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University Committees


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(You will be required to log in using your standard CIS username and password ) . Once you are logged onto the "My Elections" page, please click on the hyperlink in the "Ballots" column.

Voting guidance is available here.

The deadline for voting is 5pm Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Members of staff at grade 7 and above (with the exception of ex-officio members of Senate) are eligible to vote.

The election is a Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. Further information is available here.

For further guidance please contact the election's returning officer: John Marsh (Governance and Executive Support)


Members of the Academic Electoral Assembly are invited to elect six individuals to its Standing Committee and to serve as members of Senate.There are six seats to be elected to serve from 1 August 2018 for a period of three years.

Given Senate's responsibilities as the guardian of academic standards and a debating forum for matters of strategic academic importance, AEA members elected to serve on Senate are expected to demonstrate the following:

  1. A commitment to attend and participate in meetings of Senate and the Standing Committee of the AEA normally twice a term.
  2. Sufficient relevant experience of teaching and/or research to be able to contribute effectively to discussions on academic policy at Senate. This experience to be derived from playing a significant and direct role in these activities at an appropriate level.

Nominations have been received from the following (in alphabetical order) - clicking on candidate names will take you to their supporting statement:


Roberta Aguzzoli

Ilan Baron Elizabeth Bromley Trudi Buck Michael Cooke
Duncan Connors Helen Cramman Chris Greenwell Hannah King Iain Lindsey
Jackie Mosely Susan Pyner Roy Quinlan Rosie Ridgway Jacquie Robson
Kay Schiller David Toll

Candidates Statements

Roberta Aguzzoli (Proposer: Andrew Pendleton, Seconder: Rosalie Hall)

As Assistant Professor of Management within Durham Business School, I would bring an expertise to the senate that derives from both my knowledge of the University, my teaching and research interests, and the experience that comes from working in different cultural environments and international settings. My research interests are in International Human Resource Management which is a field I have been exploring for the last 12 years. Studying and teaching this topic has given me insights into the motivations of individuals in very different cultural contexts. Indeed, prior to joining DBS I worked in universities in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Brazil. Living and teaching in these varied environments has been an enriching experience that has facilitated my appreciation of different university systems and cultures. Additionally, it has brought me face-to-face with the different challenges encountered by institutions and students consequent upon the whole range of social-political-economic factors that impinge upon the academic mission. I am, therefore, sensitive to the need for equal opportunity in education and believe that must be underpinned by a true appreciation of the impact of diversity in student populations. My intuition in this respect will serve to benefit my contribution to academic issues within the University.

Ilan Baron (Proposer: Christopher Finlay, Seconder: Cameron Harrington)

Universities play a crucial role in our societies, including acting as foundations for democratic life. Through our research and our teaching, we help shape the world we live in. This is an awesome responsibility. But universities are increasingly under threat. The corporatisation and consumerization of academic life risk turning universities from institutions of higher learning into pseudo-corporations that sell a product, view students like consumers, and devalue staff. Durham University has not been immune to these pressures. While we have resisted some, we have succumbed to others. I want Durham to be a destination university for students and for staff. We should be a place that leads the Higher Education sector, but we all know that we have much work to do. I’ve been privileged to work at Durham for about 9 years. I am an Associate Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA). I have published widely, from top journals and university presses to international newspapers; I have been a student mentor in two Colleges, and I have held a range of administrative posts, including being on SGIA’s management group. I am standing for election to the AEA in order to support and defend our vocation.

Elizabeth Bromley (Proposer: Emma Flynn, Seconder: Marek Szablewski)

I am an Associate Professor in the Physics Department and I have been a member of Durham University for eight years. My research is focussed on biological physics which is interdisciplinary in nature, and I am currently engaged in collaborations with colleagues across Maths, Chemistry, Computer Science and Biosciences. I have participated fully in the teaching aspect of the role including supervising research students, lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teaching in laboratories. I have also taken on a range of administration roles including admissions, being a course director, and overseeing a program wide review of assessment in teaching.

I have engaged passionately in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work of my department by serving on our Diversity and Equality Committee and then taking over as chair. I am now Director of Equality Diversity and Inclusion for Physics and sit on the departmental Senior Management Committee. I have recently taken on the role of Science Faculty Athena Swan Lead. I am standing for election to Senate both because of the EDI experience I could bring to Senate and because of the added value I could then bring back to my EDI roles gained through being a member of Senate.

