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The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (previously known as EDI Governance Group) is to provide leadership, drive and strategic direction on equality, diversity and inclusion across all parts of the University.

The EDI Committee meets three times a year and is an opportunity for any equality and diversity issues to be discussed in a structured environment.

The group is chaired by the Vice President for Social Responsibility and is attended by a number of representatives from around the University:


  • Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility – Chair
  • Professor Colette Fagan – Vice President for Research
  • Adèle MacKinlay – Director of People and Organisational Development (OD)
  • Banji Adewumi– Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professor Dawn Edge – Academic Lead for EDI and Chair, University Race Equality Self assessment team
  • Dr Rachel Cowen – Academic Lead for EDI and Chair, University Athena Swan Self assessment team
  • Sinead Hesp - PS and Cultural Institutions EDI Committee Chair
  • Paul Marks-Jones - EDI Equality Diversity And Inclusion Partner
  • Professor Judy Williams – Associate Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students
  • Professor Claire Alexander – Director of Research, School of Social Sciences
  • Sarah Littlejohn – Head of Campus Life
  • Dr Hema Radhadkrishnan - Associate Dean for Social Responsibility, FBMH
  • Dr Mark Hughes - Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility, FSE
  • Dr Susie Miles - Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Humanities
  • Student representation

In February 2020 an EDI Forum was established.  The membership consists of:

  • Co-chairs of the Disabled Staff Network group (DSN)
  • Co-chairs of the BAME Staff Network Group
  • Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network Group
  • Union representation from Unison, UCU and Unite

A member of the EDI Committee chairs the Forum and will raise any issues at the EDI Committee meetings on behalf of the Forum

The Terms of Reference can be accessed using the following link:

Terms of Reference 

Notes of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Governance Group (EDIGG) meeting of 1 October 2020.

Image of the EDI Governance Structure