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Religion, Faith, and Belief Taskforce

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Membership 2022/23

Abdullah Sahin, Reader, Centre for Education Studies (Chair)

Jane Andrews, Reader, WMG

Mary Bailess, Compliance Co-ordinator (Student Immigration), Student Experience

Amarthya Chandrappa, Undergraduate student

Gill Frigerio, Associate Professor, Centre for Lifelong Learning

Aadam Haq, Undergraduate student

Michaela Hodges, Social Inclusion Officer, Social Inclusion

Jane Hutton, Professor, Statistics

Poonam Pedley, Internationalisation Officer, Student Opportunity

Elena Riva, Associate Professor, IATL

Mark Rowland, Free Church Chaplain, Chaplaincy

Shazia Sabath, Donor Relations Officer, Alumni and Development

Taranveer Singh, Undergraduate student

Vicki Squire, Professor, PAIS

Mandeep Tutt, Research Support Officer, WBS

Dave Tyagi, Facilities Assistant, Estates

Daniela Valdes, Postgraduate research student

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Terms of Reference

The Religion, Faith, and Belief Taskforce is an advisory body which makes recommendations to the Social Inclusion Committee on matters of religion, faith, and belief. The Taskforce acts within the following terms of reference:

  1. To advise and support the University via the Social Inclusion Committee on matters of religion, faith, belief, and related religious/cultural practice.
  2. To actively demonstrate good practice in cooperation and intersectionality, especially in supporting other taskforces and the Social Inclusion Committee.
  3. To actively campaign for religious freedom, tolerance, and understanding, and to challenge all forms of religious or cultural discrimination or harassment.
  4. To raise awareness of religion, faith, and belief, especially how it shapes the identities and practices of those in our institution and community.
  5. To engage and consult across the institution; including but not limited to academic departments, professional service departments, student faith societies, the Student’s Union, International Office, and Chaplaincy.

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Reporting Structure

The Religion, Faith, and Belief Taskforce reports to the Social Inclusion Committee.

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Secretary: Lorraine Martin (PA to Director of Social Inclusion and Team Administrator) (

Chair: Abdullah Sahin (Reader, Centre for Education Studies)

If you have any items that you would like to be raised at a Religion, Faith, and Belief Taskforce meeting, or are working on an initiative that might support the goals of the Taskforce, please complete this short contact form. By completing this form you can remain anonymous or provide your contact details if you wish to discuss this further with the Chair.

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The Religion, Faith, and Belief Taskforce meets once a term.

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