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The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver department award.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group
The College of Medicine and Health’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Group started as the Athena SWAN Working Group in 2012, before developing into the EDI Group in 2016, to reflect a broader remit covering equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to all protected characteristics.
As Director of College Operations for the University of Exeter Medical School, Rachel Burn has overall leadership responsibility for operational and administrative support in the College. Rachel was one of the University’s inaugural Speak Out Guardians and is currently a Stonewall Ally and sits on the University's Disability Equality Group and Race Equality Charter Mark Group; she has a strong belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
Rachel Burn, Director of College Operations and EDI Group Co-Chair
I was delighted when the College was awarded the Athena SWAN Silver departmental award, as it reflects how committed we are within the College to ensuring equality and inclusivity across the board. My role is to help the EDI Group ensure that we meet all the targets set out in our Athena SWAN Silver action plan, as well as helping them to develop other EDI activities that will take us further in the future.
Sarah Downing, Executive Officer and EDI Group Secretariat
Equality, diversity and inclusivity sits at the core of what a University represents – the pursuit and translation of knowledge to better all of society without prejudice, and to reflect this in our own working practices by enabling and encouraging all to contribute regardless of their personal circumstances. I have been a long-time supporter of equality, diversity and inclusivity across previous institutions and am pleased to be able to continue this at Exeter.
Professor Richard Smith, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics
Ian has worked in Cornwall as a doctor since 1990 and for the Medical School ever since it first opened in the South West. He is interested in the use of IT in Medical Education, Medical Education, Global Health, and Event Medicine. He organises teams of medical students to help provide first aid care at Glastonbury Festival and supervises students visiting a medical School in Ethiopia where he helped establish a link. He is a trustee of a charity helping bringing freash water to the region in conjunction with the Red Cross.
Ian Fussell, Associate Dean Education
Sallie Lamb is an internationally recognised scholar in ageing, disability and rehabilitation. She is also an experienced methodologist in the area of clinical trials and high quality evaluation of health care practice.
Sallie has a strong commitment to improving the lives of older people through excellent research that answers difficult questions and can inform policy making and commissioning. She works to ensure research is translated into practice and to drive up the quality of methods and reporting used in medical research. Sallie has mentored and supervised many early career scientists, and is a strong advocate for team working and gender equality in the work place.
Vrinda joined the Medical School in 2013 and she teaches and supports students on BSc Medical Sciences, BMBS and BSc Medical Imaging programmes. She is a module lead, and is also Academic Tutor for students on BSc Medical Sciences and BSc Medical Imaging programmes. She is the Placement co-ordinator for BSc Medical Sciences and is involved in arranging summer work placements. She is also STEM Insight Champion for the Medical School and is involved in arranging visits from secondary school and college teachers to promote better understanding of career choice and undergraduate programmes and enabling them to support their students.
Dr Vrinda Nayak, Associate Academic Dean for Students (Racial Equality and Inclusion) and Senior Lecturer (E&S)
Musarrat Maisha Reza
I am so pleased to be on the EDI working group as the Race Equality Resource Officer for the college. In my academic leadership journey, I have garnered well-rounded expertise leading BAME networks, advising strategies on boards and writing policies for new academic programmes aligned with equality, diversity and inclusion in order to facilitate BAME student retention, progression and sense of belonging. I look forward to doing my part to empower BAME students and staff by bringing our voices to the table and working together to bring positive action for our college.
Dr Musarrat Maisha Reza, Race Equality Resource Officer & Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Education and Scholarship
I am a health geographer, researching the interconnections between environment, society and health. Much of my work has involved investigating the damaging impacts of social and environmental inequalities on people’s health and wellbeing, largely at national and international scales. I am keen to support Athena SWAN activities in the Medical School and more widely to try to help us move towards a more equitable and inclusive research and educational culture for all staff and students.
Dr Ben Wheeler, Senior Lecturer, European Centre for Environment & Human Health
Sarah Bell is a health geographer at the University of Exeter, with an interdisciplinary profile of research in the intersections between health, wellbeing, disability and the diverse and changing environments encountered through the life course. Sarah’s research is underpinned by a passion for qualitative methodological innovation, designing sensitive approaches that promote critical awareness of alternative ways of embodying and interpreting everyday geographies (including – but not limited to – those often described as ‘nature-based’). Sarah also brings this sensitivity to her teaching and engagement activities, and is delighted to have this opportunity to join the EDI Working Group.
