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.

CFO and Chair of the EDI Working Group
The Faraday Institution

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Susan Robertson

Education and Training Lead
The Faraday Institution

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Fran Long

Multi-scale Modelling Project Administrator
Imperial College London

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Amir Amiri

ReLiB Project Co-ordinator
University of Birmingham

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Amina Benyahia

NEXGENNa and FutureCat Co-Investigator
University of Sheffield

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Dr Rebecca Boston

SOLBAT Project Manager
University of Oxford

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Neil Cadman

FutureCat Work Package Lead
University of Sheffield

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Dr Eddie Cussen

CATMAT Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Birmingham

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Dr Laura Driscoll

Senior Research Fellow for the Nextrode project
University of Warwick

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Dr Mona Faraji Niri

Degradation Project Programme Manager
University of Cambridge

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Dr Alex Kersting

Principal Engineer, SafeBatt project
University of Warwick

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Yashraj Tripathy

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


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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Fran Long

Education and Training Lead

The Faraday Institution


Fran Long is a STEM engagement specialist and award-winning primary science teacher who is passionate about promoting science and engineering.

In 2017, Fran was honoured to receive a Primary Science Teacher Award (PSTA), endorsed by the Institute of Physics, and is now a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

Fran was the creator and organiser of a pioneering monthly STEM assembly series that brought STEM professionals (scientists and engineers) into school to share about a day of their working life over a 16-month period. Research to evaluate the impact of the programme on STEM career aspirations showed a statistically significant increase in the number of pupils who would consider scientific and engineering career paths.

As part of a Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Recognition in Engineering STEM Learning, Fran interviewed 35 engineers in the work place, gaining insight into ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’ (EHOM) as described by Bill Lucas in ‘Thinking Like An Engineer’. She ascertained the inspiration behind STEM career choices and presented findings to industry experts and colleagues.

As a skilled teacher and keen project lead Fran has extensive experience of creating bespoke educational material to inspire learners. This includes writing CREST Award material accredited by the British Science Association. Fran is also a competent trainer who writes and facilitates high quality continuing professional development programmes based on best practice and latest research. She is a recipient of the STEM Learning CPD Quality Mark.

As an experienced event and conference organiser Fran enjoys creating exciting programmes to engage audiences in new ways.

Fran holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and was awarded the Speight Undergraduate Prize for her research.

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Amir Amiri

Multi-scale Modelling Project Administrator

Imperial College London


Amir has a project management background in diverse industries, including fashion and healthcare. He now brings his creative skills to bear in academic management and graphic design

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Amina Benyahia

ReLiB Project Co-ordinator

University of Birmingham


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Dr Rebecca Boston

NEXGENNa and FutureCat Co-Investigator

University of Sheffield


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 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


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 Laura Driscoll

CATMAT Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Birmingham


Dr Laura Driscoll currently works on developing novel strategies to synthesise cathodes capable of oxygen redox as a part of the CATMAT project. She has previously worked on the faraday institution ReLiB project, with focus on developing short-loop recycling routes to recycle spent Li-ion batteries.

She was awarded her PhD in 2016, titled ‘Synthesis, Characterisation and modification of materials for Na-ion batteries’ working with Prof. Peter Slater and Dr Adrian Wright at the University of Birmingham. She was awarded the Dr SW Challinor prize (Chemical sciences) for the work carried out during her PhD.

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Dr Mona Faraji Niri

Senior Research Fellow for the Nextrode project

University of Warwick


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 Alex Kersting

Degradation Project Programme Manager

University of Cambridge


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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Yashraj Tripathy

Principal Engineer, SafeBatt project

University of Warwick


Yashraj is a Principal Engineer at WMG, University of Warwick. Working within WMG’s Energy directorate, he provides technical leadership in the field of battery safety pertaining to electrification of transport. He manages a small multi-disciplinary team undertaking industry-focused research in battery safety prognosis, battery characterisation, and novel data acquisition techniques. Yashraj has over six years of experience in designing and conducting battery testing programmes covering a wide remit of technical requirements involving automotive and aerospace partners. His expertise revolves around battery safety management, designing testing programmes for assessing battery performance and lifetime, and novel experimental methodologies. Yashraj represents WMG at EuroCAE working group 112 (VTOL) and its sub groups 1 (Electrical) and 2 (Thrust-Lift). He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick in battery model parameterisation at low temperatures, championing the usage of isothermal testing platforms. Yashraj graduated from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India with a B.Eng. (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.

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Dr Darren Walsh

LiSTAR Co-Investigator

University of Nottingham


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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