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Equality & Diversity


University Equality Champions

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


  • Professor Andrew Webber (LGBT+ Staff Networks)

Gender Equality

  • Professor Val Gibson, STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medicine)

Race & Inclusion Champions

  • Dr Kamal Munir
  • Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Disability and Wellbeing Champion

  • Dr Hisham Ziauddeen

Read their stories here

In 2009, the University approved the establishment of Equality Champions to demonstrate senior leadership and support for equality and diversity 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 and diversity 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