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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 Dr 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

As Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr Allán Laville is expected to play a leading role in supporting a culture of diverse representation of staff at all levels of the institution – identifying opportunities for the University to benefit from diversity and inclusion initiatives across a broad spectrum of activities. He also oversees the management of all submissions for recognition and/or accreditation for a range of diversity and inclusion indicators (e.g. Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter Mark, Stonewall Champion, Disability Confident Scheme).

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.

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.