UK Young Academy appoints 32 new members

12 Mar 2024

Thirty-two emerging leaders from across the UK have been selected as the newest members of the UK Young Academy, a network for early career researchers and professionals established to help tackle local and global issues and promote meaningful change.

From policy to engineering, education, archaeology and the creative industries, the new cohort of members come from a wide range of sectors and have each made significant contributions to their field.

The UK Young Academy will provide them with a forum to exchange ideas, share expertise and participate in local and global policy discussions with the aim of tackling challenges based on areas that matter to them.

Speaking on behalf of the UK Young Academy executive group, Alistair McConnel, assistant professor in computer science at Heriot-Watt University, said:

“We are delighted to welcome our new members to the UK Young Academy. It is such an exciting time to join the ranks. They will be able to help develop the young academy’s ambitions across areas they are passionate about, be it biodiversity loss, climate change or social inequality.

“We have just kicked off planning our major projects for the year ahead, so the new members will be able to get their teeth stuck in from the get-go. I look forward to meeting them, being inspired by their diversity of ideas, and working alongside them to create positive change for the benefit of all.”

Work programmes and initiatives led by members are already underway, with the aim to address the young academy’s strategic priorities set out in its first year. The first of the young academy’s major projects, to launch later this year, will be a programme to support researchers and professionals at risk, both in the UK and globally.

The new members take up their posts from 19 March 2024, and membership runs for five years.

Full list of members (in alphabetical order by surname):

  • William Allen, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford and Nuffield College

  • Joseph Bentley, Managing Director, ACT Medical

  • Sifeng Bi, Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde

  • Precious Chatterje-Doody, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, The Open University

  • Jennifer Clarke, Operations Leader for the Chief Scientist Directorate, NPL Management Limited

  • Daniele Cotton, Doctoral Research Fellow in Bioengineering and Training Clinician in Oncology, University of Oxford

  • Arthur Dudney, Director of Cultural Programmes, Arcadia

  • Steven Egan, Program Associate for Washington Ireland Program Academy and Forum Programs, Washington Ireland Program

  • Sophie Frost, Lecturer in Creative Leadership, University of Creative Arts

  • Nikita Hari, Head of Teaching and Design Support Group, Department of Engineering, University of Oxford

  • Henry Ibitolu, PhD Researcher in Future Cities Engineering, The University of Edinburgh & University of Glasgow

  • Andrew Jupp, Assistant Professor in Main-Group Chemistry, University of Birmingham

  • Hiba Khan, Chief Revenue Officer, Medics.Academy

  • Antonia Liguori, Professor of Participatory Storytelling and Public Policy, Teesside University

  • Alexander Lloyd, Research Fellow in Clinical, Education and Health Psychology, University College London

  • Emily Lowthian, Lecturer in Education, Swansea University

  • Catherine Manning, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Reading

  • Síle Molloy, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, St George's, University of London

  • Imrose Muhit, Lecturer in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering, Teesside University

  • Christoph Nehrbass-Ahles, Senior Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

  • Eóin Parkinson, Lecturer in Biological Archaeology, University College Cork & Queen's University Belfast

  • Marloes Peeters, Professor in Engineering Biology, University of Manchester

  • William Reynolds, Senior Machine Learning Engineer, PhysicsX

  • Sandeep Sandhu, Head of Stakeholder Relationships, Innovate UK Business Connect

  • Dhruti Shah, Creative Lead, Have You Thought About

  • Timor Sharan, Senior Research Associate, Centre on Armed Groups

  • Clare Siviter-Groschwald, Associate Professor in French Theatre, University of Bristol

  • Priyanka Surana, Senior Scientific Manager, Wellcome Sanger Institute

  • Rebecca Tapscott, Lecturer in Politics Department, University of York

  • Marc Tilley, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Freelance & Global Centre for Climate Mobility

  • Rachel Tough, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Global Development, University of East Anglia

  • Kevin Woollard, Senior Director, AstraZeneca

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