The Department is committed to a policy of ensuring that all members of staff achieve their full potential in a supportive and responsive work environment. It has enthusiastically adopted the Athena Swan charter of good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research, and was delighted to receive the Silver Athena Swan Award in 2007 in recognition of the support we offer to women in the Department.
We are very fortunate in having so many excellent female staff in the Department, both in academic and non-academic roles. To support their career development and also to meet the needs of all staff, we support flexible and part-time working patterns where possible, provide mentoring, and fund the activities of an Early Career Forum run by postdocs for junior researchers in the Department.
Department of Psychology Silver Award
The Department of Psychology Silver Award submission documents are available from the University Research Athena Swan pages
The Department of Psychology's Silver Award is one of five Athena SWAN awards currently held by the University of York.
Full details are available on the Athena SWAN web-site.
• Provost of Goodricke College
• Settled Goodricke as first college on Campus East (2009)
• Serves on Senate and on the Special Cases Committee. She
• Advisor to the Prison Service Research Ethics Board, York and Humberside area
• Consultant to the forensic centre at the Women's Frontier University Pakistan.
• Invited participant, Royal Society discussion meeting on Law and the Brain.
• Award's Committee of the Butler Trust in recognition of ordinary work done extraordinarily well.
• Awarded Anniversary lectureship in Psychology (2008)
• Director of the MSc in Reading Language and Cognition (2009-11)
• Developed the new MSc Developmental and Disorders, which will be launched in October 2011.
• Has hosted visiting students from labs in Belgium and in Germany.
• Awarded Anniversary lectureship in Psychology (2009) to undertake a period of research leave; submitted two grant applications during this stint.
• Published in four top journals, Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, NeuroImage and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
• Director MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (2010)
• Her paper with Coll & Florit received the ‘John Local’ Silver Award from the HOD (July 2011).
• Director of Graduate Studies.
• Awarded the Elizabeth Warrington Prize 2008 by the British Neuropsychological Society.
• Appointed to a Readership in the Department of Psychology from October 2011.
• Obtained research grant from the European Research Council (ERC)
• Anniversary Lectureship 2011-12
• Awarded the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Excellence (2011)
• Awarded the University of York Union Supervisor of the Year Award (2011).
• Appointed to a lectureship (2011)
• Retained part-time employment with the Department, mainly supervising research projects and as a member of PhD research committees.
• Consultant to Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust
• Appointed by the Ministry of Justice as an Independent Investigator under Article 2 (the right to life) of the European Convention of Human Rights (2008).
• Appointed Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology in recognition of research implementing randomised controlled trials (2009).
• Awarded a Veni grant from the Dutch Research Council to investigate the role of perceptual and action experience in the representation of language in humans (2009).
• Awarded a Brain & Cognition grant which will fund research at the Donders Centre for Cognition on how links between action/perception and language can be recruited to improve vocabulary learning in primary school children (with Harold Bekkering and Rolf Zwaan, 2011).
• Recipient of the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research (2006)
• Awarded the Comenius Early Career Psychologist award (Union of Psychologists' Associations of the Czech Republic)
• Invited to give the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award lecture, at the British Science Festival (September 2009)
• Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2010)
• Elected Fellow of the British Academy (2009)
• Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, Society for the Scientific study of Reading (2010)
• Recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (2012).
• Awarded the BPS's 2012 Psychology Education Board Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises Annie's 'distinguished lifetime achievement within psychology education'. The award is tremendously well deserved and reflects Annie's sustained creative influence on teaching within our discipline.
• Secured funding from the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network and the University of York to develop a system of student feedback.
• Coordinates support for international students in the department
• Has developed the Welcome Transition Page for incoming students .
• Committee member ECR forum
• Co-authored paper in Nature Neuroscience with Tony Morland
• Awarded a ‘John Local’ Gold Award by the Head of Department (July 2011).
• Together with Lisa Henderson set up the first YNiC EEG study.
• Recipient of British Psychological Society's POST award for three months secondment to the Department of Science and Technology
• Has implemented large-scale Randomised Control Trials which seek to boost the reading and language skills of young children with literacy difficulties.