I joined the EDI group as a representative for early career researchers, as I am a founder and co-chair of an early career researcher network in the college. I am also a Dignity and Respect advisor. I think it is important that EDI groups are fully representative, because otherwise they risk being seen as outlets for minority grievances and putting the burden for improvement on already disadvantaged people.
Dr Tristan Snowsill, Senior Research Fellow
I am an Associate Professor in Human Genetics and have raised my daughter as a single mum. Both roles are challenging, but at the same time extremely rewarding. I have benefitted from some inspirational mentors and role models during my career and I would like to use these positive experiences in my role as a representative for IBCS on the CMH Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Group.
Dr Anna Murray, Associate Professor in Human Genetics
I act as co-ordinator and facilitator for outreach work undertaken in line with the University of Exeter's commitment to widening participation in the College of Medicine and Health.
Caspian Robson, Widening Participation Coordinator
Dr Tudor Chinnah, Senior Lecturer (E&S), Human Anatomy and Medical Education and Senior Academic Tutor for International Students
I am a first generation graduate and have long worked and been an advocate for widening participation in a number of institutes. I lead a mature student strategy group that aims to make the University of Exeter an attractive place for mature students to study and to create a supportive environment when they are here. I am passionate about supporting and developing students and creating an environment that is inclusive.
Dr Samuel Pollard, Senior Lecturer in Medical Science and Senior Academic Tutor for Mature Students
Aimee is a Lecturer in Microbiology, having previously been a NERC Industrial Innovation Fellow.
As a first-gen graduate, post-graduate and woman in STEMM I am passionate about widening participation and attaining equality for all. I am also a member of the Cornwall EDI group and one of the early career reps for the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.
Dr Aimee Murray, Lecturer
Dr Jenny Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Public Health Research
Having begun my career in recruitment I naturally transitioned into a HR role, taking more of an interest in supporting individuals in the workplace and improving their working environment.
Claire Breading, HR Business Partner
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group meets every two months, and its members are either representative of particular roles, or are volunteers from particular areas within the College of Medicine and Health.
|Director of College Operations (EDI Group Co-Chair (Professional Services))||
|Executive Officer (EDI Group Secretariat)||
|Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor||
|Associate Dean Education||
|Associate Dean Research||
|Associate HR Business Partner||
|Widening Participation Coordinator||
|Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor||
|Race Equality Resources Officer||Musarrat Maisha Reza|
|Associate Academic Dean for Students (Racial Equality and Inclusion)||Vrinda Nayak|
|Senior Academic Tutor (International Students)||Tudor Chinnah|
|Senior Academic Tutor (Mature Students)||Sam Pollard|
|Early Career Researchers (IBCS)||
|Early Career Researchers (IHR)||
|Early Career Researchers (Cornwall)||Aimee Murray|
|Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Science||
|Institute of Health Research||
|Postgraduate Research Students representative||Kinan Al Mokbel|
Professional Services representative
Undergraduate Students representative
The role of the CMH Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group is to:
- Review the CMH organisational culture, to ensure that CMH is an inclusive environment for all staff and students.
- Consult with CMH staff and students to clarify viewpoints and gather feedback on a positive working culture and equal opportunities.
- Review existing processes and policies to identify where there are barriers or perceptions which hinder staff and students from reaching their full potential, and put solutions in place.
- Receive, consider, disseminate and respond to information about Equality, Diversity & Inclusion related issues and initiatives in the wider University, feeding into University EDI committees as appropriate.
- Develop SMART actions to improve procedures and practices with a view to overcoming barriers to fairness and equality of opportunities throughout CMH.
- Be accountable for the progress of the College’s Athena SWAN Action Plan and CMH BAME Charter, determining their impact and identifying new initiatives and actions to take them forward.
- Ensure synergies between the Athena SWAN Action Plan, BAME Charter and the Employee Engagement Survey Action Plan are identified.
- Learn from other national and international organisations promoting equality of opportunities in science and medicine, and share best practice.
- Oversee the planning and submission process for future CMH equality charter submissions and awards.
- Develop sub-groups as appropriate, to work on the delivery of specific actions.