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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We're committed to providing an equal and fair working and learning environment.

Athena Swan Award

The School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences achieved Athena Swan Bronze status in October 2015.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences and Newcastle University both hold Athena Swan Silver status.

Newcastle University was recognised for its good employment practice and promotion of women in STEM subjects.

The Equality Challenge Unit manages the Athena SWAN Charter. The Unit is an advocate for equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education.

Also see Maternity and Student Leave and read about the University's support for student parents and mature students

Athena SWAN Award

Our Self Assessment Team

Our Equality and Fairness Self Assessment Team takes an inclusive approach. We consider all staff roles and undergraduate students.

The team develops good practice for Equality and Fairness in the School. It maintains and improves on our bronze level award.

The Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT) sits in the EDI groups within the School.

Since 2018, we have run two EDI groups. The Staff Facing Group concentrates on staff issues. The Student Facing Group concentrates on student issues.

Both groups include a core group of staff members.

Core Members

Dr Catherine Meplan: School EDI Lead

Dr Damian Parry:  Faculty EDI Lead

Professor Debbie Bevitt: Head of School

Dr Lindsey Ferrie: Degree Programme Director

Dr Alison Howard:  Senior Tutor

Mrs Kerry Grenfell:  EDI Administrator


Staff Facing Group

Dr Alison Gregory:  Technical Manager

Mrs Julie Alexander: Administrative Staff

Dr Owen Jeffries: Sport and Exercise Science

Dr Helen Mason:  Nutrition and Dietetics

Student Facing Group

Members of the student body are recruited annually.

This helps incorporate representatives from all stages and programs. It maximises diversity.

Students are recruited on a volunteer basis.

Student Facing Group


Both teams meet twice a year to monitor developments within the School, Faculty and University and to report on action plan progress.

EDI is a standing item on the agendas for the School’s weekly Teaching Meeting, Board of Studies, Students Staff Committee and other meetings.

Contact us

If you have any questions or suggestions or would like to get involved, contact Dr Catherine Meplan.