Trudi Buck (Proposer: Gleider Hernandez, Seconder: Jo Setchell)

I have a masters and a PhD from Durham and I am now Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Anthropology department. I am standing to help support the careers of all staff in the University at all levels and in all streams and job families. I am actively engaged with wider issues in the University. I am a member of a working group developing the University policy and statement on the responsible use of research metrics. I am also an active member of the Learning and Teaching Network and sit on the Steering Committee of the Teaching Focused Academics Network. I am a member of a special interest group working on equality, inclusivity and diversity for both current and future students. I was awarded the Durham Students’ Union Outstanding Academic (Social Sciences) award in 2015, recognising my commitment to students and to research-led teaching.

Duncan Connors (Proposer: Thomas Renstrom, Seconder: John Moffatt)

The past year was difficult for staff at Durham and the university sector. Many portray the recent strike as being solely about our diminishing pensions, but the reality was different; the strike was also about the many small humiliations inflicted on academics and our commitment to high standards of teaching and research.

I gave up on student politics a decade ago. Starting as an undergraduate sitting on every committee going (included two years on senate) followed by student union positions that culminated with being General Secretary of the National Postgraduate Committee, I had decided to settle down after finishing my PhD at Glasgow and enjoy my academic career. However, after 14 years teaching and researching economic history at Cambridge, Coventry and Durham I feel that the internal and external pressures of revenue targets, a customer culture and the pyrrhic exercises that are the REF and the TEF are eroding our efforts to keep the highest academic standards.

I am running for senate to preserve the democratic staff voice. I promise to use my experience as an academic of long standing combined with my background in the union movement to ensure the highest academic standards at Durham in these difficult times.

Michael Cooke (Proposer: Andrew Gallant, Seconder: Claudio Balocco)

In 2000, I joined the University as a physics and then an engineering researcher. Subsequently, I spent six years undertaking industrial research allowing me to develop an understanding of the business sector requirements. In 2012, I returned to the Engineering Department as an Experimental Officer, looking after all aspects of the Electronics Group research facilities. This includes working with research students and staff, dealing with safety, finances, and industrial partners. I also help develop funding opportunities and new research lines.

Currently, I see the University is in a time of flux, where there are challenges to help it meet its full potential on the international stage. My background can bring a valuable perspective to this; helping to streamline and steer the process. As an Experimental Officer, I have a unique position being at the interface between technical, research and academic, so can bring a balanced viewpoint to discussion and fresh new ideas. In seeking election to the AEA Standing Committee, I want to become involved in these discussions at Senate and help to improve the University over the next few years and beyond, making it both a global success and a place to encourage growth for its staff.

Helen Cramman (Proposer: Christine Merrell, Seconder: Vanessa Kind)

Since arriving at Durham University in 2005, I have held multiple teaching and research positions across the social and physical sciences as well as spinning out a company from research in the physics department. I believe strongly in collaboration and understand the challenges faced by different fields having led research projects working across disciplines.

Through my current role as Research Team Lead at the School of Education and former role as Research Contract Manager in CEM, I have extensive experience of working with the university’s professional services teams to implement practical procedures and methods for supporting efficient delivery of research and consultancy projects worth over £1M annual research income and also in leading a team of staff on the research track.

Much has been done in the last twelve months to improve the systems and strategies that underpin research at Durham University. However, there is still a long way to go to enable the University to be a world-leading research institution. As an AEA Standing Committee Member I would be a strong and passionate voice for research active staff across all disciplines to ensure that Durham University’s strategies, policies and procedures are fit-for-purpose to enable the delivery of world-changing research.

Chris Greenwell (Proposer: John Girkin, Seconder: Alan Kenwright)

I wish to be elected to the academic assembly on senate to represent members of the University facing daily challenges in delivering excellent research and teaching, particularly those working at the interface of disciplines. After a decade here, I see Durham’s compactness, coupled to its reputation in teaching and research as enabling, facilitating academics working together to provide unique and enriching academic experiences.

Working for a small company for five years prior to academia, and with numerous industry partners and sponsors as an academic, provides me with an appreciation of co-delivery of multiple viewpoints and perspectives. As a chemist by training, now working in Earth Sciences, I have always worked at the interface of disciplines and have co-directed two cross-discipline University Research Institutes, the DEI up to 2015, and presently the IAS.

As an academic at Durham, I have been the Department lead on equality, diversity and inclusion, chair of health and safety and director of undergraduate admissions, roles requiring excellent communication and balancing of multiple viewpoints.

