Statutory Bodies and Committees

Equality and Diversity Committee

The Equality and Diversity Committee is responsible to Council and Senate for the promotion of equality of opportunity across the University.  The Committee has the Equality and Diversity Network as a sub-committee

Secretary to the Committee: If you would like further information about the work of the Equality and Diversity Committee, please contact Caroline Harris, ext 4141.

Committee members

Terms of office expire on 31st July in the year stated.

Mark Humphriss Chair, University Secretary ex-officio
Richard Brooks Director of Human Resources  ex-officio
Anthony Payne Director of Student Services  ex-officio
Adalgisa Giorgio Chair, Equality and Diversity Network ex-officio
Mike Nicholson Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach ex-officio
Ben Davies SU President  ex-officio
Ben Palmer SU Community Officer  ex-officio
Ruby McGregor-Smith Lay Member appointed by Council  2020
Marion Harney Member appointed by Senate 2020
Charareh Pourzand Member Appointed by the Equality and Diversity Network 2019
Mandy Wilson-Garner Member nominated by the Students' Union  2020
Bing Dai Elected student representative 2018
Zeid Truscott Elected student representative 2018

Elected staff representatives:

Paula Kover Education and Research 2018
Jessica Otterwell Management, Specialist and Administration  2018
David Surgenor Technical and Experimental 2018
Vacancy Operational and Facilities Support 2018


In attendance:

Georgina Brown Equality and Diversity Manager  
Annette Hayton Head of Widening Participation  



  1. The term of office for elected and appointed members is three years (renewable), except that for students it is one year (renewable).
  2. Up to three co-opted members are permitted, sought on the basis of their expertise in the area and may include members to the University.

Terms of Reference

Approved by Executive Committee 7th July 2005, revised by Council 29th June 2006 wef 1st August 2006.

  1. Formulating and recommending University policies and procedures relating to Equality and diversity to Senate and Council.
  2. Overseeing the formulation of institutional action plans to ensure that Equality and diversity policies are effectively translated into programmes of action.
  3. Advising the relevant University decision-making bodies and officers:
       i. on strategic policy developments relating to Equality and diversity, their integration into the University’s overall strategic plans and on their implementation;
      ii. the desirability and priority of actions relating Equality and diversity which have resource implications.
  4. Encouraging and assisting departments in the effective integration and implementation of University Equality and diversity policies and procedures.
  5. Establishing project groups as required to investigate, report on and implement work on specific dimensions of equality and diversity issues.
  6. Maintaining under review and, where necessary, proposing revision to University policies, procedures and plans relating to Equality and Diversity.
  7. Monitoring and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the University's Equality and diversity policy, procedures and plans.
  8. Keeping under review all areas of University practice in regard to Equality and diversity.
  9. Ensuring University Equality and diversity policies and procedures are effectively disseminated and promoted.
  10. Maintaining appropriate consultation and communication routes with all relevant groups in the University and with external bodies in pursuance of the terms of reference of the committee.

Procedural Rules

Appointment of Chair: Deputy Vice-Chancellor or a Pro-Vice-Chancellor nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
Co-options: Council Standing Orders 16(iv) and 16(v).  There is provision for up to three co-opted members, sought on the basis of their expertise in the area, who may include members external to the University.
Alternates: Council Standing Order 17(iii).
Quorum: One third of the membership (Council Standing Order 16(vii).
Rules for voting: None specified.
Minutes: Submitted to Council, Senate and Equality and Diversity Network.