EDI

The Faraday Institution is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment as it seeks to build and support a world-class energy storage research community. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and by celebrating a diversity of ideas, opinions, knowledge and people it is acknowledged that research excellence will follow. Beyond research disciplines, diversity within this community takes many other forms including career stage, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin and religion. In recognition of this, the Faraday Institution aspires to maintain an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive, feel they belong, and have a voice.

The organisation published its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Charter in June 2021, which outlines the EDI responsibilities that all members of our community share. We encourage everyone to engage with the types of everyday actions that contribute to building the welcoming, supportive, diverse and productive UK battery research community we seek to create:

• Actively promoting inclusion
• Advocating for others
• Adopting practices that support fairness and equal opportunities for all
• Embracing and championing diversity in all its forms
• Following best practice chargers and initiatives within your own institution
• Challenging non-professional and inappropriate behaviour

The Faraday Institution is a member of WISE and committed to promoting gender balance in science, technology, and engineering. Read the case study from WISE highlighting the Faraday Institution’s commitment to attracting, recruiting and empowering women in STEM careers.

 

 

EDI Working Group

Our EDI Working Group is chaired by CFO Susan Robertson and comprises 10 EDI champions – one researcher from each of our main projects – that together inform Faraday Institution policy and practice and embed best EDI practice within each project. Researchers are encouraged to engage with the EDI champion from their project to further build an inclusive community.

Susan Robertson

CFO and Chair of the EDI Working Group
The Faraday Institution

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Susan Robertson

Rebecca Boston

NEXGENNa and FutureCat Co-Investigator
University of Sheffield

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Dr Rebecca Boston

Neil Cadman

SOLBAT Project Manager
University of Oxford

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Neil Cadman

Eddie Cussen

FutureCat Work Package Lead
University of Sheffield

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Dr Eddie Cussen

Dr Jacqueline Edge

Multi-scale Modelling research fellow
Imperial College London

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Dr Jacqueline Edge

Mona Faraji Niri

Assistant Professor on the Nextrode project
University of Warwick

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Dr Mona Faraji Niri

ReLiB Research Fellow
University of Leicester

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Dr Jennifer Hartley

Alex Kersting

Degradation Project Programme Manager
University of Cambridge

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Dr Alex Kersting

SafeBatt Co-investigator, University of Warwick
WMG, University of Warwick

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Dr Melanie Loveridge

CATMAT research fellow
Diamond Light Source

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Dr Dorota Matras

Contracts and Compliance Administrator
The Faraday Institution

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Andrea Strange

Darren Walsh

LiSTAR Co-Investigator
University of Nottingham

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Dr Darren Walsh

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Susan Robertson

CFO and Chair of the EDI Working Group

The Faraday Institution


Susan Robertson

Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, Susan was Chief Financial Officer of Velocys, the AIM-listed renewable fuels company, a position she held for 10 years through the company’s transformational years from early stage start-up to the point of having a commercial plant in operation. Prior to that, she was at the BOC Group (now Linde Group) where she held various senior-level financial management and business development positions in the UK and in Japan. Susan helped to set up and then, from 2003 to 2006, served as Vice President and CFO of Japan Air Gases (JAG), a joint venture between The BOC Group and Air Liquide.

Susan has an honours degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered accountant (FCA) having originally trained with Arthur Andersen in London.

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Dr Rebecca Boston

NEXGENNa and FutureCat Co-Investigator

University of Sheffield


Rebecca Boston

Dr Rebecca Boston is a Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield. After completing a PhD in nanomaterials chemistry at the University of Bristol she joined Sheffield as a PDRA working on sustainable materials synthesis. Her current fellowship continues to develop these themes, finding sustainable synthetic processes for functional oxides including thermoelectrics, and battery and fusion materials. She is a co-investigator on both the FutureCat and NEXGENNa projects, working on the nanoscale control of synthesis for cathode and anode materials in both Li and Na-ion batteries.

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Neil Cadman

SOLBAT Project Manager

University of Oxford


Neil Cadman

Neil is Project Manager for the SOLBAT Solid State Battery project, led by Oxford University and including academic collaborators from the Universities of Liverpool, Warwick and Sheffield and University College London.

Neil joined Oxford after a career in industry, working with several multinational companies and as a consultant delivering workshops across the world in Africa, Asia and Northern Europe.

Neil holds an honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and is a chartered Management Accountant

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Dr Eddie Cussen

FutureCat Work Package Lead

University of Sheffield


Eddie Cussen

Dr. Eddie Cussen is a Reader in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield and currently holds grants from the EPSRC, The Leverhulme Trust and Faraday Institution. He works in the material development of complex oxides such as spinels, garnets, and perovskites with a focus on materials for energy storage.

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Dr Jacqueline Edge

Multi-scale Modelling research fellow

Imperial College London


Dr Jacqueline Edge

Jacqueline grew up in South Africa and completed first a B.Sc. in Zoology and then a B.Sc. in Computer Science, both at the University of Cape Town. This led to a career as an internet developer and, after moving to London, developing banking intranet tools. Since banking is not known for its social welfare activities, she decided to go back to study clean energy at UCL, starting with an M.Sc. in Nanotechnology and finally a Ph.D. in Hydrogen Storage. She ran the Energy Storage Research Network in the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London for four years, facilitating research collaborations in the growing area of energy storage. She is now a Faraday Institution Project Leader in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of the College, managing a large research consortium on multi-scale modelling of Li-ion batteries and leading the sustainability modelling work.

