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Rachael Ainsworth

Rachael Ainsworth

SSI fellow

The University of Manchester


I am interested in cultivating a more open, inclusive and supportive culture in research - including attracting and retaining underrepresented communities, improving well-being within the research ecosystem, and gaining back public trust in research - as it involves a shift in the collective mindset from exclusive to inclusive.

I love community building, organising events, empowering others and space exploration.

My work

I am a Research Associate in Radio Astronomy and Open Science Champion at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester. I am passionate about openness, transparency, reproducibility and inclusion in research. My research involves observing jets from young stars with next-generation radio telescopes to investigate the physical processes that assemble stars like our Sun, and am currently working on a project to make data access and processing from the e-MERLIN telescope more accessible to all. I am also a FOSTER certified Open Science Trainer, Mozilla Open Leader, organiser for the women in data meetup group HER+Data MCR (https://www.meetup.com/HER-Data-MCR/, https://twitter.com/herplusdatamcr) and member of the first cohort of Tech Future Female Leaders.

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