Women working in senior or strategic roles in St Andrews have shared their career paths. Click on images or names for further details.
Director of Research, School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Julie and her group study human visual perception, aiming to understand how the eyes and brain process visual information to allow us to perceive and interact with our apparently colourful, 3-dimensional and constantly moving world. The group use behavioural, computational, and eye-movement measurement techniques to study problems ranging from how effective animal camouflage is, to revealing the fundamental neural pathways that underly our ability to see motion. Her work has been funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and the Leverhulme Trust.
She studied Physics at Imperial College (London, BSc, 1988), before embarking on postgraduate work in vision at the University of Oxford (DPhil, 1992). She worked as a postdoc in the USA at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (funded by a Human-Frontiers Long-term Fellowship), before taking up a Lectureship in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh (1995-1998). She later moved to Psychology at Newcastle University (1998-2005), joining St. Andrews as Professor of Psychology in 2005. Julie has also held an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.
Julie serves as an Editorial Board member for 2 journals (Journal of Vision, Vision Research), is involved with grant review and committee work for 4 Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC), and is regularly on the review committee for the two major international conferences in her area (Vision Sciences Society, European Conference on Visual Perception). She has also served on the Committee of the Applied Vision Association.
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Pro Dean (Taught Postgraduate)
Clare Peddie has been working for the University of St Andrews for the last 15 years. She has performed a number of roles in the School of Biology and for the University of St Andrews over that time. She started her career in Science as a mature undergraduate and then was a PhD student with family at St Andrews. She moved onto a Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Dundee and then to a similar post in St Andrews. Throughout her career she has changed disciplines from marine biology to haematology to cancer research to accommodate family priorities. She became a Teaching Fellow for the School of Biology in 2001 and has progressed through promotions to Principal Teaching Fellow, taking up roles such as ProDean Undergraduate (Science), Director of Teaching for the School of Biology and currently works as the ProDean for Postgraduate Taught students whilst keeping up her teaching commitments in Biology. Now her research and teaching interests encompass behaviours associated with cleaner stations on coral reefs, diving physiology, scientific diving techniques, the value of fieldwork in effective teaching and the development of employability through leadership and management experience in fieldwork and engagement in tutorials.
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Helen was appointed as Senior Research Policy Officer at the University of St Andrews in 2004 and finds research policy and administration a rewarding and stimulating career choice. She has a long-standing interest in the management of research information and her current role involved co-ordinating and planning the St Andrews’ submission to the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014). Prior to working in research administration she completed a PhD in Cardiovascular Research and was then employed as a Clinical Biochemist in the NHS. Following this she spent two years carrying out post-doctoral research in a pharmaceutical company in Palo Alto, USA and on returning to the UK she worked on cell signalling with Professor Sir Philip Cohen at the University of Dundee. Most recently Helen has been appointed by the UK funding councils as a REF Panel Adviser to support the assessment phase of REF 2014.