12 inspiring women pictures

As part of International Women’s Day 2020, the University would like to celebrate the range of successful women who have worked and studied at Swansea, past and present, across all departments and at a variety of levels in their career. 

To share the great stories of our diverse workforce and the talent that Swansea University has to offer, please read through our Inspiring Women nominations for 2020 below: 

(Please click on each image to read more)

In addition to the below please visit the University Centenary page to read about Marian Phillips (1916-2013), peacetime student and wartime lecturer.

Alicia Petersen

Alicia is a Swansea University Science for School’s Scheme Outreach Tutor. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in biosciences and chose to join Swansea University's Science for Schools Scheme (S4) as a tutor because of her passion for Zoology, and her love of working to engage kids from difficult backgrounds with science.


Amira Guirguis

Dr Amira Guirguis a true role model to women.  Not only is she a single mother, who has undertaken her PhD in Pharmacy, but she has also devoted her own time, over and beyond her research studies, to engage with local, national and international entities to make a difference to people's lives.

Beveley Jenkins

Beveley is renowned for consistently giving 100% to everything she does, as well as going above and beyond to support those around her - especially those new to SEA management roles by sharing her managerial experiences and inspiring other women, in particular, to lead.


Emma Lydiard-Jenkins

Emma leads the Professional Services team for the Accounting and Finance department, providing guidance and direction for all the support staff working alongside students and academics. In addition, Emma also line manages the School’s research support staff, and is Co-Chair of the School’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, helping to drive forward the School’s equality and diversity ambitions.

Farzaneh Hafezi

Dr Farzaneh Hafezi is an Industrial Lecturer for a Material Education Training and Learning (METaL) project at the College of Engineering, Swansea University. She came to Swansea as an MSc in Mechanical Engineering student and her desire and ability to make a difference without giving up on challenges was clear.

Fiona Nixon

Fiona is Head of Projects and Planning in Swansea University’s Estates and FM Directorate, managing the planning and delivery of the University’s portfolio of built environment projects. She and her team have delivered many major projects across the University estate including the ILS and Data Science buildings on the Singleton Campus, and several buildings on the Bay Campus.

Gemma Almond

Dr Gemma Almond is a former elite athlete and swimmer who represented Great Britain at various competitions between 2008 and 2015. Her sporting highlights include a bronze medal at the European Championships in 2011 and two finals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


Gemma Barnes

Gemma is an Events Coordinator for Reaching Wider, the widening access programme based within the Centre for Academic Success, Student Services. Gemma is passionate about local young people being confident in themselves and proud of their identities, and runs a number of events that give young people the tools to look after their mental health.


Helen Williams

Helen Williams, a third-year doctoral candidate, is an emerging and innovative research scholar within the School of Management, an active contributor to Athena SWAN, and a confident member of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether Helen is facilitating an undergraduate seminar, presenting a paper at a conference, or providing friendly advice to her fellow PGR peers – passion and positivity exude from her.


Joanna Clarke

In a world where only 13% of UK architects are women, Joanna Clarke excels in her role and inspires the next generation of building designers. In the College of Engineering, Joanna works as SPECIFIC’s International Architectural Design Manager and was the Designer of the Active Buildings.



Maria Cheshire Allen

Maria’s role as co-ordinator of the Athena SWAN Carers Support Group is entirely aligned with the International Women's Day theme 'Each for Equal'. Increasing numbers of staff at the University are carers and through coordinating the support group she ensures that these staff are provided with support and have a forum for their collective views to be heard.

Youmna Mouhamad

Dr Mouhamad is a Technology Transfer Fellow at SPECIFIC. She is the leader of BAME students in Engineering Network, which aims to progress racial equality by raising awareness of the challenges that BAME students and staff experience. She is also an entrepreneur working on the commercialisation of an innovative product, which will change the lives of women with afro-texture hair.