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Psychology academic represents Daphne Jackson Trust at L’Oreal–UNESCO science awards

Psychology 7 July 2015

Dr Gillian Forrester, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, represented the Daphne Jackson Trust at the annual L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards on Tuesday 23 June. Dr Forrester was asked to represent the Trust after gaining its Fellowship, helping her to return to her science career at the University after a break.

Established in 1998, the L'Oreal-UNESCO partnership is a long-term commitment to recognising women in science and supporting scientific vocations. For Women in Science has grown into a global programme that includes International, Regional and National Fellowships and an international network of over 2,000 women in over 100 countries.

Dr Forrester has previously held a Daphne Jackson Trust Research Fellowship, which is designed to help women and men working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) disciplines return to research with confidence after a career break. She is a comparative cognitive neuroscientist interested in the evolution and development of human cognition. Her research involves the integration of modern technology and the convergence of methodologies across multiple disciplines.

Gillian Forrester meets Professor Dame Uta Frith

Gillian Forrester with Professor Dame Uta Frith at the awards ceremony

Speaking about having been awarded a Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship, Dr Forrester said: "I was elated to have been awarded a Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship. My fellowship allowed me to return to a career in science as a competitive academic while maintaining a healthy work-life balance."

The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology is currently recruiting two Daphne Jackson Trust Fellows in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences as part of their Athena SWAN action plan. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

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