If elected, I will operate an open door policy, with offices on Palace Green and the Science Site, encouraging engagement from academic staff throughout the University.

Hannah King (Proposer: Clare McGlynn, Seconder: Graham Towl)

I am Assistant Professor and Director of Education in the Department of Sociology and a young(ish) new mum. I believe that broad representation is essential for good governance. Over the last decade I have gained varied academic experience at several institutions, including precarious positions (a key challenge for the academy). Much of this has been at Durham, including holding a senior College position, which significantly enhanced my understanding of student experience and support issues. I also bring significant non-academic professional experience from former local government and voluntary sector roles, including Senior Policy Officer, Youth Justice and Youth/Community positions. Working with and for vulnerable young people has grounded in me a strong commitment to ensuring diverse voices are included within debate. This is reflected in my research, which is driven by a belief in effecting social change. My strong professional background and methodological commitment to participatory and innovative methods extends into my work ethic. I am known for working in a collegial and supportive way and being empathetic in the face of conflict. This is reflected in my commitment to our students, most recently evidenced in winning the DU Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award for our Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme.

Iain Lindsey (Proposer: Caroline Dodd-Reynolds, Seconder: Gina Porter)

Across 15 years of a somewhat peripatetic academic career spanning roles from Research Associate to Associate Professor in different universities, there have been multiple times when decisions affecting me have been made without any real opportunity for input. As a result, Durham’s traditions of academic democracy resonate strongly with me. After four years within the Department of Sociology, now is an appropriate time for me to stand in the AEA election having developed a strong sense of the univeristy and experiences that will guide the contributions that I will seek to make. Within my teaching role, involvement in undergraduate recruitment especially helped me recognise the need to ensure that a diverse student cohort can benefit from studying at Durham. My research into sport, physical activity and societal change has shown me the importance of the university contributing to North East communities and those farther afield. I am also an engaged member of St Chad's College, DUCU and the forthcoming Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Overall, it is because of these experiences that I feel capable of playing a role in enabling diverse voices to be heard within university decision making and continuing the univeristy's contribution to social justice.

Jackie Mosely (Proposer: Alan Kenwright, Seconder: Patrick Steel)

I came to Durham in 2005, moving from industry to academia. My role as an analytical scientist in industry provided me with the opportunity to interact with many people around the world to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research. It was this ‘connectedness’ I observed at Durham that persuaded me into the academic fold here.

Now, as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry, I manage a productive research group and head one of the Chemistry Departments largest analytical research facilities. I also teach and serve on a number of departmental committees where I am keen to ensure that the voices of my colleagues and our students are heard.

My job at Durham provides me with the opportunity to work with a large number of students, academics, researcher and administrators across a number of University faculties. This is a privilege I hold dear and if elected I would seek to bring people together, and to provide an avenue through which suggestions and ideas can be presented via Senate. For example, my job combines a purely academic role and technical management role and so I would represent colleagues who also have positions in Durham that do not align comfortably with the new People Strategy (progression).

Susan Pyner (Proposer: Colin Jahoda, Seconder: Roy Quinlan)

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences which I joined in July 2001. Within Biosciences, I have been involved in degree programme development both as module leader and contributor. For positions of responsibility within the department I have been a member of the Senior Management Committee, am deputy chair of the Board of Examiners, member of the Ethics committee and chair the life sciences service unit user’s committee (LSSU). I am actively engaged in research attracting external grant funding to support my work. I am also regularly involved in pre- and post- application Open Day activities and through the Physiological Society have been involved in outreach activities. I have recently been elected a Fellow of the Physiological Society.

Outside of Biosciences, I am a member of the universities Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). I have served as member of the universities Senate Disciplinary Committee (SDC) and am currently deputy chair to SDC.

I have contributed within Biosciences and the wider University community and see membership of Senate-Academic Electoral Assembly as a further way to continue to add to the work of the University.

