Celebrating diversity in health and healthcare research

Beth Hallissey

I'm inspired by my passion for human rights and equality, and everything I do is to make my family proud. My mum actually gave me the best piece of advice – if you want to go far in life the most important document you'll ever own isn't your passport, it's your CV.”

Senior Technician in the Simulated Dental Learning Environment

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Dr Sophie Homer

“My work focuses on wellbeing, particularly at work or university, and I am an advocate for holistic, preventative approaches towards mental health. It’s not just doing the research, but sharing it for wider benefit that I find so important.”

Lecturer in Psychology

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Natalie Sobey 

"After completing my A-levels, I worked as a chemistry technician at my old school for a year. I then went on to complete a degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Plymouth, and jumped at the chance to work there when a technical role came up. Twelve years later and I am still here, enhancing my skills and knowledge every day. I have gone from a technical assistant, to technical support coordinator and into my current role of Faculty of Health Clinical Skills Technical Manager. I now manage a team of 10 technicians across our campuses, leading on the provision of clinical skills simulation facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate training and I feel very lucky to work with such amazing people and state of the art facilities."

Faculty Clinical Skills Technical Manager

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Dr Helen Watson

I believe very strongly that everyone should have an opportunity to go to university if they want to, regardless of what school they went to, what their parents do or what colour their skin is. I also believe that gender should not influence life chances either, which is why I now lead our departmental and university Athena Swan committees, with the aim to remove gender inequality from HE (one step at a time). 

Associate Professor of Bioscience

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Dr Sally Hanks

“I was the first person in my family to go to university, and it’s this personal experience that drives me to help others be the best they can be, regardless of background.”

Head of Teaching and Learning, Peninsula Dental School

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Dr Eny Ekebuisi

“We must always remember that we are all valuable for our invisible differences, as well as those we can see – for example, I’m a BAME woman, but I’m also from a disadvantaged background, and have experienced different health concerns. It’s vital that we listen to, and open up opportunities for, everybody. I’m passionate about helping people to achieve their best.”

Lecturer and Clinical Tutor in the School of Psychology

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Dr Louise Belfield 

"Coming into a scientific career from a non-traditional background can be challenging. It might not be obvious where you’re going at the start, but don't be put off if your route isn't clear; follow your curiosity and let it carve your path. It might just be that your non-traditional background is exactly what makes you stand out."

Lecturer in Biomedical Science

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Dr Claudia Barros

"My work investigates how neural stem cells could be used to treat conditions like dementia or brain cancer, and for me the most important aspect of a career in science is to be passionate about it - I am always inspired when scientists talk enthusiastically about their work."

Lecturer in Neuroscience

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Dr Camille Carroll

Being a clinician and a researcher is a real privilege. Our patients are our inspiration and motivate us in our quest to understand their conditions and find hope for the future.

Honorary Consultant Neurologist

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Tina Joshi

“Having grown up and seen family tragedy, I used to wonder ‘what am I here for?’, and I knew that I didn’t want to have a life where it didn’t mean anything. Now, I have my science and I want to use it to do something about some of the issues in the world. It gives me energy to enjoy life, and I hope my students feel the same way too.”

Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences

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Cathy Coelho

“Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is an area close to my heart because, through raising a daughter with a learning disability, I know what it feels like to be marginalised and to have to fight for what is given freely to others. Through her I have learnt to advocate for people who do not have a loud voice and act as a positive role model to help people learn acceptance and tolerance. I am passionate about challenging inequalities and prejudices.”

Associate Professor of Education, Peninsula Dental School

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Dr Mona Nasser 

"My research involves a critical evaluation of how research is prioritised, conducted and implemented and, to understand the best ways with which to identify and address current gaps in knowledge. I am very lucky to work with a diverse group of scientists from different countries, men and women with different life experiences. These diversities are crucial to ensure a constructive discussions in science on how we can find better ways to conduct research." 

Clinical Lecturer in Evidence Based Dentistry

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Dr Gail Rees

For me it's about communicating the latest in nutrition research, so that people can use that knowledge in their everyday lives.

Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences

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Dr Sam Regan de Bere

I find it immensely rewarding to know that my research helps to unlock the potential for patients and doctors to work together in a mutually beneficial relationship that supports improvements in both medicine and wider society.

Lecturer in Medical Humanities

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Boikhutso Shianyana

“We become better educators and learners when we intentionally include and value our unique differences in our teaching and learning. In our nursing department we have recorded inclusive teaching materials to embrace our diverse staff and student body. We also plan to equip our clinical skills facilities with diverse mannequins. Our aim is to produce nurses who can deliver quality care to all patient regardless of their diversity."

Lecturer in Adult Nursing

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