Dr Rachel Sparks is the project manager for the Not-Equal project.
Not-Equal is a UKRI funded network, NetworkPlus, that aims to foster new collaborations in order to create the conditions for digital technology to support social justice, and develop a path for inclusive digital innovation and a fairer future for all in and through the digital economy.
She has a background in Physics, having completed her BSc(Hons) in Physics & Astrophysics at Keele University and PhD in theoretical physics at Lancaster University. Following completion of her PhD Rachel went on to manage the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology at Flinders University, South Australia. This centre hosts researchers across multiple disciplines enabling Rachel to expand her interests into other areas of science.
She is also the former Grants Manager at the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials and has carried out Postdoctoral roles at Tomsk State University (Russia) and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) utilizing her expertise in the areas of molecular electronics and astrophysics. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Rachel was the Research Proposal Editor for the School of Engineering at Stanford University (USA). In her broad array of roles across the globe, she has managed projects from small group ventures up to multimillion-dollar collaborative programs (both industry and academic).