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New roles champion equality, diversity and inclusion


The University has appointed four Associate Deans for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to drive forward the University's vision as "a world of inclusion and equality of opportunity where people want to, and can, make a difference."

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Shirley Congdon, said: “The University of Bradford is committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

“These new Associate Deans will work with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) to drive strategic change across the University to support the delivery of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion vision and strategy, ensuring the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are fully embedded in each Faculty.”

They will help staff and students develop a culture in which equality of opportunity grows from the recognition that diversity is a strength that supports openness and inclusion.   

The new Associate Deans for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are Dr Jack Lopez, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences; Dr Humaira Khan, Faculty of Life Sciences; Dr Elaine Brown, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and Dr Fiona Meddings, Faculty of Health Studies.

Professor Udy Archibong, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) said: “I welcome these appointments which will help strengthen our positive EDI journey to make our institution a place in which everyone feels they belong and can make a difference. I look forward to working with the new Associate Deans to implement the University’s EDI sub-strategy and drive the change needed to nurture the University’s values.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are major factors within Higher Education policy and a strategic priority for the University. The University of Bradford has an outstanding reputation for EDI, with recognition as the Times and Sunday Times’ University of the Year for Social Inclusion in 2020 and through a number of equality charter marks, such as Athena Swan Bronze awards at Institutional and faculty levels, and Disability Confident Level 2.

The new Associate Deans for Equality Diversity and Inclusion will start on 1 April.