011, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the advancement of women within the field. We endeavour to provide a supportive working environment in which all staff and students are given the same opportunity to contribute and strive towards their full potential.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises the achievements of universities in supporting the careers of women in the STEMM subjects within academia and research.

Further information about Athena SWAN can be found at their website: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charter-marks/athena-swan/

The Department’s Self Assessment Team (SAT) meets regularly to review practices and monitor the implementation of our planned actions.  We welcome feedback that helps us address our Athena SWAN objectives.

The SAT is currently formed by:

  • Prof Gary Lye, Head of Department 
  • Prof Eli Keshavarz-Moore, Professor 
  • Dr Martina Micheletti, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Darren Nesbeth, Lecturer (SAT lead)
  • Dr Brenda Parker, Lecturer
  • Dr Mike Sulu, Teaching Staff
  • Miss Anne C. Wilson, Departmental Manager
  • Mr Kim Morgan, Outreach and Communications Coordinator
  • Miss Haneen Alosert, Student
  • Miss Cecile Geier, Student
  • Miss Allia Ruggiero, Student
  • Miss Sarah Slack, Student
  • Mr Olusegun Folarin, Student

Team members’ selection was based on the need for diversity in gender, academic level, parenthood responsibilities as well as previous gender equalities experience via involvement in the Women’s International Studies Europe (WISE) programme, and the Faculty Women in Engineering student society.

Dr Martina Micheletti

Dr Martina Micheletti was appointed as a Lecturer in 2007 following a three years postdoctoral position in the Department. As soon as Martina joined as a researcher she was assigned a senior academic staff mentor who realized her potential and encouraged her ambitions to pursue an academic career. Following her mentor’s advice, Martina attended several teaching courses as part of the personal development training required by College and she had a chance to further develop her research and teaching skills.

She also had a chance to present her work to several international conferences and national seminars, where she started to develop some important academic links with the leading experts in the field. Her successes, self-driven enthusiasm and skills were noted by the HoD and senior staff Management Committee and she was appointed a Lecturer as soon as such position was available from College. During her first three years of probation at UCL Martina made incredible progress and soon became independent in her research, teaching and enabling roles. During her probation period she had her first child and took a period of maternity leave. On her return, she applied and was granted flexible working hours because of her desire to carry on breastfeeding. She was allowed to work from home on up to 3 days a week and this facilitated enormously her transition to being a full time working mother.

With the Department’s support Martina applied for the EPSRC First Grant Scheme, which supports early academic to spend a period of intensive research free from other loads. The HoD at her last appraisal recognized this is the area she has to focus on to be able to achieve promotion and he supported Martina’s application by ensuring he is going to re-align her responsibilities.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD) research student Sheun Oshinbolu has been awarded a prestigious Royal Commission Fellowship for her work in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline on reducing the cost and time of developing antibodies.

Publication date: 11 October 2016

We're extremely pleased to announce that UCL Biochemical Engineering PhD Student Fatumina has made the shortlist of three finalists for the Rising Star award, sponsored by Intel. The winners will be announced at the WISE Awards ceremony in London on the 10th November 2016.

Publication date: 9 September 2016

Patricia has recently joined The Department of Biochemical Engineering as a teaching fellow, as well as taking up a new post Patricia has been nominated as a finalist in the ICheme Global Awards as Young Chemical Engineer in Research. The research is for a project in skin penetration.

Publication date: 17 August 2016

  • Brenda Parker and Martina Micheletti profiled in The Woman Engineer

UCL Biochemcial Engineering's Dr Brenda Parker and Dr Martina Michletti both had profiles printed recently in The Woman Engineer. Read Brenda's profile here, and Martina's profile here.

  • Shared Parental Leave - From 5th April 2015

UCL Human Resources is excited to announce the launch of Shared Parental Leave – enabling employees to share their Maternity or Adoption Leave with their partner.  UCL has made this available to all employees expecting a baby or adopting from 5th April 2015, regardless of length of service and with enhanced pay. 

For more information please see the new Parental Leave policy, Parental Leave FAQs, or get in touch with your ECA contact