‘Thrive’, a campaign that tells the stories of some of our people via a series of podcasts has launched.


calendar-icon 28 September 2017

During the summer, Deborah Bowman, Deputy Principal (Institutional Affairs), interviewed some of the people from across the university who make St George’s such a diverse, interesting and rewarding place to work and study. The resulting podcasts have been uploaded to our Thrive microsite and will be released periodically over the next year.

Thrive grew out of the Athena SWAN work, where we focus on all aspects of the institution and its people. Talking to different people about their experiences and perceptions led to the development of the podcast series and the creation of Thrive.

In the podcasts, we share the stories of staff and students from across St George’s. You can hear Rachel Allen, Head of the Graduate School, talking about those who inspired her, John Hammond, Head of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, on why he hopes that he is a role model for the LGBT community, David Clark and Satyi Kaur on the challenges and pleasures of postdoctoral life and the Principal, Professor Jenny Higham, on the choices she made when she became a parent.

Thrive was launched at an event where guests had the opportunity to hear from some of the interviewees: Rachel Allen, Head of the Graduate School, Judith Ibison, Deputy Dean for Students and Professor Julian Ma, Director of the Institute for Infection and Immunity.

The speakers talked about their lives at and beyond St George’s. It was also an opportunity for people to talk about the aspects of working life that we don’t always find time to discuss and to suggest what we might do better or differently to ensure that St George’s is a place where everyone can thrive.