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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.
Through my work I see many staff profiles and CVs belonging to those applying for jobs or research grant funding. On numerous occasions I have observed that female profiles often far exceed their current position especially when compared to male counterparts - who often have a higher position or higher salary. I wish to see women having greater confidence to aim higher, negotiate more strongly and be recognised more explicitly for their contributions to academia. Being involved in Athena SWAN is one way to support this equality agenda.
Professor Sarah Dean, Associate Professor
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. Her role is to ensure the College's professional services directly support the College and University's strategies in the delivery of outstanding and world leading education and research.
Rachel Burn, Director of College Operations and E&D Group Co-Chair
I was delighted when the Medical School 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 Equality & Diversity 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 activities that will take us further in the future.
Sarah Downing, Executive Officer and E&D 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, and E&D Group Co-Chair
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, Interim Vice Dean Education
Angela Shore is Vice Dean for Research, Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, Scientific Director of the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility and leader of the Vascular Medicine Research group. She is married with two teenage children.
Professor Angela Shore, Vice Dean for Research, Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, Scientific Director of the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility and leader of the Vascular Medicine Research group.
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, Lecturer (E&S)
I have been aware of issues surrounding equality of opportunities for many years, but have not had the chance to actively influence practice and policies. I see the Equality & Diversity group as a robust process to achieving its goal of gender equality at work and, as a parent and a scientist-educator, am very happy to be involved in this process. “Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” (Frances Wright, lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer.)
Professor Reza Zamani, Programme Director, Medical Sciences
Chris joined UEMS in August 2017. He is a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer and has developed a high profile career to encompass academic, clinical, and commercial settings. His primary research theme is decision making, particularly image interpretation, and is the creator of RadBench®
Dr Chris Wright, Senior Lecturer (E&R)
Dorothea Seiler Vellame
I am a PhD student focusing on aging in the brain. My role includes feeding back any equality and diversity related issues that other PhD students are dealing with back to the group. I am glad to be a part of the group as it is important to me that people from all walks of life should have equal opportunities within academia.
Dorothea Seiler Vellame, Postgraduate Research Representative
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 Research Fellow, European Centre for Environment & Human Health
I am a lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in Truro and I am the UEMS representative of the Cornwall Inclusivity Group. I recently took on the co-lead for our MSc in Environment and Human Health, and also manage early career research fellows and supervise PhD students. Flexibility around caregiving roles and accessibility of buildings and spaces are only a few of the challenges that still seem to require much needed attention and creative solutions. It seems vital to create diverse research and teaching environments that respect and support underrepresented groups in academia and their wellbeing and careers.
Dr Cornelia Guell, Lecturer (E&R), European Centre for Environment & Human Health
I am a senior lecturer in genetics and a single mum to a 14 year old daughter. Both roles are challenging, but at the same time extremely rewarding. The gender imbalance among senior academics has complex aetiology and we need to find creative solutions to redress that imbalance. 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 Athena Swan Working Group.
Dr Anna Murray, Senior Lecturer
I joined the E&D 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 E&D 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, Research Fellow
Dr Pia Leete, Associate Research Fellow
Cecilia Manosa Nyblon
Cecilia worked as an anthropologist/archaeologist educator in Uruguay, the USA and Panama before moving to Exeter. She was appointed as CPD Programme Officer at the University of Exeter Medical School in 2013 and is now Education and Skills Partnership Development Manager (IIB).
Cecilia Mañosa Nyblon, Education and Skills Partnership Development Manager
Equality and Diversity Group
The E&D Group meets every month, and its members are either representative of particular roles, or are volunteers from particular areas within the College of Medicine and Health.
|Co-Chair (Professional Services)||
|Vice Dean (Education)||
|Vice Dean (Research)||
|BMBS Medicine Representative||
|Medical Sciences Representative||
|Medical Imaging Representative||
|Postgraduate Research Representative||
Dorothea Seiler Vellame
|IHR (Cornwall) Representative||
|Cornwall Inclusivity Group Representative||
|Early Career Research Representative (IHR)||
|Early Career Research Representative (IBCS)||
|Professional Services Representative||
Cecilia Manosa Nyblon
|Human Resources Representative||
|Research Career Path Representative||
|Race Equality Group Representative||
The UEMS Equality & Diversity Group aims to:
- Monitor the progress of the College’s Athena SWAN Action Plan, determine the impact of the Action Plan and identify new initiatives and actions to take the Action Plan forward.
- Disseminate information about Equality & Diversity, and Athena SWAN, throughout UEMS and liaise with other STEM/M colleges and the wider University on the actions the UEMS E&D Group is taking. Receive, consider and respond to information about Equality & Diversity related issues and initiatives in other University of Exeter STEM/M colleges, as well as University wide issues and initiatives.
- Review the UEMS organisational working culture, to ensure that UEMS is an inclusive environment for all staff and students.
- Review existing processes and policies to identify where there are barriers or perceptions which hinder students and staff from reaching their full potential, and put solutions in place. In particular, the Group will encourage and empower students and staff to further their work and careers by increasing applications for promotion and research/education awards.
- Consult with UEMS students and staff to clarify viewpoints and gather feedback on equal opportunities, fair career progression and related issues.
- Learn from other national and international organisations promoting equality of opportunities in science, and share best practice.
- Develop SMART action plans to improve procedures and practices with a view to overcoming barriers to fairness and equality of opportunities throughout UEMS.
- Oversee the planning and submission process for future UEMS Athena SWAN submissions and awards.
- Develop sub-groups as appropriate. These include but are not limited to:
- Mentoring Sub-Group
- Student Sub-Group