Dr Doolan classes helped me grow, and she always use her own time to help me and other students on our assignments. She’s a really responsible tutor. From her classes, I could easily see she have a serious attitude for teaching. Also, she’s a very kind teacher. She care’s students further study a lot. Although I’m not the best student in class, but Dr Doolan still encourages me a lot. I am very grateful to her and I will still keep in touch with her. Thank you Dr Doolan for teaching and helping me, I’m glad I could be your student. Overall, she’s a very good tutor in my heart. I hope Dr Doolan good all the time.
As the longest running Athena Swan Champion dedicated to advancing gender equality in STEMM and her School since 2014, Martina more than deserves to be recognised for her contributions to EDI at the University. She pretty much single-handedly drafted and secured two successful Bronze awards – one for the School of Computer Science and, more recently, a joint award for the School of Engineering and Computer Science which was announced in 2020. Achieving Athena Swan awards is no small task and involves advancing very extensive action plans to address any issues and improve workplace culture for staff and students.
Martina was also the original Chair of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team which she broadened to become the School’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (EDIT). She is now a member of the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science strategic EDIT where she continues to drive forward this work.
Some of Martina’s activities in relation to EDI in the past year included:
(1) leading a project around ensuring that EDI work is recognised as part of career progression;
(2) leading an Erasmus+ international partnership project with institutions in Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Germany, Sweden, and the UK to undertake an EDI gap analysis. She led training in EDI and inclusive curriculum development and her recommendations for improvements in EDI are now being implemented in these institutions;
(3) holding interviews with inspiring women as part of International Women’s Day 2021.
Martina’s achievements speak for themselves and she is a role model for women in STEMM fields, often being asked to present her story at conferences and events. She is by far one of the most open, genuine, and inspiring individuals I have ever met, and at the same time warm, friendly, and approachable and always willing to support her colleagues and students.
“She is one of the most impactful tutors I have experienced so far in academics. The effort she puts into lectures and the way she supports each student in a class of more than 100 candidates is remarkable. Her experience and knowledge is not only her achievements but her art of delivering to the students marks it an asset for the students.”
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