Roy Quinlan (Proposer: John Gatehouse, Seconder: Steve Lindsay)

I joined the University in 2001 as the foundation chair in Biomedical Sciences. My research has been continuously funded for over 30 years and is internationally acclaimed. My goal has been to bring innovation to the research, teaching and internationalization of our University, and to develop an academic climate in which both teaching and research shine. We need increased infrastructure investment to break the catchup cycle to events especially with the proposed expansion. In 2007, I helped form the Biophysical Sciences Institute, a visionary step that continues to win national/international influence and recognition. With Wolfram Hinzen (Philosophy) I staged a series of public lectures on “The Well Brain”. A sabbatical at the University of Washington (Seattle) inspired a highly successful experiential learning programme for undergraduates with world-class centres in Beijing, Sao Carlos and Seattle. Such life-changing opportunities for our excellent students deliver powerful ambassadors and future influence for our University, evidencing the importance of research-led teaching. I serve on a range of University committees, the focus being largely Health, Safety and Ethics. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on Senate at this exciting time for our University, when vision and experience is needed to ensure that the “heavy-lifting” is both accountable and effective.

Rosie Ridgway (Proposer: Catherine Reading, Seconder: Naddia Siddiqui)

I’m standing for the AEA because I believe a range of diverse voices are needed at every level of governance of the university. I joined the university in 2012 and am a junior member of staff on a teaching contract. In my role I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate Initial Teacher Education and academic programmes, I also supervise postgraduate students in the subject area of special educational needs, disability and inclusion. I have a strong commitment to equality having worked as the departmental disability representative and EDI lead in the School of Education, as well as sitting on the departmental education committee. I would like to serve on the AEA because I am interested in learning and teaching across the university, and think that I could bring the views of a more diverse range of stakeholders into the process. I am particularly concerned about student wellbeing and support for students with disabilities and how we can make the university a more supportive and inclusive environment for students and for staff.

Jacquie Robson (Proposer: Alan Kenwright, Seconder: Marek Szablewski)

I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Chemistry. I am hoping to be elected to the AEA to increase the representation of teaching-focused staff on Senate and to provide a different perspective. Teaching is my passion and my specialty, but I also have worked with colleagues across the University in many different contexts. I was a Durham undergraduate and postgraduate student, and worked as a teacher for some years before returning to Durham University in 2010. My work in the Department focuses particularly on induction and transition for first year students, I run the lab courses for first years, and I deliver the ‘widening participation’ schemes in Chemistry. I am involved in training postgraduate students to teach and I have mentored teaching-focused colleagues. I am on the steering committees of both the University Learning and Teaching Network and the Teaching-Focused Academic Network. I have been a member of St Aidan’s as a student, and of University College as a college mentor. I feel this varied experience will enable me, if elected, to make a constructive contribution to many of the issues addressed by Senate and to represent the views of a wide variety of my colleagues.

Kay Schiller (Proposer: Marek Szablewski, Seconder: Nicole Reinhardt)

I am standing for re-election. I have been in Durham for 18 years, therefore knowing the inner workings of the University reasonably well. I was made a Professor in the History Department a few years ago. With the interests and direct input of colleagues in mind, I have worked with the other members of the AEA Committee to hold the executive to account over the past years. This is especially important given the rapid and profound changes the University is undergoing with the new strategy. We have intervened regularly with critical questions in Senate, including during a recent successful challenge to the new policy on lecture capture. I am asking for your vote because I would like to continue this work on behalf of colleagues. I have also served colleagues and members of UCU as the local branch president during the past years, including during the recent pensions’ strike and through regular meetings of JCNG with HR. Whether you vote for me or other candidates, it is crucial that you use your vote, as the AEA Committee (through its members sitting on Senate) is the most important statutory forum through which non-executive colleagues in the University can make their voices heard.

David Toll (Proposer: Louise Bracken, Seconder: Dagou Zeze)

I am a research-active Professor in the Department of Engineering with 30 years’ experience at the University. I also have experience of working in the leading international universities of Singapore, China and Australia. I am a member of national and international evaluation panels for research funding for EPSRC, Welsh Government, European Science Foundation, Cyprus, Croatia and the Czech Republic. I have research collaborators in Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Nepal, Malaysia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. These networks provide extensive knowledge of international higher education systems around the world. Within the Engineering Department I am Director for our Research Challenge in Sustainable Infrastructure. I have been Director of Education and International Coordinator, as well as leading two successful Accreditation exercises involving 7 professional engineering institutions. I teach our undergraduates at Levels 1 and 3 and supervise final year dissertations. I am Principal Investigator/Durham lead for current EPSRC grants totalling over £8M, with experience of leading national and international consortia (GCRF). In addition I have EU funded projects. I can offer an independent voice of authority on Senate informed by extensive successful international collaboration with academics, industry, governments and the professions with a focus on "getting things done".