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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

Working group

Our 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.

Member biographies

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))

Rachel Burn

Executive Officer (EDI Group Secretariat)

Sarah Downing

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor

Richard Smith

Associate Dean Education

Ian Fussell

Associate Dean Research

Sallie Lamb

Associate HR Business Partner

Claire Breading

Widening Participation Coordinator

Caspian Robson

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor

Lena Worwood

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
Cornwall representatives

Ben Wheeler

Sarah Bell

Early Career Researchers (IBCS)

Pia Leete

Early Career Researchers (IHR)

Tristan Snowsill

Early Career Researchers (Cornwall) Aimee Murray
Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Science

Anna Murray

Institute of Health Research

Jenny Lloyd

Postgraduate Research Students representative Kinan Al Mokbel

Professional Services representative


Undergraduate Students representative

Hunna Ihsan

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 and CMH BAME Charter, determining their impact and identifying new initiatives and actions to take them forward. 
  7. Ensure synergies between the Athena SWAN Action Plan, BAME Charter 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.