SUSTAIN - women in research

SUSTAIN is a programme that enables female researchers 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 the seventh round of SUSTAIN are now open and will close at 4pm (BST) on Friday 23 September.  

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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. To apply for the next round of SUSTAIN, please click the button below. 

A few participants in the latest group shared what they are hoping to learn:

About the programme

We are delighted to announce the 24 SUSTAIN participants starting their year-long programme on Monday 6 June 2022. As in previous rounds, applicants were chosen randomly and stratified by location and funder. 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 6 participants: 

Dr Anette Allen, Research Fellow, University of Manchester 

Dr Anna Barnard, Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow, Imperial College London 

Dr Michelle Buckner, Assistant Professor of Antimicrobial Resistance, University of Birmingham 

Dr Hayriye Cagnan, Associate Professor, University of Oxford 

Dr Jeongmin Choi, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge 

Dr Kirsten Christensen-Jeffries, MRC Research Fellow, King’s College London 

Dr Hannah Durrington, MRC Clinician Scientist, University of Manchester  Honorary Consultant Physician, Wythenshawe Hospital 

Dr Taya Forde, Lecturer, University of Glasgow 

Dr Toshana Foster, Assistant Professor in Molecular Virology, University of Nottingham 

Dr Jennifer Greaves, Assistant Professor, Coventry University 

Dr Betina Ip, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Oxford 

Dr Rand Ismaeel, RAEng Fellow, University of Southampton 

Dr Georgia Isom, MRC Career Development Award Fellow, University of Oxford 

Dr Katrina Lythgoe, Group Leader and Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Oxford 

Dr Verity McClelland, MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow, King’s College London 

Dr Jo Morling, MRC Clinician Scientist, Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health, University of Nottingham 

Dr Jill O’Reilly, Associate Professor, University of Oxford 

Dr Jacinta O’Shea, Associate Professor, University of Oxford 

Dr Ruth Payne, Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield 

Dr Rathi Prasad, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London 

Dr Melanie Roffet-Salque, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, University of Bristol 

Dr Danielle Whittaker, Post-doctoral researcher/Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, King’s College London 

Dr Abby Wilson, RAEng research fellow, University College London 

Dr Kali Wilson, Royal Society University Research Fellow/University of Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde 


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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