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Athena SWAN Silver Logo (April 2019)

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver department award.

Equality & Diversity Group

The College of Medicine & Health's Equality & Diversity Group (E&D Group) was established in August 2012 in parallel with the new Medical School being created, and was formally known as the Athena SWAN Working Group.  

Member biographies

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group

The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) 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.

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (current Co-Chair (Academic))

Richard Smith

Director of College Operations (current Co-Chair (Professional Services))

Rachel Burn

Executive Officer (Secretariat)

Sarah Downing

Associate Dean Education

Ian Fussell

Associate Dean Research

Paul Francis

BMBS Medicine Representative

Vrinda Nayak

Senior HR Business Partner

Katharine Harris

Widening Participation

Charlotte Robson

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor

Tom Caro

BMBS Vrinda Nayak
Cornwall Aimee Murray

Ben Wheeler

Conny Guell
Early Career Researchers (IBCS)

Pia Leete

Early Career Researchers (IHR)

Tristan Snowsill

Education & Scholarship Job Family Tudor Chinnah

Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Science

Anna Murray

Institute of Health Research

Sarah Dean

Medical Imaging


Medical Sciences

Reza Zamani

Postgraduate Research Students

Dorothea Seiller Vellame

Charli Stoneman

Anastasia Kovalenko

Postgraduate Taught Students


Professional Services

Cecilia Mañosa Nyblon

Research-only Job Family

Jenny Lloyd

Undergraduate students

Becky Bates

Daniel Raison

The role of the CMH Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group is to:

  1. Review the CMH organisational culture, to ensure that CMH is an inclusive environment for all staff and students.
  2. Consult with CMH staff and students to clarify viewpoints and gather feedback on a positive working culture and equal opportunities.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Develop SMART actions to improve procedures and practices with a view to overcoming barriers to fairness and equality of opportunities throughout CMH.
  6. Be accountable for the progress of the College’s Athena SWAN Action Plan, determining the impact of the Action Plan and identifying new initiatives and actions to take the Action Plan forward.  Certain members will also act as theme leads for the Action Plan.
  7. Ensure synergies between the Athena SWAN Action Plan and the Employee Engagement Survey Action Plan are identified.
  8. Learn from other national and international organisations promoting equality of opportunities in science and medicine, and share best practice.
  9. Oversee the planning and submission process for future CMH equality charter submissions and awards.
  10. Develop sub-groups as appropriate, to work on the delivery of specific actions.