Early career researcher (ECR) reps

The ECR Forum represents the views and ideas of early career researchers from across the university.  There are two reps per department / school or centre who meet three to four times a year with members of the RDP and the Doctoral College, representatives of the HR Excellence in Research working group and the Athena Swan implementation group. The Chair of the ECR Forum sits on the University Research and Innovation Committee (URIC) to report actions arising from the forum and represent ECR issues.

If you are interested in becoming a rep please get in contact with your department's current rep, the Chairs of the ECR Forum, or rdp@surrey.ac.uk.

Minutes and Documentation

Minutes of June 2019 ECR Forum meeting (University log-in required)

ECR Reps


Chair of the ECR Forum
Marco Sacchi Chemistry m.sacchi@surrey.ac.uk
Deputy Chairs of the ECR Forum
Femi Adeyemi-Ejeye Music and Media femi.ae@surrey.ac.uk
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Georgia Volioti Music and Media g.volioti@surrey.ac.uk
Vacant Economics  
Timothy Feist English Literature and Languages t.feist@surrey.ac.uk
Kim Starr English Literature and Languages k.starr@surrey.ac.uk
Vacant Politics  
Vacant  Guildford School of Acting  
Isabel Rodriguez School of Hospitality and Tourism Management isabel.rodriguez@surrey.ac.uk
Tracy Xu School of Hospitality and Tourism Management s.xu@surrey.ac.uk
Ambrose Lee

School of Law

Kirsty Lohman


Carla Bonina

Surrey Business School 

Hyeyoun Park Surrey Business School hy.park@surrey.ac.uk
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Arooj Siddiqui

5G Innovation Centre a.siddiqui@surrey.ac.uk
Vacant ATI   
Marco Volino CVSSP


Armin Mustafa CVSSP


James Suckling Centre for Environment & Sustainability j.suckling@surrey.ac.uk
Bolaji Shemfe Centre for Environment & Sustainability m.shemfe@surrey.ac.uk
Siddharth Gadkari Department of Chemical and Process Engineering  s.gadkari@surrey.ac.uk
Marco Sacchi Department of Chemistry  m.sacchi@surrey.ac.uk
Vacant Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  
Vacant Department of Computer Science  
Vacant Department of Mathematics  
Eva Jakubczyk Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences e.jakubczyk@surrey.ac.uk
Matt Taggart Department of Physics m.taggart@surrey.ac.uk
Giovanni Mirouh Department of Physics g.mirouh@surrey.ac.uk 
Mohamed Abdelwahab Surrey Space Centre m.h.abdelwahab@surrey.ac.uk
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Harshana Liyange School of Biosciences and Medicine h.s.liyanage@surrey.ac.uk
Tiffany Russell School of Biosciences and Medicine t.russell@surrey.ac.uk
Andrea Darling School of Biosciences and Medicine a.l.darling@surrey.ac.uk
Ruth Abrams  School of Health Sciences r.abrams@surrey.ac.uk
Carys Banks School of Health Sciences c.banks@surrey.ac.uk
Katie Gilligan School of Psychology k.gilligan@surrey.ac.uk
Aurore Poirier School of Veterinary Medicine  a.poirier@surrey.ac.uk
Jai Mehat School of Veterinary Medicine jw.mehat@surrey.ac.uk
Department of Higher Education
Kieran Balloo   k.balloo@surrey.ac.uk

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) working group has been set up as a part of ECR forum at the University of Surrey with the following objectives:

  • Gather information on the state of ED&I for ECRs at the University level to identify gaps and challenges

  • Create awareness within the University at different levels (ECR to Higher management) using the information
  • Propose short-term and long-term solutions to inform University policymakers to create an impact

The group will initially focus on three areas: Athena Swan (gender equality), Race equality and LGBTQ+ equality. The focus will be expanded in future to other important areas including disability, neurodiversity, and mental health.

The Working Group meets approximately once every six weeks and is organized by Dr Armin Mustafa & Dr Giovanni Mirouh. Any ECR Rep is welcome to attend, contribute, or suggest agenda items.


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