(above, left to right: Svitlana Mayboroda, Irene Fonseca, Claudia Sagastizabal, Donatella Marini, Lesley Ward)
As of 2019, a generous £250,000 donation from the Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust has allowed the establishment of the Kirk Distinguished Visting Fellowships scheme. This fellowship provides funding for one senior mathematician per programme in the style of the existing Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellowships. These field-leading figures are chosen from under-represented groups within higher mathematical research. As a consequence they will primarily be senior women mathematicians. It is the Institute’s hope that this prestigious fellowship will help create and promote influential new role models within the field, and address the historical gender imbalance that persists within the science.