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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Engineering is about ingenuity - and we believe that we can only achieve this with the skills and input of a diverse group of staff and students.

EDI vision

Newcastle University School of Engineering is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, where all members of our engineering community are treated with dignity and have equal access to opportunities to succeed and reach their potential.

Meet the EDI team

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations and long-term ambitions.

Mark Geoghegan (Director of EDI) 

John Mangan (Deputy Director of Discipline - Mech and Marine) 

Katarina Novakovic (Deputy Director of Discipline - Chemical)

Peter Clarke (Deputy Director of Discipline - Civils & Geo)  

Martin Johnston (Deputy Director of Discipline - EEE) 

Jenny Conn (Operations Manager & EDI Coordinator) 

Lisa Riddle (Education Manager - Deputy School Manager)

Nigel Russell-Sewell (Education Manager - Education Reform)

James Goodyear (Technical Representative)  

Eleanor Farrington (SAgE Faculty EDI Adviser)  

Rebecca Bolton (EDI Administrative Support)

Athena SWAN

As a University, Faculty, and School, we have a strong track record in the Athena SWAN scheme. Athena SWAN advances gender equality with representation, progression and success for all. The School of Engineering was granted a Bronze award in March 2024.

EDI committee

Our EDI Committee works to:

  • Ensure that the School creates a learning community which values and fosters equality, diversity and inclusiveness
  • Provide a forum for staff or students to raise any equality, diversity or inclusion issues in a transparent manner and to ensure consultation with people who have protected characteristics
  • Consider and review implementation of University, Faculty and School policies and procedures relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We work to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities in study and in employment with us, with particular focus on those with any protected charactistics. The characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Newcastle University Student Union also works hard to offer additional help support and information for marginalised or underrepresented groups in the student population.

Engineering is about ingenuity - we can only achieve this if we have the skills and input of a diverse group of staff and students.