Janice Hart has a Business and Marketing degree from the University of Westminster. She has extensive UK and international marketing and sales experience in the telecoms, tobacco and conference industry. Janice worked at the University of Hertfordshire for 12 years in the careers and business development teams. More recently she provided consultancy for Nottingham Trent University careers and placement service. She recently returned to the University of Hertfordshire to focus on the newly formed SEPnet employer liaison role.
Stephanie graduated with a BSc(Hons) PES QTS from the University of Greenwich in 2000. She spent over a decade teaching in Kent, specialising in the promotion of collaborative science teaching between the primary and secondary sectors. More recently Stephanie worked at the Institute of Physics as Science Writer and Editor within the Education department. She is passionate about sharing the wonders of physics in an educational capacity and ensuring the sustainability of high calibre physics professionals within the UK. Stephanie joined the SEPnet team working from the University of Kent in October 2013.
Seema studied Applied Social Sciences at undergraduate level and has achieved an MA in Education from Brunel University. More recently, she has also completed a PG Cert in the Management of Student Work Experience and is currently working towards PG Cert in Career Coaching. Seema has spent much of her career working with employers and helping them recruit students and graduates. She now holds the post of Employer Engagement Officer at the Open University, where she will provide opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates to network with industry specialists, helping them towards gaining insights and work experience. Seema joined the Open University in January 2014.
Claire was educated in Switzerland and came to England to study and obtain a BSc in Computer Science with modern languages. Claire worked in industry specialising in high performance computing in the defence and academic arena. Claire has held a variety of positions from Software Analyst to Professional Services Consultant. Claire worked at AWE where she focused on collaborating with their French counterparts and forging new relationships with academia in the UK. Claire worked as a HPC Collaborator before taking on the position of Strategic Outreach Scientist working for the Chief Scientist. Claire sourced and organised sponsorship for WISE events and was influential in AWE becoming an active member of WISE. Claire is a member of the BSC, WiHPC and WISE.
Clare studied Pure & Applied Chemistry & Applied Biology at the University of Wales and has a Diploma in Vocational Guidance & Counselling. The majority of her working life has been spent in the Careers field, working with young people, students, and adults. As part of this she set up and managed the Surrey ‘Information Advice & Guidance’ (IAG) Partnership for adults in Surrey. She was also a project co-ordinator at the Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training & Education (SCEPTrE) at the University of Surrey, focussing on developing students’ professional capabilities, predominantly through extra-curricular activities and placements. In addition to her Careers work she spent 8 years working with voluntary and community groups in Surrey. Clare joined SEPnet as the Employer Engagement Officer for the University of Southampton in November 2013.
Kay graduated from Cambridge University in 1986 with a degree in Geography and spent the next ten years working in the City of London, for the Bank of England and with a shorter stint at an Investment Management company. Keen to work more directly with people, Kay moved into HE careers work with an initial post at Cambridge University, then the University of London followed by the College of Law (now the University of Law – ‘ULaw’). As a result, she has worked with hundreds of students across a range of disciplines on careers related issues as well as with private clients. Kay managed the first email careers service for alumni members at ULaw and has extensive experience of working with clients using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (a personality assessment tool) and coaching techniques, having qualified as a Personal Performance Coach in 2010. As well as face to face work with students, Kay has worked on various research projects at the University of Law, such as the differential success rates of student groups, alternative ways to qualify as a solicitor, employer perception of the OU law degree and has written many articles on careers and education topics.
Sarah graduated with a Business degree and for the past 9 years has worked for one of the top 5 graduate employers in the UK. Sarah has recruited and mentored students predominately on early identification programmes such as the Summer Internship and Industrial Placement. Sarah also worked collaboratively with Lancaster University and a financial Institute to run a 4 year degree programme.
Danny Atkins – University of Portsmouth
Danny studied applied physics at the University of Portsmouth and this was followed by a graduateship in electronics and masters in microwave solid state physics and an MBA. Danny has many years’ experience of the world of physics in academia and in industry he has worked for a number of defence orientated companies. He also has personal experience of many different styles of learning including; full-time, part-time, distance, and professional. Danny is currently working towards completing his doctorate at the University of Portsmouth and during this time has experience of the training offered at the postgraduate level.
Melanie Christou – Queen Mary, University of London
After a decade of studying and working professionally in the fields of arts education and outreach Melanie made a career change into the world of employability and employer engagement. She joined Queen Mary University of London’s Careers & Enterprise centre as an Internships Coordinator in February 2013 and consequently joined the SEPnet employability team in October 2013 as an Employer Engagement Officer representing QMUL’s school of Physics & Astronomy. Melanie’s work at SEPnet aims to increase the number of Physics & Astronomy students in challenging and meaningful work experience opportunities and projects with the view to help increase their employability skills and prospects. Melanie holds a BA in Dance Education and a MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths College.