2019 WISE Outreach and Engagement Award Finalist
Rebecca Strachan, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor
Rebecca Strachan is the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Digital Technology and Education at Northumbria University. With a keen interest in gender, diversity and STEM, she supports equality of opportunities for all and is a panel member of the national Athena Swan awards. She is also the Faculty executive lead for NUSTEM, a major widening participation programme to engage more young people, particularly females in STEM and the university lead for the BRIDGE project, aimed at encouraging greater diversity in the construction sector.
She has mentored colleagues both within the university to support their applications to the Advance HE Fellowship scheme; and externally, particularly around leadership including women leadership. An internationally recognised authority on digital technology and education, she is an elected member of the IEEE Education Society Board of Governors, and part of the team that developed their MOOC on Open Education. She leads the Digital Learning Lab at Northumbria University where her research centres on four interrelated areas: Digital Technology and Education; Active Learning and Student Engagement; STEM Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and End User Experiences of Digital Technologies. She is a strong advocate of partnership working, recently leading the EU funded IMPRESS project aimed at improving student services across higher education in the Ukraine working with European partners, the Ukrainian government and four leading universities in Ukraine; and she is currently working with a team in Nigeria to provide a more active and career informed STEM educational experience for young people.
Carol Davenport, Principal Lecturer
Carol has worked in education for over 22 years; in further education, secondary schools, university and as a teacher educator. She is currently a senior lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle and Director of NUSTEM: working with a range of primary and secondary schools in the North East of England to support young children, young people and their key influencers with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career choices. Carol has been working to improve the gender diversity in physics and STEM more widely for many years; first in her own classroom, then through teacher CPD, and now directly with children and their circle of influence.