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The Diversity and Inclusion Team

Creating an inclusive environment is everyone's responsibility, but we also have a Diversity and Inclusion Team that provides co-ordination and support for the D&I efforts of staff and students across Reading.

Leading the team is Allán Laville, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Allán provides direction and encouragement on diversity and inclusion and report directly to the University Executive Board.

The team also works in partnership with the Reading University Students' Union, and the Student and Academic Services team leads the majority of student-focused diversity work.

Meet the team

Dr Allán Laville

Allán is Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. Until recently he has Co-chaired of the LGBT+ Staff Network. He is the Deputy Co-Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training Committee and the 2019 recipient of the RUSU Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence. Allán is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望

Nozomi is the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisor. Her research and work in championing representation began in her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Reading and inspired her work as the elected Diversity Officer 2018/19 at Reading University Students’ Union. Her filmmaking, campaigning and active commitment to challenging discrimination and prejudice has seen her involvement in D&I initiatives across a multitude of platforms. Now, as a part of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Team, Nozomi continues to drive key initiatives that aim to create a more inclusive working and learning environment.

Hatty Taylor

Hatty is passionate about inclusion and thrives in diverse environments. Their professional life began in developing and improving community inclusion initiatives, particularly within community-led organisations in Reading. Working in homelessness prevention, they were able to advance LGBT+ and BAME inclusion within homelessness prevention services around Reading. She also focused on enabling those who had disabilities to access opportunities in the wider community, by improving accessibility and working with senior leadership to offer equitable adjustments. 

Now she is working with the central D&I team, building on the diversity and inclusion initiatives, and advocating for change in the identified priority areas at the University of Reading. Hatty also loves to get involved with community initiatives and is an active member of the University’s Community Action Partnership. In their spare time, they are studying for a Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy and volunteer as a member of the Reading Pride Committee.

Susan Thornton

Susan is the University's Assistant Director HR (People & Talent). She has specialised in learning and development for over 20 years and has experience designing and facilitating a range of diversity and inclusion development solutions. In her current role, Susan is the University’s Aurora Champion and leads on provision of diversity leadership programmes.

Dr Paddy Woodman

Paddy is Director of Student Success and Engagement and has a particular remit for widening participation and diversity and inclusion among students. Paddy has worked in teaching, learning and student support since the mid-1990s, including a five-year term as Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning. Paddy is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow (2015).