Faculty membership

  • Our team is made up of enthusiastic champions representing academics and professional services staff across all career levels and all areas of the Faculty. We are enthusiastic and motivated and meet regularly – normally once a month - to look at feedback, review progress and propose and implement actions that will benefit both men and women.

    We communicate informally through outreach to our colleagues, through our Faculty communications mechanisms (for example the Faculty newsletter) and we run the Faculty Athena Swan surveys and focus groups.

    Our Chair reports direct to our Faculty senior management team.

    Professor Susan Brooks

    Professor Susan Brooks

    Director of Researcher Development, Professor in Cell Biology, and Chair of the Faculty Athena Swan team

    • Joined as Senior Lecturer in 1995
    • Appointed as the University’s Research Training Coordinator, 0.5FTE, in 2006
    • Promoted to Reader in 2010
    • Promoted to Professor in 2017
    • Partner is a medical researcher in London-both have elderly parents.

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    Dr Verena Kriechbaumer

    Dr Verena Kriechbaumer

    Senior Research Fellow

    • Joined on a BBSRC grant in 2012 following a PhD in Munich
    • Promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2017.

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    Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt

    Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt

    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    Alfred Veldhuis

    Alfred Veldhuis

    PhD research student


    • PhD research student in cognitive neuroscience, funded by a Nigel Groome/Oxford Brookes University 150th Anniversary Studentship in the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development
    • Alfred is also a part-time demonstrator in psychology, assisting in statistics and providing support for neurophysiological experiments.

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    Professor Kadhim Munira

    Professor Kadhim Munira

    Professor and Head of the Radiation Biology Research Group

    • Born in Baghdad, Iraq, and gained a 1st degree in life sciences from Baghdad University
    • Moved with husband and 2-year- old daughter to the UK and achieved a PhD from Swansea University
    • Worked for several years as Postdoc research assistant at Swansea University, and joined MRC-Harwell, Oxfordshire in 1990
    • Joined Oxford Brookes University and in 2007 and was promoted to Professor of Radiation Biology.

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    Jane Butcher

    Jane Butcher

    Equality Diversity and Inclusion Adviser for Staff

    • Joined in 2015, works FT. Public and third sector equality projects and women in STEMM initiatives.
    • FT and PT and remote working and career break experience
    • Ongoing distance eldercare
    • Jane is our Consultant from the in the Directorate of Human Resources.

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    Robyn Stiger

    Robyn Stiger

    Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

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    Abigayle Langford

    Research Administrator

    Jill Childs

    Jill Childs

    Programme Lead - Social Work, Principal Lecturer

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    Craig Churchley

    Programme Administrator

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    Ricardo de São João

    Research Grants Officer

    Christine Ashton

    Christine Ashton

    Laboratory Technician

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    Gillian Jones

    Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

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    Donald Ridley

    Associate Dean Strategy and Development

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    Elaine Dagnall

    HR Business Partnership Manager

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    Elaine Mason

    Executive Office Manager and PA to Dean of Faculty

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    Georgia Cook

    Georgia Cook

    Post Doctoral Research Assistant

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  • The team meets regularly to challenge and introduce initiatives to improve the appointment and selection process, promotions, career development, early careers support, workplace flexibility and working culture.