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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 are Ellie Highwood and Simon Chandler-Wilde, who job-share the role of Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Ellie and Simon provide 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

Professor Simon Chandler-Wilde

Simon is a Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. As Head of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (2010 to 2015), Simon was proud to oversee many equality-related actions, including Athena SWAN Silver awards.

Professor Ellie Highwood

Ellie is a Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as a Professor of Climate Physics in the Department of Meteorology, and has worked part-time since 2007 when the first of her two sons was born. Ellie is also President of the Royal Meteorological Society and serves as a STEM ambassador working to promote science in schools and the wider community.

Yasmin Ahmed

Yasmin is the University's Diversity and Inclusion Adviser. As an HR and diversity and inclusion specialist, she has cross-sector experience of working with stakeholders such as executive leads, senior managers, employees and customer groups to continuously improve diversity and inclusion policy and practice.

Alison Hackett

Alison is the University's Assistant Director HR (People & Talent). She has worked in HR for all of her career, with a focus on developing organisations and individuals. Diversity and inclusion has always been a key part of this. Prior to working at the University, Alison has worked in local government, further education and the utilities sectors.

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).

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