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Dr Kathryn North

C-DICE Director

Loughborough University

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Kathryn’s interests lie in developing researchers at all career stages. Having supported researchers at Loughborough University since 2007, most recently as Head of Researcher Development, Kathryn has experience in creating innovative approaches to researcher development through the Doctoral College, leading the Research Leaders programme, and establishing the Institute of the Advanced Studies. She is also Head of Skills for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) which includes a Doctoral Training Partnership. Through C-DICE, Kathryn is driving a step-change in postdoctoral development, providing opportunities for researchers to develop their careers, for research and innovation to achieve net-zero, and for industry. [Read more]

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Sharon Henson

C-DICE Project Manager

Loughborough University

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Sharon is the C-DICE project manager. Sharon has been at Loughborough University since 2006 and in that time has managed the Systems Engineering Doctorate Centre and the SUPERGEN SuperSolar Hub and Network +. Sharon has also provided project management for a number of engineering research and enterprise projects, most recently REPOINT, an innovative railway track switch. She also undertook a two and a half year secondment as a research associate on a European/transatlantic project in systems engineering. [Read more]

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Dr Lennie Foster

Skills Manager

Loughborough University

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Lennie Foster is responsible for leading the development of Phase 2 of the ERA Learning Academy, growing the talent pipeline in Energy research, to include doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and beyond. Lennie joined Loughborough University in 2017, first as part of the Research Quality and Visibility Team, and then as a Research Development Manager in the Research Development and Support Team. Lennie gained a PhD in Systems Biology from the University of Warwick working with researchers in the Life Science and Computer Science departments. [Read more]

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Karen Parks

Training Hub Development Manager

Cranfield University

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Karen joined C-DICE as the Training Hub Development Manager in 2022 and is responsible for developing a wide range of training opportunities and pathways for postdoctoral researchers and industrial partners. Karen has 30 years of experience in education and training. Most recently, Karen has led the Secondary Science teacher training programme at Middlesex University, including responsibility for co-ordinating training for teacher educators. Karen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has extensive experience in leading and managing CPD programmes as part of the STEM Learning agenda. [Read more]

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Amy Beierholm

Development Strand Project Manager

University of Birmingham

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Amy Beierholm is the C-DICE Development Officer, based at the University of Birmingham. Amy comes to C-DICE via PLEXUS (Priming Laboratory EXperiments on infrastructure and Urban Systems, a UKCRIC project linking the UKCRIC facilities) and Liveable Cities (Transforming the Engineering of Cities to Deliver Societal and Planetary Wellbeing), as Project Manager. She has also supported iBUILD (Infrastructure Business models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery), Assessing the Underworld and Pipebots (Pervasive Sensing for Buried Pipes). In university, she studied mechanical engineering and aeronautics. [Read more]

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Dr Madalina Stalniceanu

Impact Hub Development Officer

Loughborough University

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Mădălina is the C-DICE Impact Hub Development Officer. She has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham. Mădălina worked as Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Global and Public Affairs Unit and for the Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham. She has experience in organising events, developing infrastructure to support and enhance external engagement activities, and developing policy impact and public engagement training and opportunities. As Research Development Officer in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, Madalina also supported strategic postgraduate and postdoctoral research initiatives. [Read more]

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Dr Fatma Seyma Keskin

Training Hub Researcher

Cranfield University

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Fatma Seyma is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Training Hub of the C-DICE project at Cranfield University and working on postdoctoral career pathways and skills to progress postdocs’ expertise in contributing to net-zero future. She is a civil engineer with experience in structural analyses in practice and recycled materials in her master study. Later, she completed her PhD research on Life Cycle Analysis of post-disaster buildings at the University of Birmingham. Teaching and academic mentoring are other experiences she gained as a postgraduate teaching assistant during her PhD. [Read more]

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Professor Sergio Cavalaro

Academic Leadership

Loughborough University

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Sergio is a civil engineer with 15 years of experience in building materials and structural engineering research and practice. His areas of research encompass innovative manufacturing processes for construction (Hybrid 3d printing), structural design, building materials (UHPC, FRC and other advanced cementitious composites), advanced modelling of cementitious materials performance and production processes (FEM, DEM, CFD), and durability (reinforced concrete corrosion and sulphate attack) applied to delivery and maintenance of infrastructure and buildings. [Read more]

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Professor Monica Giulietti

Academic Leadership

Loughborough University

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Monica Giulietti is Professor of Microeconomics and Head of the Economics Discipline Group at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. She is an associate fellow of the Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge University and of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia. She is a research fellow of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). Monica has been a member of Department of Energy and Climate Change panel of technical experts for the Electricity Market Reform. Her research focuses on competition and regulation in wholesale and retail energy markets, and models for decentralised energy storage. [Read more]

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