The WISE Campaign worked with a number of partners on this project and is grateful to them for their collaboration and support

  • Content overview and steering group member
  • Promotional partner
  • Project lead and website build

This project also maintained links with the Northern Ireland Education Department

Professor Averil Macdonald

Professor Averil Macdonald

D.Univ CPhys FInstP FRSA
Editor - Girl-Friendly Physics Teaching

Averil Macdonald is Professor of Science Engagement and leads on Diversity and Impact for the South East Physics network (SEPnet) – a HEFCE funded consortium of 9 physics departments across the SE developing a collaborative diversity strategy across the network.

Averil was previously a teacher of physics and has co-authored 25 school level text book as well as numerous on-line teaching resources

Averil is a Board member for WISE Campaign and chairs the Expert Group for Women in Science reporting on the success of the Government’s Strategy for Women in Science. She also sits on the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Advisory Committee and, previously, on the Institute of physics Diversity Committee. She is UK representative on the EU ‘Helsinki Group’ advising on good practice on gender equality in innovation and research in the EU framework research awards.

Averil is a trustee of the Science Museum Group, sits on the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement and on the Council of the Institute of Physics, is a Director of the Cheltenham Festivals and sits on the Court of Imperial College.

Averil has been awarded the international Bragg Medal and Prize by the Institute of physics, London, the accolade of Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science in recognition of her work in Science Communication, the prestigious Plastics Industry Award for Personal Contribution to the Industry and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of York.