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Manchester academic appointed a trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust

23 Apr 2014

An academic from the Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences has recently become a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust.

Professor Karen Hassell

Professor Karen Hassell, based in the Manchester Pharmacy School, will sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Trust.

The Trust aims to return researchers to their careers, helping retain a talented STEM workforce by offering flexible fellowships with mentoring and training to allow women and men to return to research after a career break of two or more years, for family, caring or health reasons.

It supports equality and diversity in the research workforce and aims to develop partnerships that extend the reach and increase the impact of flexible working opportunities for STEM researchers.

Dr Katie Perry, Chief Executive of the Trust, announced and welcomed the new Trustees at the ‘Women and Change in Higher Education Conference’ which took place in Durham earlier this week.

A new report into Women’s Scientific Careers published by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee stated that universities must do more to retain women in scientific careers, and encouraged more Higher Education Institutions to sponsor and host Daphne Jackson Fellows.

Professor Hassell has always been very committed to helping researchers maintain active and fulfilling careers in academia, and is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Trust.

Professor Hassell said: “I hope that my appointment will provide an opportunity for the University of Manchester to work with the Daphne Jackson Trust in sponsoring more Fellows here at Manchester.”

The Faculty’s Institute of Population Health has also recently announced that it is both sponsoring and hosting a Daphne Jackson Fellowship. This is the first time a Daphne Jackson Fellowship has been sponsored at the University and this opportunity is within the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (GM PSTRC).

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2014.