• Disseminates scientific research to educationalists, by giving talks to various audiences, publishing articles and, more recently, co-authoring a book.
• Lab Manager, Centre for Reading and Language and Temporary Lecturer (2010-2011) Coordinated and implemented the ‘Development &f Language stream’ in the new degree programme
• Organised an invited symposium on comorbidity at the International Conference for British Dyslexia Association in Harrogate in June 2011.
• Secured funding for a study visit to the University of Denver in Colorado (Professor Bruce Pennington; 2011)
• Study visit to Professor Chuck Perfetti's lab in Pittsburgh (2009)
• Set up ethical procedures and health and safety guidelines for EEG (with Heidi Baseler)
• Author of the first York EEG study (published in Brain and Language, 2010).
• Implementation mini projects and oral presentations in the first year of the new BSc degree. Published paper on perceptual learning in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2009. Successfully completed a project funded by the Australian Development of Health and Aging on the management of hepatitis C.
• Gained her PhD in 2009.
• Successfully completed a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship
• Appointed Research Fellow for the Nuffield Language for Reading project (2011)
• Manager of Wellcome Reading and Language Project
• Recipient of Wellcome Trust Vacation Bursary awards (2010, 2011)
• Established procedures and facilities for EEG studies with children in the Wolfson Labs (with Debbie Gooch)
• Awarded the People award (funded by Wellcome Trust) for a 8-months project investigating the neural basis of semantic cognition with TMS and fMRI (Dec 2010 – July 2011); this project has been extended for 1 ½ months to pilot follow-up materials (sponsored by the Psychology Department Research Funds and Innovation and Research Priming Fund; applicants Beth Jefferies and Carin Whitney)
• Awarded Royal Society International travel grant for participating at a 2-week neuroimaging workshop at UCLA, USA ( 2010)
• Published a series of papers that explore how semantic cognition is represented in the healthy brain using both fMRI and TMS; together these data confirm the importance of a distributed brain network, which is consistent with the results from patient with semantic impairments after lesions to the brain
Has won 1st prize in a competition conducted by the American Psychology-Law Society for her dissertation titled “The benefits of eye-closure on eyewitness memory” (2012)
has been appointed Lecturer in Psychology, York St John University (2012)
• ERC Starter Grant: Bedding wells or wedding bells? Lexical and semantic influences on phoneme binding. £612k
• Led a team including Andy Ellis and Piers Cornelissen which was awarded £400k to study the biological basis of semantic cognition (2012)
• ESRC: Systematicity and consistency in the consolidation of word knowledge (£380K)
• Dr. Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer to a lectureship
• Has been appointed to a lectureship in HYMS (2012)
• Former PhD student was appointed Wolfson clinic coordinator (2009)
• Three-month temporary lectureship to cover a maternity leave (January 2009)
• Appointed to a lectureship in Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University (December 2008)
• Has been appointed Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford (2012).
• Appointed to a lectureship in Speech and Language Pathology, University of Sheffield (January 2011)
• Appointed Director MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge (January 2011)
• Has been appointed Project Manager of the SCALES Project, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.
• Has been appointed Lecturer in Psychology, University of York (2012)
• Appointed to a lectureship in Psychology, Northumbria University (January 2009)
• Appointed Scientific Officer, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge (2011)
• Having secured research funding on grammar learning is returning to a research appointment in the Department
• Has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship in the Department of Psychology, University College London (2012).
• Appointed to a lectureship in Education, University of York (April 2011)
• Successfully completed a Newton International Fellowship (2009-11)
• Co-edited a special Issue of Reading & Writing on Alphasyllabaries
• Convener of International Symposium on Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development (Bangalore, 2011) (co-sponsored by University of York)
• Has been elected President of St John’s College, Oxford (2012)
• Following maternity leave with Matthew
The Department has 15 support staff of which 10 are women. Support staff play a vital role in the department's operations. Recent appointments include:
The Department allocates an annual budget to sponsor events enabling women to discuss issues surrounding their careers.
We are committed to supporting women in science and engineering.
Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.
Flexible working practices
The department is fully supportive of flexible working practices where possible. Currently two members of academic staff and three members of support staff are on part-time contracts by choice.