Compared to recent years, 2020 Pride Month is going to be very different. We are in the midst of a pandemic which is affecting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people disproportionately. This week, we are also at a tipping point in the state and federal-led brutalities against the Black communities both in the US and other western countries. This is no ordinary Pride Month. For me, as an ally of Black communities and as a queer woman of colour, June 2020 will not be the celebration it usually is. …

This is not an exhaustive guide on how to write a research fellowship, rather my personal experience of the process which led me to receiving a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) in 2019.

Background: I had been a principal investigator (PI), a Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences in the University of Leeds (UoL), UK, since mid-2015 and had one failure after another in getting my research funded. Between 2014 and 2018, I had reached the final stages (interview or final panel) of a BBSRC David Philips fellowship, an ERC starting grant and an MRC New Investigator Grant. Despite some success with…

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Microscopy researcher, based in the North of England. Interested in equality, diversity & inclusion in UK Higher education and STEMM.

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