Equality and Diversity Committee

Terms of Reference and Membership 2017-18


On behalf of Council, to maintain oversight of and provide advice on matters relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.


  1. Support the Council in executing the University Strategic Plan by taking account of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all its activity. 
  2. Provide leadership on the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and to monitor and review performance by implementing institutional action plans to ensure that policies are translated into clear programmes of action.
  3. Support Equality Action Groups to deliver activity on specific aspects of equality and diversity commissioning and receiving reports on activity.
  4. Consider and record the potential equality, diversity and inclusion impacts on decisions made by the Committee and the University (in accordance with the ‘due regard’ provisions of the Equality Act 2010).
  5. Contribute to the development of Equality, diversity and Inclusion policies and procedures and ensure that they are effectively disseminated and promoted.
  6. Ensure appropriate consultation and communication with all relevant groups in the University on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.


Committee members play a vital role in the oversight of the Universities Equality activities. Members are responsible for:
  1. Sharing their views and expertise with the Committee to ensure informed recommendations are made; 
  2. Undertaking relevant actions;
  3. Communicating and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion practices in their Colleges/areas; 
  4. Contributing to relevant sub groups; 
  5. Maintaining up to date knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion issues;  
  6. Shaping organisational and cultural change. 

Reports to

Council, as appropriate.

Constitution and Membership

a) a senior member of staff, who shall be designated by the President and Vice-Chancellor as Chair (Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)
b) HR Director (Kate Bradley)
c) a lay member of Council, nominated by Council (Vijay Sharma)
d) all four College and Professional Services Equality, Diversity and Inclusion portfolio holders:

Graham Martin, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Andrew Ellis, College of Science and Engineering

Henrietta O’Connor, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Liz Bailey, Professional Services

e) all four Equality Action Group Leads:

Saeeda Shah and Corinne Fowler, Race Equality Action Group Chair

Dave Clarke, LGBT Action Group Chair

Martin Mahaut-Smith, Disability Action Group Chair

f) Staff fora Representative (rotated)

g) one member from each of the three recognised trade unions, to be nominated by the relevant union committee:

Rashida Vora, UCU Representative

Will Pearson, UNISON Representative

Sulina Hendy, UNITE Representative

h) Students’ Union Representative (Mollie Henstock)

Duration of Appointment

(a), (b), (c) and (e) are ex-officio.  Members appointed under (d), (e), (f) and (g) shall serve for up to three years and shall be retired for at least one year before being eligible for re-appointment. 

In Attendance

a) The Head of EDI (Angie Pears)

b) Director of Human Resources or their nominated representatives (Kate Bradley)

c) The Academic Registrar or their nominated representatives

d) Director of Student Experience Division or their nominated representatives (Gill McIntyre)

e) The Staff Health and Wellbeing Lead (Nicola Junkin)


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, Human Resources

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee will normally meet 3 times in each academic year.


The quorum for the core Committee is 4 members.