Jenni’s most recent accomplishment also highlights the success of the School of Chemistry’s Christina Miller Fellowship. Jenni is the second academic member of staff from the School of Chemistry to be awarded both the Christina Miller Fellowship and subsequently a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. Dr Amanda Jarvis was awarded a Christina Miller Fellowship in 2018 and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in 2019.
The Christina Miller Fellowship at the School of Chemistry is a three-year fellowship, specifically to encourage talented postdoctoral researchers from minorities (gender, race, disability, disadvantaged background). They are named in recognition of Dr Christina Cruickshank Miller (29 August 1899 - 16 July 2001), to celebrate her outstanding achievements as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh and one of the first five women (also the first female chemist) elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This fellowship is proving to be an exceptional development opportunity for individuals who can demonstrate the potential for independent research and a future academic career.
Through the appointment of Christina Miller Fellows, the School of Chemistry have increased the diversity within the School community and are taking positive action to increase equality and diversity. The Fellows are mentored by appropriate, experienced academics who provide career advice and aid in the preparation of further applications and interviews.
Jenni’s impressive career track record subsequently saw her go on to also be awarded a prestigious Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in 2018, which was established as a memorial to Sir William Ramsay, KCB, FRS, to promote the development of the science of chemistry by encouraging postdoctoral researchers to undertake original and independent research.
I am absolutely delighted to be awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. This will assist me in pursuing my research into sustainable plastics, by developing new strategies to convert plastic waste into useful materials. This exciting opportunity will enable me to diversify my research and establish collaborations with academic and industrial researchers.
The School is extremely proud of all of Jenni’s achievements. Her latest success comes after her earlier award of a Christina Miller Fellowship in 2016 and a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in 2018. This confirms not only how worthy a winner she is of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, but also highlights the resounding success of the School’s Christina Miller Fellowship Scheme in nurturing our early-career researchers, especially as Jenni is the second of our Christina Miller Fellows to be awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship.