SUSTAIN - women in research

SUSTAIN is a programme that enables women in research to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential.

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Applications for SUSTAIN Round 9 are now closed.


Not enough female researchers are securing senior leadership posts in the UK. A concerted effort is needed to ensure women are appropriately supported along their career trajectory to enable them to secure those senior positions.

Our SUSTAIN programme provides female researchers a fantastic opportunity to benefit from individualised support tailored to their career needs. 


About the programme

We are delighted to announce the 23 SUSTAIN participants starting their year-long programme on Wednesday 21 June. As in previous rounds, applicants were chosen randomly and stratified by location and funder. For SUSTAIN Rounds 8 and 9 we are trialing a new selection process, ensuring a minimum number of places go to those who are further minoritised within academia. All applicants are grant awardees funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society or the Royal Academy of Engineering. The programme will provide the participants with a range of innovative training and support opportunities to develop and refine their leadership and career potential. 

SUSTAIN round 8 participants: 

Sarah Aitken, MRC Group Leader & Honorary Consultant Pathologist, University of Cambridge

Meena Balasubramanian, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University of Sheffield

Margherita Bertuzzi, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, University of Manchester

Kirstyn Brunker, Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Floryne Buishand, Lecturer Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Chiara Ciccarelli, Assistant Professor, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Marilena Crescente, Senior Lecturer in Haematology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Ellen Garland, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of St Andrews

Imogen Gingell, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Georgina Gregory, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Oxford

Claire Higham, Consultant Endocrinologist, University of Manchester

Helena Knowles, University Assistant Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Cerys Manning, Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Sophie Meekings, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of York

Beatriz Mingo, Senior Lecturer and RAEng Fellow, University of Manchester

Nicola Paine, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Loughborough University

Reshma Rao, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Michaela Reichmann, Associate Professor, University of Southampton

Gulsen Surmeli, Sir Henry Dale fellow, University of Edinburgh

Paz Tayal, MRC Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Imperial College London

Teresa Tropea, MRC CDA Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Mie Wong, Group Leader and Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University College London

Joanna Young, MRC Career Development Award Fellow, University of Edinburgh


SUSTAIN  is supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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