Institute of Health & Society

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Overview

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It is the role of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group to ensure that the Institute actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion among staff, students and the many other people who work with us.

Over time, a central feature of the EDI group’s work has involved promoting gender equality. In 2011, the Institute was the first academic unit at Newcastle University to achieve a silver Athena SWAN award. This level of award, renewed in November 2014, particularly acknowledges significant and sustained progression and achievement in promoting gender equality.

In 2018, IHS joined a submission for a Faculty Silver Athena SWAN award led by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The value placed on gender equality at Newcastle University is further reflected in the University’s Athena SWAN silver award. This national award, made in 2016, recognises good employment practice and the promotion of women working in science, engineering and technology.

Of course, equality, diversity and inclusion reaches beyond questions around gender equality. This is increasingly reflected in the wider University’s work on equality and diversity and in the activities of the Faculty EDI team.

In IHS, the EDI group seeks to contribute to all Institute strategies and policies to ensure that they encompass not only the characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010, but also take account of other sources of inequality.

Documents

In 2018, IHS was part of a submission for a Faculty Silver Athena SWAN award. This was led by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The FMS Diversity blog provides regular updates on the Athena SWAN application as well as details of other activities relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Find out more about our previous applications for Athena SWAN awards:

Silver Award renewal, 2014

Silver Award application, 2011

Who we are

Who we are

Dr Matthew Breckons
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7585

Dr Nicola Heslehurst
Lecturer in public health

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3823

Sarah Hill
Postgraduate Research Student

Sarah Kendall
Institute Operations Manager

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Telephone: 0191 208 7207

Dr James Lancaster
Strategic Projects Manager

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Telephone: +44 191 208 7389

Dr Amy O'Donnell
Faculty Fellow

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Telephone: +44 191 208 5696

Professor Judith Rankin
Prof Maternal & Perinatal Epidemiology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5267

Professor Thomas Scharf
Prof of Social Gerontology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5329

Brady Scott
HR Operations Administrator

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Telephone: 0191 208 7213

Zoe Thomas
Communications Manager

Terms of reference

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group has the following terms of reference:

  • To actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion among staff, students and other stakeholders within IHS
  • To identify, promote and share best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion within IHS
  • To formulate, monitor and review an action plan aimed at enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion within IHS
  • To consider and recommend policies and strategies to tackle equality, diversity and inclusion challenges both at Institute and Faculty level
  • To review and contribute to all IHS strategies and policies to ensure that they encompass the protected characteristics and, as appropriate, take account of other sources of inequality
  • To support training and capacity building within IHS to respond to the opportunities and challenges arising from a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion
  • To establish, as appropriate, working groups and task-and-finish groups, to meet requirements of the Institute’s equality, diversity and inclusion action plan
  • To monitor IHS performance within equality, diversity and inclusion against predetermined performance measures and report to Faculty EDI committee and IHS Executive Board
  • To receive Faculty updates on equality, diversity and inclusion activities
  • To respond, as appropriate, to Faculty requests for information relating to equality, diversity and inclusion issues
  • To engage with relevant internal and external networks and organisations in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion matters.

 (Revised 30 July 2018)