National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Justina Heslop

Justina Heslop

Research Project Manager

Area of research/job role

Research Project Management 

What three words would you use to describe being a woman in Engineering?

  • Fun
  • Challenging
  • Rewarding

What is your biggest achievement to date?

I really enjoy working on events. In one of my previous projects I organised a well attended international conference bringing together leading scientists and engineers from around the world. It was challenging but it but felt great to see the event run smoothly and we got some great feedback and made some great connections for our project.

What advice would you give to young women going into your industry/line of work?

From the perspective of working in professional services supporting engineers and scientists to deliver research projects can be hard work. Navigating different personalities in the team of collaborators and stakeholders can test your patience but building relationships with the team is so rewarding in the long run!

Who are your female role models?

Sara Walker, Libby Gibson, Laura Brown...3 fiercely intelligent amazing women!

What privileges or challenges do you stereotypically face?

I feel that I am surrounded by supportive women at Newcastle University who are there to share advice and boost me when I need it. I do feel there is still a divide between professional services and some elements of academia and this is probably compounded by gender dynamics however the vast majority of my experience is positive.

Do you have a favourite quote? What is it and who is it from?

"Be careful with the stories you tell about yourself." - Glennon Doyle, 'Untamed'

“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

Justina Heslop international day for women and girls in science