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Victoria Lowry

Head of Policy at NUS

Professor Anthony Forster

Professor Anthony Forster is the sixth Vice-chancellor of the University of Essex, and he took up his post in 2012. Anthony is a political scientist and his most recent work focussed on the duty of care owed by the state and society to service personnel. Anthony has published 11 books and nearly 50 articles and…

Jess Moody’s profile

Jess Moody is a Senior Policy Adviser and leads on social mobility and sexual orientation.

Professor Jane Norman

Jane Norman graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1986. After early clinical and academic training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Edinburgh, she was awarded the degree of MD by the University of Edinburgh in 1992. Since 1993, she has conducted translational research aiming to understand factors responsible for the initiation of normal…

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott is the Senior Pro-Vice-chancellor responsible for research and innovation and strategic development at Swansea University. Professor Lappin-Scott is Vice-president of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS) and a trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust. She is former president of the Microbiology Society and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME). Hilary…

Professor Stuart Croft

Professor Stuart Croft is Chair of the Board of Equality Challenge Unit. Stuart became the Vice-chancellor and president of the University of Warwick in February 2016, moving from his previous role as the university’s provost and prior to this as the Pro-Vice-chancellor for research (Arts and Social Sciences). Stuart has been part of Warwick’s community…

Professor Cara Aitchison

Professor Cara Aitchison is President and Vice-chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University. She was previously Vice-chancellor of the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth (2013-16), Head of Moray House School of Education and Chair in Social and Environmental Justice at Edinburgh University (2010-13), Dean of the faculty of education and sport at the…

Kevin Guyan’s profile

    Telephone: 020 7438 1014 Email: kevin.guyan@ecu.ac.uk Twitter: @kevin_guyan     Current work: Leading and providing research support for the following projects: #ECUstats, infographics that present key equality data from the higher education sector Supporting workforce diversity: progressing staff equality in colleges, a major study of equality issues for college staff in Scotland Athena…

Donna Rowe-Merriman

Head of Higher Education at UNISON

Professor Geoff Layer

Vice-chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton.

Julia Halej’s profile

Julia is a mixed-methods researcher and works on the development, analysis and delivery of ECU’s research initiatives.

Stephanie Millar’s profile

Stephanie Millar is a Senior Policy Adviser, supporting colleges and universities in Scotland.

Dr Nicola Rollock

Dr Nicola Rollock is deputy director of the Centre for research in race and education at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Aneez Esmail

Aneez is a professor of general practice at the University of Manchester and continues to work as a clinician.  He is an active campaigner for equality both in higher education and the NHS.

Professor Laura Serrant PhD, MA, BA, RGN, PGCE, Queens Nurse

Professor Laura Serrant is professor of community and public health nursing in the faculty of education, health and wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. She is currently on secondment with NHS England as head of evidence and strategy in the nursing directorate.

Professor Kevin Hylton

Kevin Hylton is professor of equality and diversity in sport, leisure and education, Leeds Beckett University.

Baroness Afshar OBE FASSc

Haleh Afshar is emeritus professor of politics at the University of York and serves as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Gemma Tracey

Gemma Tracey is a Senior Policy Adviser working on a range of projects connected with promoting equality and diversity in higher education, with a particular focus on gender, gender identity and race.

Tinu Cornish

Tinu is a training and learning adviser and develops and delivers evidence-based training and resources.

Sarah Fink

Provides strategic and operational support to the Athena SWAN Charter, including the expansion to Ireland. Telephone: 020 7269 6541 Email: Sarah.Fink@ecu.ac.uk Sarah joined ECU in August 2015, providing strategic and operational support to the development of the Athena SWAN Charter, with particular focus on its expansion to the Republic of Ireland. Sarah’s role includes delivering training and workshops, moderating Athena SWAN…

Jess Cockell

Focusing on Athena SWAN and research institutes.

David Malcolm

Assistant Director, NUS

Professor Nigel Seaton

Nigel Seaton is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University

Dr Chantal Davies PhD MA (Oxon) MA (Chester) LPC (solicitor) PGCE FHEA

Chantal is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Discrimination Law in the Law School at the University of Chester

Professor Janet Beer’s profile

Vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool

Margaret Ayers’ profile

Human Resources Director at Queen Mary, University of London

Ruth Gilligan’s profile

Ruth Gilligan is Athena SWAN Manager for Equality Challenge Unit.

Professor Mary Stuart’s profile

Vice-chancellor, University of Lincoln: GuildHE/Universities UK nominee

Rosemary Stamp MA MSc MIoD MCIPR FAUA FCIM profile

Director and principle consultant of Stamp Consulting UK

Professor Colin Riordan’s profile

Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University: Universities UK nominee

Professor Paul Olomolaiye’s profile

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England Bristol

Michael MacNeil’s profile

National Head of Bargaining and Negotiations, University and College Union: JNCHES nominee

Patrick Johnson’s profile

Head of Equality and Diversity, University of Manchester

Professor Mark Cleary’s profile

Vice-chancellor, University of Bradford: Universities UK and GuildHE nominee

Victoria Walter’s profile

Victoria is Events and Resources Manager and PA to David Ruebain

Stephanie Neave’s profile

Stephanie Neave is the Research Manager at Equality Challenge Unit. She has responsibility for the overall programme of ECU’s research and data functions, leading on the organisation’s statistical reports and the development, analysis and delivery of its research initiatives.

Sarah Dickinson Hyam’s profile

Sarah is Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit

Juliet Adams’s profile

Juliet Adams is Head of Resources at Equality Challenge Unit

James Lush’s profile

James Lush is the Equality Charters Development Manager

Gary Loke’s profile

Gary Loke is Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Policy and External Relations for Equality Challenge Unit and is part of the senior management team. He oversees ECU’s policy and research work, training and learning development and delivery, and external relations.

Ellen Pugh’s profile

Ellen Pugh is the Programme Manager (Policy) at ECU. She has many years of experience working on equality issues especially related to gender and gender identity. Ellen works part-time on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

David Ruebain’s profile

David is Chief Executive of Equality Challenge Unit

David Bass’ profile

David is a Programme Manager overseeing ECU’s programme of work for Scottish institutions and the team of staff who deliver it.

Clare Pavitt’s profile

Clare is responsible for developing ECU’s training and learning resources.

Claire Herbert’s Profile

Claire manages ECU’s Race Equality Charter

Chris Brill’s profile

Chris is currently working on disability and age equality issues, and has previously led projects on the Equality Act, religion and belief and equality data

Ashlee Christoffersen’s profile

Ashlee is a Researcher and works on the development, analysis and delivery of ECU’s research initiatives