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This announcement was timed to celebrate International Women's Day. The role of the Academic Champion is to support diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship, and to enhance the University’s commitment to these goals, Professor Stevens (who is John Black Professor of Bionanoscience and Deputy Director of the Kavli Institute) will work with the IDEA (Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities) programme and EnSpire Oxford, the University’s entrepreneurship hub. 

Professor Stevens' focus will be on inspiring and nurturing underrepresented people within the University who have an interest in entrepreneurship; advocating at a senior level and collaborating with researchers, Professional Services, Divisions, Departments, and the Equality and Diversity Unit to further this goal.

Additionally, she will provide academic leadership in the development of a Women and Diversity in Entrepreneurship Strategy, aligning with the entrepreneurship objectives outlined in the University's Strategic Plan and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.