Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Date of establishment

  • September 2019

Chair and administrative support

  • Chair: Senior Vice-Principal
  • 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 ensure that all of the legally protected characteristics (as well as mental health and widening participation) are considered;
  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 via SMT to the Policy and Resources Committee
  • 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



Karl Leydecker Senior Vice-Principal (Chair)
Janine Chalmers HR Manager (Specialist Services) (Clerk)
Ruth Taylor Vice-Principal Education
Marion Campbell Vice-Principal Research
Tracey Slaven University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Debbie Dyker Director of People
Jenny Fernandes Director of External Relations
Eleonora Belfiore Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
Jennifer Phillips     Head of Communications
Abbe Brown Dean of Student Support
Asha Venkatesh School EDI Lead representative
Alisa Koester AUSA Student President
Camilo Torres-Barragan AUSA Vice President for Communities
Azhar Tarbhai UG Student representative 
Laura Ong PGT Student representative

Ian Robotham

Rebecca Rodger-Jones

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

David Hutchison

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
Marion Malcolm Chair of the Women’s Development Network
Siladitya Bhattacharya Head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Rhiannon Thompson

Maria-Grazia Cascio

Senior EDI Partners

Laura Benvie

Alysia Reid

Ruth Slater

Owen Cox

Campus Trades Union representation

Nick Edwards Acting Deputy Director of People and Head of Student Support
TBC Head of Human Resources
Marylee Anderson Student Support Representative and Chaplain to the University
Karen Scaife Student Engagement Manager
Ali Lumsden Co-opted Member
Ceit Mackintosh EDI Graduate Trainee (In attendance)

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


Agendas and minutes