Women of Achievement 2018: Dr Katie Field

Highlighting the accomplishments of Dr Katie Field

Dr Katie Field is a supervisor at the University of Leeds – an example of the high calibre staff supporting our PhD students within the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Dr Field, an Associate Professor in the School of Biology, is a superb scientist with extraordinary capacity for interdisciplinary innovation and has internationally-recognised expertise in symbioses between plants and fungi.

Katie was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences in 2017 for her research on the diversity and evolution of plant-fungal symbioses. These prestigious prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers, whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Katie’s BBSRC Translational (David Phillips) Fellowship (2016-2021) for research into the interactions between crops, fungi and CO2 is, to date, the only one to have been awarded.

Katie actively contributes to the work of learned societies and journals, sitting on the editorial board for Functional Ecology and as chair for the Plant Environmental Physiology Special Interest Group, which spans both the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at the University are making across our institution and beyond.

Held for the fifth time last year, the Awards are a key part of the University’s Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across Leeds University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University.

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

 

New website launched

We are delighted to announce that we have a new-look website for our White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology. Please can our students take the time to review their project pages and send updated bios/project info to Catherine Liddle at c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk. We would welcome feedback and your suggestions, please also send this to Catherine Liddle.

Advice on how to transition from PhD to Senior Lecturer

See the following link for advice from Helen Coleman, who is a senior lecturer in cancer epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast.

Career advice for students considering a career in academia

While you are on the Times Higher Education website, it is worth browsing as you will find plenty of advice, blogs etc of relevance.  You will need to register before you can read any articles.

Dragon’s Den Winning Teams

Our second year students worked together in cross-institutional teams to develop business ideas, which they presented to a panel of expert innovation and industry ‘Dragons’ at the Fera Training Day. There were moments of sheer brilliance, fun and a little bit of terror when faced with the Dragon’s questions. The Dragons were impressed with the students’ research into the commercial aspects of their business idea and it was difficult to choose a winner but after much discussion the Dragons were able to select the winning and runner-up teams.

Here are the teams receiving their prize from our External Advisory Board member Rose Maciewicz, VP Strategy Respiratory and Inflammation iMed at AstraZeneca:

2017 Dragons Den winning team:
Philip Kirk, Leeds
Sarah Flannery, Sheffield
Paul Bond, York
Oliver Prosser, Leeds
Matt Chadwick, Leeds
2017 Dragons Den runner up team:
Marcus Holt, Leeds
Jenny Hayes, York
Tom Burns, Sheffield
Oliver Herd, York
Sarah Good, Leeds

Prizes galore at our DTP Research Symposium in York

The White Rose BBSRC DTP Research Symposium was held at the University of York on 15th Dec 2017 and showcased the work of our third year and final year students. This was organised by a committee of our DTP students, led by York student Lewis White, and was a great success.

Rose thanking the excellent Student Organising Committee with chocolates . . .

We would like to congratulate all the students for their high quality presentations and posters, which were very well received by the symposium delegates. The winners of the presentation and poster competitions were very well deserved and had to fight off stiff competition from their fellow students.

Here are all the winners receiving their prize from our External Advisory Board member Rose Maciewicz, VP Strategy Respiratory and Inflammation iMed at AstraZeneca:

Best research talk:
Giovanna Pesante, York
Best PIPS talk:
Jordan Talbot, Sheffield
Best Poster teaser talk:
Joseph Ward, Leeds
Best 4th year Poster:
Caitlin McQueen, York
Best 3rd year Poster:
Emma Stewart, York

Job advice from Sarah Blackford

See Sarah’s post on the importance of your personal network when looking for a job:

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She regularly adds new posts here:

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All our third year DTP students have the opportunity to attend a career planning session with Sarah Blackford at the Fera Training Day on 20th Nov 2017.  Sarah is an academic career consultant with a background in bioscience research and scientific publishing. Qualified with a master’s degree in career education and guidance, Sarah has over 15 years’ experience of delivering  specialised career support to PhD students and early career researchers in the form of career development workshops and one-to-one coaching. Her workshops, which are based on her book, “Career planning for research bioscientists”, include career issues such as self-awareness, how to make informed career choices, the job market and finding opportunities outside of academia, networking and communication, CV writing and successful interview technique.  Sarah believes that effective personal career development lies at the heart of a successful and fulfilling career. 

DTP Newsletter – run by students for our students

Our DTP students have formed an editorial team to produce a DTP Newsletter as a way of improving the communication and networking between our three universities.  The Editor in Chief Caitlin McQueen says:

‘We hope that this newsletter will help build friendships throughout the three universities to achieve a real sense of support and involvement outside of the arranged sessions we attend during the year.

The really exciting part about this newsletter is that it is completely student run- this means that if you have something that you want to talk about, or a suggestion for a future section/recurring article, you have the ability to do so! I really think this newsletter has the potential to get us all helping each other in labs, sharing techniques and woes, but also to get everyone involved in our “other lives” not quite so freely shared with each other- so if you’re fundraising for charity, wanting some support for your band, or your sports team, please use this opportunity to get us all supporting you!

In our first issue we will be talking to some PIPs survivors to get some advice and inspiration for potential placements, we will have some scientific features articles from the cohort and a feature on the recent second year visit to the Research Complex at Harwell in Oxford. We will also be saying goodbye to our first round of PhD students and will be catching up with a few to see what they have lined up post thesis submission’

You can read the first issue of the Newsletter here:

DTP Newsletter issue 1

The second issue of the Newsletter is currently in production.  Please look out for requests from the Editorial Team – all help gratefully received!

Research Symposium 2016

The second White Rose BBSRC DTP Research Symposium was held at the University of Leeds on 16th Dec 2016.  This research-focused event gave our final year students the opportunity to present their findings to over 160 DTP students and supervisors.  There was a great variety of research on display, with excellent talks and posters from students from Leeds, Sheffield and York.  

 

There was a prize for best oral presentation and best poster, many congratulations to our prize-winning students:

Best presentation:  Alex Evans, Leeds (supervised by Graham Askew and Ning Qin)

Best poster:  Bryony Cotterell, Sheffield (supervised by Simon Foster and Simon Foster)

Here are the winners receiving their prizes from the DTP Academic Lead, Prof Alan Berry: