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Oriel Women’s Network – Alumnae Panel

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Orielenses are warmly invited to an online alumnae panel event for the Oriel Women’s Network. Join us online from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 8 June to listen to our alumnae panellists discuss their experiences of having worked in the traditionally male dominated industries of Academia, STEM and Medicine.

Our Panel

Claire Edwards (1990) is an orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon. She qualified from Oriel College, Oxford in 1996 and undertook surgical training in Nottingham. After working on the BBC series “The Ship” she completed a PhD on S.Aureus biofilms. She trained in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Trent before undertaking hand fellowships at the Pulvertaft Unit in Derby and an advanced training post in Sheffield. Her special interests are hand trauma, arthritis and the musicians hand.

Claire is an elected Member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Chair of the RCSEd Surgical Specialty Board for Trauma and Orthopaedics and a member of the RCSEd Research and Awards Committee. She is an examiner for the FRCS (Tr and Orth) and a member of the examination board. She is the Training Programme Director for Core Surgery Health Education East of England.

Claire is a triathlete with 2 young and sporty sons and a menagerie of pets. She and her husband enjoy spending time with together gardening or restoring their home. She plays piano, clarinet and violin supporting her interests in the musicians hand.

Anna Kotova matriculated in 2008 to read Law and stayed straight through to the completion of her DPhil in Criminology. She now teaches and researches at the University of Birmingham. Her research is heavily focused on social justice, inclusion and prisons. During her time at Oriel she was an active cox, taught Criminal Law tutorials and assisted in Law admissions. Having retired from rowing, she now enjoys good coffee and lie-ins.

Violet Snell (1992) Head of Platform AI, iProov. After many years of doing both algorithm research and software development in industry, Violet started a PhD in computer vision at CVSSP (Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing) at the University of Surrey in 2010. By 2014 she had also completed a lecturing qualification, and taught computer science until the summer of 2015. These days she leads teams developing deep-learning image recognition systems. This wide range of perspectives gives her a valuable insight into career development possibilities in technology fields. She has been involved in mentoring, recruitment and development of graduate engineers and trainees for nearly two decades, and volunteers and speaks in support of improving female representation in STEM.