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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


University Equality Champions

The Equality Champions also have the following areas of specific responsibility:


  • Vacant

Gender Equality

  • Dr Liz Hide, STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathmatics and Medicine)
  • Professor Sarah Colvin, AHSSBL (Arts & Humanities)

Race & Inclusion Champions

  • Dr Ali Meghji
  • Professor Esra Özyürek

Disability and Wellbeing Champion

  • Professor Alison Dunning


In 2009, the University approved the establishment of Equality Champions to demonstrate senior leadership and support for equality, diversity and inclusion matters and initiatives. The Champions:

  • Support the progression of equality for all protected groups:
    • Age
    • Disability
    • Gender Reassignment
    • Marriage and Civil Partnership
    • Pregnancy and Maternity
    • Race
    • Religion or Belief (including no belief)
    • Sex
    • Sexual Orientation
  • Assist with the progression of equality objectives.
  • Advocate on equality, diversity and inclusion matters.
  • Advise and contribute to papers and relevant processes.
  • Work with staff and student equality networks.
  • Provide a formal link to staff diversity networks (as indicated).
  • Attend equalities-related events.

If you would like to contact one of the Equality Champions, email


School Equality Champions

Schools and Institutions each have two Champion, one male and one female; one of these is a member of GESG (terms of office are 2 years), formally linking the Schools to gender equality governance and decision making.

Role of the School Equality Champions (as approved by E&D Committee):

To provide visible leadership and promote good practice on gender equality, beyond compliance, for the University, by:

•             Playing an active role in championing the University’s commitment to progress gender equality across the institution

•             Facilitating increased awareness of gender matters within Schools/NSI’s, ensuring gender equality is a key consideration within the business of the institution being represented; this will require membership of a local governance body of influence (if possible)

•             Providing a local focus, encouraging good practice, influencing cultural change and ensuring relevance of gender equality to the different institutions across the University

•             Providing a link between the Gender Equality Champions, GEG, and the Schools/NSI’s in the progression of this objective

•             Advocating for gender equality matters locally and within the University

•             Providing a School/NSI-based link to women students via the CUSU Women’s Forum