Women of Achievement 2021

Three academics from across the Faculty of Environment were this week recognised in the University’s Women of Achievement Awards.

The annual awards recognise the significant contribution and impact that women – both staff and students - have made across the University and beyond and acknowledge women who share a common commitment to excellence and who have performed outstandingly in their fields.

As part of the University’s commitment to further promote gender equality, the Women of Achievement awards are intended to support career development of talented women in all areas across the organisation. 

This year 28 women were recognised in a special online ceremony, including three academics from the Faculty of Environment; Professor Anwesha Sarkar and Dr Lisa Marshall both from the School of Food Science and Nutrition and Dr Rachael Spraggs from the School of Earth and Environment.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Professor Simone Buitendijk, said: “It is incredibly important that we remain committed to promoting a community of compassion and respect, where all of us can succeed. We need to work together to ensure that our University values and encourages equality and recognises and embraces the importance of diversity and inclusion.

“The past 12 months have been extremely challenging in many aspects, but as this year’s ceremony highlighted, we have a strong, dependable and committed team of individuals who strive to make their students’ and colleagues’ experiences better. 

“I look forward to celebrating more achievements and contributions in the year to come, and wish to extend a personal thanks to each of the celebrants for their dedication and hard work.”

Further information

Recognising excellence: Our Women of Achievement 2021