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Equality and Diversity Committee

Work of the Committee | Members | Terms of Reference

This committee was established by the Department in 2011 to address issues of equality and diversity. We understand diversity to mean recognising, respecting and valuing differences within the departmental community such that all are able to contribute and realize their full potential. We believe this can only be done through promoting an inclusive, enquiring and robust academic culture for all staff and students.

This aspiration is in line with the University’s ambition to enshrine an inclusive work ethos by promoting values of respect, equality, non-discrimination, fair management through the Diversity & Inclusion policy. Our work on equality and diversity is framed by the Equality Act (2010), which provides protection from discrimination on the nine Protected Characteristics: Age, Disability, Trans & Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex (Gender Equality), Sexual Orientation.

In PAIS we aspire to promote diversity in all areas of our work – constructing our curriculum, recruitment and promotion of staff, admission of students, inviting academic visitors to the department, and the everyday organisation of departmental work.

The work of the committee has encompassed several important areas and initiatives. We have:

  • Gathered, presented and generated discussion on data on female and BAME representation in the Department
  • Promoted comprehensive equalities training for interview panels
  • Reflected diversity concerns in advertisements for recruitment to attract groups that are under-represented in the Department
  • Ensured that we do not recruit through all-male interview panels
  • Organised E&D training events for the whole Department and for our sessional tutors
  • Ensured that the Disability Allowance available for UK students would be matched for EU and international students so as not to discriminate on the basis of nationality
  • Undertaken the first departmental Staff Culture Survey
  • Raised the profile of diversity issues through discussions during Away Days
  • Circulated ideas for module directors and seminar tutors on how to make their teaching more inclusive.

Whilst we are pleased to have made progress in these areas, we are aware of the challenges before us and continue to work with staff and students to ensure diversity and improve on equality criteria within the Department.

If you would like to get involved in the work of the committee, please get in touch with Sue Davies - or any member of the committee (see below)

Current Members of the Committee
Shahnaz Akhter Jackie Clarke Mathew Coakley Zoe Colpaert Susan Davies
Shahnaz Akhter
(PhD Student Represntative)
Jackie Clarke Mat Coakley Zoe Colpaert
(UG Student Representative
Susan Davies
(Secretary to the Committee)
Naomi Elliot Ben Hayday Charlotte Heath-Kelly Shirin Rai Ben Richardson

Naomi Elliott
(UG Student Representative)

Ben Hayday
(UG Student Representative)
Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Shirin Rai

(Committee Chair)

Ben Richardson
Tom Sorell Charloula NVW Julia Welland  

Tom Sorell

Charoula Tzanakou Nick Vaughan-Williams
(Head of Department)
Julia Welland  
PAIS E&D Committee’s Terms of Reference
  • To promote a positive working culture and collegial environment within PAIS;
  • To devise, recommend, co-ordinate and monitor steps on matters relating to equality, welfare and diversity issues throughout the Department ensuring compliance with the Equality Act, 2010;
  • To implement departmental and institutional policy in relation to equality, welfare and diversity issues;
  • To generate, collate and analyse data on diversity issues within the Department and preparing submissions for charter marks such Athena SWAN and the Race Equality Charter Mark.
  • To encourage all members of PAIS to engage with and participate in initiatives on issues relating to equality, welfare and diversity
  • To be responsible for supporting and encouraging effective dissemination of information and guidance about equality, welfare and diversity within the Department.
  • To consult widely with all relevant groups within the Department in pursuance of its work.