Professor Vicki Bruce (Chair)
Professor Dame Vicki Bruce is an experimental psychologist (now Professor Emerita at Newcastle University), whose research has focussed on how humans perceive and recognise faces. She was Deputy Principal for Research at the University of Stirling (1995-2002) and then Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh (2002-2008) before returning to her roots in the North East. She has held many roles within research councils and funding councils, most recently serving on the Stern review panel which developed the framework which guided REF2021. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Professor Andrea Cooper
Andrea Cooper is Professor of Cellular Immunology and Dean of Research for the College of Life Science at the University of Leicester. Her work helps define the mechanisms that mediate initiation, expression, and regulation of immunity within the lung using Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a model infection. This work contributes to the development of working models of individual susceptibility to lung disease and to the development of rationally designed interventions particularly in the realm of vaccine-induced cellular responses. She held the Francis B Trudeau Chair, was Deputy Chair of the Infection and Immunity Board for the MRC and is a founding member of the Collaboration for TB vaccine Design and a member of the TB Vaccine Initiative – both international groups focused on the rational design of vaccines to combat tuberculosis.
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Dr Anna K Dickson
Dr Anna K Dickson is the Director of Research for the House of Commons. As Director she has strategic oversight of the research output of 100 researchers responding to requests for information from MPs and proactively publishing legislative briefing papers and other research output. She is also responsible for quality assurance processes and editorial policy of the Research team.
She is currently leading an exciting project to create a Policy, Research and Analysis Community across Select Committee Teams and Researchers in Parliament. As part of this project to encourage collaboration, knowledge exchange in research hubs, the ESRC has funded three academics to increase knowledge of and interaction with external research and help to build centres of excellence.
Since joining Parliament in 2004 she has worked in a variety of roles including in Select Committees and the Procedural Offices.
With an academic background she was previously lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Durham. Her research area was at the intersection of international relations and development studies. She has written on EU development policies and on the politics of international trade in commodities (in particular sugar and bananas).
Anna currently sits on the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel as an external reader.
Professor Simon Gill
Dr Sarah Inskip
Dr Sarah Inskip is a Bioarchaeologist whose research focuses on understanding how past changes in human behaviour and social practices have had an impact on health and wellbeing through time. Her early research at the University of Southampton focused understanding the emergence of Islamic identity through examination of physical and burial practices in early Medieval Iberia. While teaching at the University of Leiden, Sarah also began researching the evolutionary history of leprosy using an interdisciplinary approach which combined archaeological, historic and genetic data. This work has been important in revising narratives about the disease origin and spread, as well as highlighting the zoonotic potential for the disease. In 2016, Sarah moved to Cambridge to work in the Wellcome Trust funded 'After the Plague ' project which focused on assessing the long term biological and social impact of the Black Death on the population of Cambridge. In 2020, Sarah was awarded a prestigious UKRI-FLF fellowship to assess the impact of tobacco on the health of Western Europeans from 1600-1900 at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester. This project will be the first look at the relationship between changing patterns of disease in the Early modern period and tobacco use practices. Through working with clinicians, we also aim to produce the first evolutionary studies of the impact of tobacco on population health, demonstrating the importance and relevance of archaeology for contextualising and addressing current day health dilemmas.
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Dr Himanshu Kaul
Himanshu Kaul is a Biomedical Engineer whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the integration of computational, experimental, and clinical data/methods to gain systems-level understanding of biological phenomena. His scientific contributions include amendment of the definition of the dynamic reciprocity principle, a virtual asthma patient that predicted the clinical impact of three different asthma drugs on two clinical outcomes, which remains unprecedented in respiratory medicine, and the first computational framework capable of predicting how changes in gene network topology impact tissue patterns. His work on the virtual patient has been recognised as a ‘Virtual Physiological Human Institute Success Story’ and one of the ‘Top 5 Innovations Pioneered at the University of Leicester’. His research has been a focus of multiple media interviews on radio, print, and podcast. Himanshu secured his doctorate from the University of Oxford. In 2021, he joined the University of Leicester as its first Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. Here, he leads an interdisciplinary lab with PhD students focused on research at the interface of engineering, robotics, software development, molecular cell biology, cancer, computational modelling, and criminology.
Dr Laura Meagher
Dr Meagher is an independent consultant in strategic change in research and higher education, specialising in the development and evaluation of innovative approaches including interdisciplinarity, impact-generation and capacity-building, as well as in writing about and providing masterclasses/workshops on these processes. Along with peer-reviewed articles, she has co-authored the book Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity, available in paperback or free online, Bloomsbury Press.
Steve is a passionate advocate of the power of Education and Philanthropy to transform lives and communities locally and worldwide. He has played leading roles in organisations that have courageously and effectively sought to address inequality and exclusion whether improving cancer services in disadvantaged communities at Macmillan Cancer Care, widening access to higher education and the academy for traditionally excluded groups at the Universities of Bristol and Leicester or campaigning to end child poverty as a UK Director at Barnardo’s.
He has been closely associated with the University over four decades as a graduate, senior member of staff and most recently as Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor for Advancement and Civic Engagement during which time he collaborated with LIAS in launching the innovative Community Engagement Fund. Steve holds a BA (Hons) from Leicester and is a Certified Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Professor Manish Pareek
Professor Manish Pareek graduated from the University of Birmingham with Honours in Medicine and undertook general medical training before completing an academic specialist training programme in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine in Leicester and London (Imperial College London) funded by the NIHR and MRC. At present he is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases within University Hospitals of Leicester. His primary research interests are: tuberculosis, migrant health, health policy, modelling and health economics. He has undertaken a significant amount of work on the impact of ethnicity on COVID-19 outcomes and is the Chief Investigator of UK-REACH which is examining COVID-19 in healthcare workers.
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Professor Teela Sanders
Teela Sanders is Professor of Criminology and currently Dean for Research and Enterprise for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the University of Leicester. She is a leading international scholar in research on the intersections between gender, regulation, governance and crime, specifically in the sex industry. Sanders also works in collaboration with practitioners from organisations such as the Revenge Porn Helpline and Bar Hostesses Empowerment and Support Programme in Nairobi. She has received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2019-2021 to conduct a re-study reflecting on a 20 year period of brothel work. She currently works on a multi-disciplinary international research project with peers on an ESRC grant: Understanding Sexual Violence in Sex Working Populations: Law, Legal Consciousness and Legal Practice in Four Countries that runs to 2024.
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Dr Morven Shearer
Dr Shearer is Director of the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of St Andrews. A life scientist originally, she became interested in wider issues of bioethics and science policy and subsequently moved into the area of medical ethics and law. Her areas of interest are trust and fairness, with a policy and practice focus. She chaired the research ethics committee (REC) in the School of Medicine at St Andrews for 8 years, and served as deputy convenor for the University REC. In the education-sphere, her research interests centre around interdisciplinarity, the teaching and assessing of ethics and the ethical review of pedagogic research and scholarship. A former Director of Teaching in the School of Biology and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science, she values collaboration and led a cross-institutional faculty learning community to explore reflective academic practice.