Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Date of establishment

  • September 2019

Chair and administrative support

  • Chair: Jo-Anne Murray, Vice-Principal (Education)
  • Clerk: Human Resources


The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for the strategic direction of all Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities supporting the Aberdeen 2040 strategy.

The Committee will champion equality, diversity and inclusion for staff and students and will promote an Inclusive culture.


  1. To oversee and be accountable for the University’s Strategy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for staff and students;
  2. To progress the advancement of equality, diversity and inclusion across the University;
  3. To review and develop appropriate policies and procedures related to diversity and inclusion;
  4. To consider, recognise, and take action to address the needs and challenges of staff and students who identify with legally protected characteristic groups and wider identities associated with equality, diversity and inclusion work;
  5. To ensure that legal and regulatory requirements in relation to diversity and inclusion are met;
  6. To oversee the University’s progress in the implementation of the Athena Swan Charter and other equality charter marks, for example the Race Equality Charter, where appropriate;
  7. To act as the self-assessment team (SAT) for the institutional Athena Swan submissions and with SMT approve final submissions;
  8. To engage with internal and external equality groups to ensure the views of all groups are recognised;
  9. To support School EDICs in their work by providing regular updates and a summary of EDIC meeting business to School EDI Leads;
  10. To oversee the work of groups established by the Committee as appropriate;
  11. To develop and be mindful of an approach which recognises intersectionality.

Committee Governance

  • The Committee will report to SMT
  • The Committee will meet at least four times during the academic year
  • The Committee will have the discretion to create sub-groups if required
Composition and Membership



Jo-Anne Murray Chair
Janine Chalmers Head of Organisational Development
Nicholas Forsyth Vice-Principal Research
Tracey Slaven University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Debbie Dyker/Nick Edwards Directorate of People*
Jennifer Phillips Head of Communications
Eleonora Belfiore Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
Jason Bohan Dean of Student Support
Vanessa Mabonso Nzolo AUSA Student President
Ainhoa Burgos Aguilera AUSA Vice President for Communities
Ozymandias Bohl AUSA Forum representative

Lucy Derry

Rebecca Rodger-Jones

Co-chairs** of the Staff and PG Student LGBTQ+ Network

Mark Paterson


Co-chairs** of the Staff Disability Network

Clemence O’Connor

Nic Stokes 

Co-chairs** of the Parents and Carers Network
Ritu Vij Co-chair of the Race Equality Network
Linda Engles Chair of the Menopause Network
Marion Malcolm Chair of the Women’s Development Network
Siladitya Bhattacharya Head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Asha Venkatesh School EDI Lead representative
Ekaterina Pavlovskaia Gender Equality Steering Group representative

Maria-Grazia Cascio

Clare Matysova (Clerk)

Senior EDI Partners

Abeer Eladany

Alysia Reid

Ruth Slater

Campus Trades Union representation

TBC Head of Human Resources
Marylee Anderson Student Support Representative and Chaplain to the University
Karen Scaife Wellbeing and Engagement Manager
Morag Beers Estates and Facilities Representative

*One representative will attend each meeting

**Co-chairs of Staff Equality Networks will attend meetings of EDIC on a rotational basis

Agendas and minutes


2021 - 2023



2021 - 2022