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Dr Mona Faraji Niri

Assistant Professor on the Nextrode project

University of Warwick


Mona Faraji Niri

Mona has a solid background in control engineering, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering-Control at the top of her class, and holds a PhD degree with focus on complex systems, stochastic control and machine learning from Iran University of Science and Technology, IUST, Iran, Tehran.

Mona joined the University of Warwick, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and in 2021 promoted to a Senior Research Fellow. Her works at WMG involves modelling of Li-ion batteries for performance improvement purposes in a variety of applications including Electric Vehicles. Mona is also an expert with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent for Battery Manufacturing. She has over 30 publications in data centric analysis and predictions for energy and energy storage systems. Mona received endorsement from Royal Academy of Engineering as the Global Talent, Future promise in 2021. She is currently an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and a member of IET, UK. Beside her research activities she has been involved in design and delivering workshops and talks specially for young learners and wider audience in STEM.

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Dr Jennifer Hartley

ReLiB Research Fellow

University of Leicester


Dr Jennifer Hartley is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow at the University of Leicester working on the ReLiB project, developing methods to recycle and regenerate lithium-ion battery materials. She was previously a postdoc at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, Designed redox properties of strategically important metals through ionometallurgy with Prof Gero Frisch. She obtained her PhD in 2014, with the topic “Ionometallurgy: The processing of metals using ionic liquids” at the University of Leicester, working for Prof Andrew Abbott.

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Dr Alex Kersting

Degradation Project Programme Manager

University of Cambridge


Alex Kersting

Dr Alex Kersting is the Faraday Institution’s Degradation Project Programme Manager. In 2012 she attained her PhD with Dr Paul Anderson from the University of Birmingham working on hydrogen storage materials.

Prior to joining the Degradation project she worked at the Royal Society for Chemistry for nine years supporting professional chemists to gain statutory qualifications.

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Dr Melanie Loveridge

SafeBatt Co-investigator, University of Warwick

WMG, University of Warwick


Dr Melanie Loveridge is an Associate Professor of Electrochemical Materials at WMG. With over 12 years of experience within Li-ion battery research, she has spent equal amounts of time in academic research and as a characterisation specialist for a spin-out company from Imperial College. Her research areas focus on materials discovery and characterisation techniques, but also understanding mechanisms of degradation and battery forensics. Dr Loveridge is a lead inventor on several world patent families around electrode materials, compositions and structures, with > 30 publications in Q1 journals. Since returning to academia, she has won > £ 3 M in research grants from EPSRC calls, Energy Superstore Early Career Research award, The Faraday Institution and H2020’s Graphene Flagship. She sits on many advisory panels and committees for academia and industry and regularly engages with many outreach activities, including the British Science Festival, Radio 4’s Today Program and Costing the Earth, with several media articles published, e.g. The Telegraph. From 2020 Dr Loveridge has been an associate editor for Frontiers in Chemical Engineering and the Special Topics section in MDPI Coatings.

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Dr Dorota Matras

CATMAT research fellow

Diamond Light Source


Dr Dorota Matras is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow based at I14 beamline of the Diamond Light Source. She joined in 2020 after completing her PhD at the University of Manchester, School of Materials where she worked on the development and application of X-ray chemical imaging methods to study operando catalytic materials for methane upgrade processes. In her current role, she employs X-ray chemical imaging techniques to study Li-ion cathode materials designed within the Faraday Institution CATMAT project.

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Andrea Strange

Contracts and Compliance Administrator

The Faraday Institution


Andrea joined the Faraday Institution in September 2021 in the new role of Contracts and Compliance Administrator.

She has over 30 years’ experience working in a wide range of secretarial and administrative support roles within large scientific research facilities. Andrea joined the Faraday Institution after spending 20 years at Diamond Light Source where she most recently held the position of Student Engagement Coordinator. Prior to working at Diamond, she spent 13 years at the energy & environmental consultancy AEA Technology plc.

Andrea particularly enjoys finding herself in new positions where she can use her breadth of skills and experience to adapt to suit the needs of the role.

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Dr Darren Walsh

LiSTAR Co-Investigator

University of Nottingham


Darren Walsh

Dr Darren Walsh is Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry in the University of Nottingham School of Chemistry. The group he leads works on a range of electrochemical topics, many of which are related to electrochemical energy storage and conversion. He is the author of over 50 original research articles and invited book chapters in the areas of physical and analytical electrochemistry. He also enjoys bringing his science to the public. He performs chemistry demonstration lectures for general audiences and is a presenter on the Periodic Table of Videos, an award-winning chemistry channel on YouTube. He gained his PhD from Dublin City University and has held a a research position at the University of Texas in Austin.

EDI Blog

Members of our community are welcome to propose articles on aspects of equality, diversity, inclusion, or well-being. We thank the following contributors for writing these blog posts:
• Simon O’Kane, Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the Multi-scale Modelling Project at Imperial College London, “Supporting Each Other and Ensuring Wellbeing During the Pandemic
• Zubera Iqbal, Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the ReLiB project at the University of Birmingham, “Inclusivity during this virtual world of work

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