Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor Jeremy Gregory, Pro- Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Jeremy GregoryI am committed to nurturing a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students in the faculty. I was on the committee overseeing the university's successful institutional Athena SWAN (Silver) submission (2017) and our pending Gold submission (2023), and contributed to our successful Race Equality Charter (Bronze) submission (2021). I am proud of the work the faculty has done to decolonise and diversity its curriculum.

I have worked to demystify and make more transparent the university's promotions process to colleagues and have encouraged more women and more colleagues on the Teaching and Curriculum Leadership pathway to apply. I have been delighted to see that over the last five years we have been able to make a real difference (improving the gender balance for promotion to all levels, and a number of colleagues promoted to full T&CL professorships).

When I joined Nottingham, all the portraits in the university's principal meeting rooms were of (dead) white men. I instigated and led on a project which has replaced those with photographic portraits more representative of our community, including living women who have made an impact on the university (including estates and technician colleagues as well as academics and alumni) and international colleagues. These have been very well received and I have been pleased to hear from colleagues who say they now feel more connected to the university when in those spaces. I have learned that some quite small interventions can make a large difference.

Part of fostering a diverse and inclusive community is to widen the number of colleagues involved in decision-making. I bring to the role a deep interest in developing leadership within the faculty and in fostering a values-driven workplace. I encourage decision-making to be as agile as possible, and encourage openness, transparency, and empowerment. I seek to advance a truly inclusive environment, celebrating success, and finding ways of making colleagues feel part of a single community.

I look forward to working with the Faculty EDI Committee to further our objectives.



Ashley Collins, Faculty EDI Manager

Ashley Collins

I'm delighted to be EDI Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences for this year. I'm keen to help the faculty go from strength to strength in all matters EDI, working on local priorities and to meet the institutional EDI priorities for this academic year.

My role is to support and coordinate EDI activity and initiatives across the faculty working to share best practice and to work in partnership with the rest of the university to ensure a flow of communication and support.

With the faculty's Decolonising the Curriculum project having recently received a Lord Dearing Award for its outstanding achievements, I'm very much looking forward to getting involved with this work and ensuring its university-wide impact.

I have a background in psychology and neuroscience research, meaning I'm keen to have a data-driven and people-focused approach to this work. It was through studying these topics, and particularly while studying my MSc in Computational Neuroscience at University of Nottingham, that I discovered my passion for EDI work.

As a person with a disability and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I'm conscious of the ways in which intersectionality can influence lived experiences and believe this is a key part of EDI work. However, EDI is everyone's business, and engaging the wider community in this work is a focus of mine for this year.


Dr Michelle Stirk, Faculty Director of EDI 

Michelle Stirk

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