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Membership 2023/24

The Provost, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Academic Vice-President (Chair)

Professor Pam Thomas

Director of Social Inclusion (Deputy Chair)

Kulbir Shergill

Assistant Director (Outreach) SROAS

Paul Blagburn

Director of Student Experience

Adele Browne

A member of academic staff from each of the three faculties:



Dr Rashmi Varma

Science, Engineering and Medicine

Professor Lanre Sorinola

Social Sciences

Professor Celine Tan
Two Students' Union Sabbatical Officers, appointed by the Students' Union

Anna Taylor

Enaya Nihal

A representative from Human Resources

Karen Terry Weymouth

One member of Professional Services Staff grades 6-9

Stephen Soanes

One member of Professional Services Staff grades 1a-5

Simran Panesar

One independent member external to the University, with relevant expertise, appointed by the Council

Claire Harvey

The Chair of the Equality and Diversity Network Group

Rosalind Roke

Chair(s) of Taskforce Groups:


Gender Taskforce

Jane Coleman

Sam Grierson

Rainbow Taskforce

Sam Parr



Race Equality Taskforce

Doreen Foster

Religion, Faith and Belief Taskforce

Rev. Mark Rowland

Disability Taskforce

Nivaria Morales

Mads Wilson

Chaplaincy Representative

Rev. Mark Rowland

Students' Union Liberation Officer

Saul Harvey

Two co-opted members from the Values Review Programme

Dr Jane Bryan

Helen Knee

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Terms of Reference

The Social Inclusion Committee shall advise and may make recommendations to the Senate and the Council on matters relating to the Social Inclusion strategy and the promotion and monitoring of equality, diversity and inclusion issues throughout the University.

Where appropriate, the Committee shall refer matters direct to, and seek responses from, other committees or any appropriate body.

a) To oversee and provide direction for the implementation of the University’s Social Inclusion Strategy working with, and providing guidance to, relevant taskforces and subgroups.

b) To devise, co-ordinate and monitor steps taken by the University to comply with the Equality Act 2010, with particular regard to the specific protected characteristics: age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marriage or civil partnership, as detailed in the Act; to undertake the same with respect to other marginalised groups including in relation to socio-economic background, minority ethnic groups, care leavers and asylum seekers.

c) To develop and review policies relevant to social inclusion (including specifically equality and diversity), to monitor the implementation of these policies, ensuring that they comply with the law and are effectively disseminated to the University community.

d) To advise the Council, the Senate and other University bodies on policy matters and practice relating to social inclusion, equality and diversity.

e) To consult widely with all relevant groups within the University in pursuance of its terms of reference.

f) To monitor the experience and composition of the University’s workforce and student body (including practice on the admission of students and the recruitment of staff) and to direct actions on identified trends where necessary.

g) To share areas of good practice within the University and across the HE sector more broadly.

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Reporting Structure

The Social Inclusion Committee reports to the Council and the Senate.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Lorraine Martin, PA to Kulbir Shergill & Team Administrator, Social Inclusion Group

Papers for consideration by the Social Inclusion Committee should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Social Inclusion Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

The Timetable is published and updated online and should be referred to when verifying arrangements through the academic year.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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