Karen Faulds appointed new Chair of IRDG

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  • Published: Jan 21, 2015
  • Source: University of Strathclyde
  • Channels: Infrared Spectroscopy / Raman
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Glasgow, UK. January 6, 2015.

Congratulations to Dr Karen Faulds, Reader in the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, who has just been appointed the first female chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group.

The Infrared and Raman Discussion Group, formed in 1950, is the national organisation which caters for all who are interested in the theory, practice and teaching of infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Members come from industry, government and academic institutions.

Professor Eva Hevia, Chair of the Department's Athena Swan Committee said: "This senior leadership role within the spectroscopic community is a great accolade for one of our leading female academics indicating the high regard in which our staff are held outwith the Department."

The Athena SWAN Charter has been developed to encourage and recognise commitment to combating underrepresentation and advancing the careers of women in STEMM research and academia.

The University of Strathclyde has been a signatory to the Athena Swan Charter since 2005 and became the only institution in the UK in August 2011 to gain a Bronze University Athena Swan award, recognising that the university has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Karen gained a PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2003 before rising up the ranks to be promoted to a Reader in 2012. In 2013 she was presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Black Award for her achievements in analytical chemistry and has recently been elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. She is a co-founder of Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal, Analyst.

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