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Wellbeing, equality and diversity committee – University of Reading

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Wellbeing, equality and diversity committee

The mission of our Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity Committee is to provide a diverse community of staff and students, and strives to ensure that everyone is able to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that enables all staff and students to succeed independently of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristics (Equality and Diversity Act 2010). We are also dedicated to improving the working environment to safeguard physical and mental wellbeing. We will measure our success on an annual basis through data collection and surveys, and communicate our findings to the School. This will inform our future priorities for action, and ensure that these priorities are embedded in School policy and practice, and align with the University wellbeing, equality and diversity policies and objectives.

Committee members

  • Head of School and Committee Champion- Dr Nick Branch
  • Head of Department GES- Dr Steve Musson
  • Head of Department Archaeology - Dr John Creighton
  • Executive Administration Manager - Heather Browning
  • SAGES Equality Officer and Committee Champion -Dr Hilary Geoghegan
  • Academic Staff Representative GES- Dr Ruth Evans
  • Academic Staff Representative Archaeology- Dr Wendy Matthews
  • Researcher Representative GES- Dr Macarena Cardenas
  • Researcher Representative Archaeology - Dr Cathie Barnett
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies- Dr Kevin White
  • Postgraduate Representative GES- Phil Coventry
  • Postgraduate Representative Archaeology- Claire Nolan
  • Administrative Representative - Josie Handley and Sue Beasley

Terms of reference

  • Assess the School's position in relation to Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity principles
  • To represent the wellbeing of all staff groups (academic, administrative, technical, researcher)
  • To enhance opportunities for development for individuals and groups
  • To increase engagement with relevant University and School strategic aims
  • To embed issues of equality within our working practices
  • To improve social cohesion across the School
  • To hold one meeting per term to discuss and implement these actions


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