I am an Oxford Postgraduate Access Mentor, because I am convinced that Oxford should be an accessible place regardless of background.
As part of my access work, I have one-on-one mentoring sessions with prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Many students, junior researchers and even senior academics struggle with imposter syndrome, particularly those who are underrepresented in academia. In honor of Women’s History Month, I organised an informal get-together for the members of Jesus College to discuss strategies for tackling imposter syndrome and navigating academia.
Dance is a fundamental form of human expression. But how do humans string together complex movements to a choreographed dance? How do audience and dancer interact during the performance? To explore the fascinating topic of ‘The Neuroscience of Dance’, I organised an afternoon combining science, virtual reality and performance, as part of the Centre for the Creative Brain program led by Professor Charlotte Stagg.
To showcase the wide variety of research conducted by graduate students at Jesus College, I organised the ‘Jesus College Graduate Lightning Talks’. The talks consisted of 3-minute lightning pitches summarising the student’s project plus a Q&A session.
The ‘reproducibility crisis’ has illustrated deep-seated problems with the way research is conducted. In 2017, Professor Dorothy Bishop, Dr. Ana Todorovic, Dr. Verena Heise and I therefore organised the first Oxford Reproducibility School, a workshop that consists of seminars on practical ways to make research more reproducible and of networking opportunities to connect reproducibility-focussed researchers.