She is also a very proud mother and has met the challenge of juggling motherhood with establishing an academic career. During the early part of her career she did not come across many female role models and as a result she is driven to be a good role model for many women in academia particularly in the early stages of their career. Throughout her academic career she has been passionate about mentoring other female scientists and in 2015 was shortlisted as the Mentor of the Year in the Women of the Future awards. She is the University’s executive lead on gender equality and the University’s lead for Athena Swan.
Moving into academic leadership roles in the last decade or so, Tara has held posts such as Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), Dean of Faculty of Science and Dean of Research for the University of Portsmouth.
In 2018, she was appointed as the National Director of University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance. Among all her activities she has maintained an active research portfolio thanks to her wonderful PhD students, she says!