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Strathclyde academics on national leadership and development programmes

Strathclyde academics have secured places on two Scotland-wide leadership and development programmes for researchers.

The Strathclyde participants in the 2018 Scottish Crucible at the Scottish Parliament for the programme's opening lab. Left to right: Dr Damion Corrigan; Dr Aruna Ivaturi; Dr Matthew Hannon; Dr Marc Reid; Dr Luis Bimbo; Dr Enrico Tubaldi.

Six researchers have joined the award-winning Scottish Crucible programme, which brings together the most highly promising science, social science, humanities, and arts researchers in Scotland each year. The Strathclyde participants account for a fifth of the total of 30 on the programme.

The University also has four academics taking part in Ingenious and Enterprising Women, a national initiative for supporting female researchers in STEM subjects in advancing their professional development and careers.

Professor William Kerr, Deputy Associate Principal (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at Strathclyde, said: “It is gratifying to see Strathclyde so strongly represented in these landmark national programmes. This is a testament not only to the quality of our researchers but also their clear capacity for leadership and advanced interdisciplinary engagement.

“These researchers epitomise the innovation and ambition which drive everything we do at Strathclyde. Their already considerable skills will be enhanced still further by their participation in both of these programmes.”   

The Scottish Crucible programme aims to help participants enhance skills and attitudes which can drive innovation in their research. It comprises a series of intensive, two-day events, or ‘labs’, which will this year be on the themes of Looking Outwards, Interdisciplinarity and Creativity, and Enterprise and Collaboration.

The 2018 Strathclyde Cruciblists are:

•           Dr Aruna Ivaturi (Pure and Applied Chemistry)

•           Dr Marc Reid (Pure and Applied Chemistry)

•           Dr Luis Bimbo (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

•           Dr Damion Corrigan (Biomedical Engineering)

•           Dr Enrico Tubaldi (Civil Engineering)

•           Dr Matthew Hannon (Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship)

Dr Ivaturi said: ‘It has been an incredibly fulfilling experience - I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a rollercoaster ride through multidisciplinary expertise from Scotland's future research leaders, along with top tips about influencing policy to media involvement from the real players.”

Ingenious and Enterprising Women was run in previous years at the University of Edinburgh but, owing to its success, is now being held at venues around Scotland. It consists of five networking events and three residential weekends.

Strathclyde participants in the programme are:

•           Dr Alejandra Aranceta Garza (Engineering)

•           Dr Tanya Englishby (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

•           Dr Margaret Cunningham (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

•           Dr Gazala Akram (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).


Strathclyde provides internal assistance support for potential applicants to both programmes. Dr Emma Compton-Daw (Organisational and Staff Development Unit (OSDU), along with previous Strathclyde Cruciblist mentors, offer advice and support on the career-enhancing benefits of applying for Scottish Crucible and throughout the application process.  Applications for Scottish Crucible 2019 will open in December and staff interested in applying should contact OSDU.

29 May 2018