The Equality Act was introduced to make UK organisations (especially public authorities such as Universities) more transparent as well as try to harmonise the various current equality strands into one single piece of legislation.

The Act proposed a general public equality duty on public authorities. Universities, as well as the funding councils, are subject to this duty. It replaced the three existing duties (relating to race, gender, disability) with a single duty covering the protected characteristics of race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

The duty requires HEIs to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation. 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. 
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The College’s Equality & Diversity Committee (EDC) was established over five years ago and oversees all aspects of equality and provides annual reports for the College Executive Committee and College Council. The Committee is made up of representatives from each department, who are named Equality and Diversity Champions with the remit to drive forward the equality and diversity agenda at the College. Each Champion is working with their department to produce a departmental Equality and Diversity Action Plan based on the requirements set out in the Athena SWAN Action Plan and the College Equality Objectives and Action Plan. For further information please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Ferhat Nazir-Bhatti.

Equality and Diversity Champions

Name Department  Equality and Diversity Role
Christine Thuranira-McKeever Pathobiology and Population Science Chair
Ferhat Nazir-Bhatti Professional Services Directorate - Human Resources Secretary
Rebecca Costello  Professional Services Directorate - Human Resources Departmental Champion
Lisa Haycock Professional Services Directorate - External Relations Departmental Champion
Sonja Jeckel Pathobiology and Population Science Departmental Champion
Madeline Campbell Pathobiology and Population Science Departmental Champion
Sarah Hellens Clinical Science and Services  Departmental Champion
Daniel Ngugi  Pathobiology and Population Science Departmental Champion
Donald Palmer Comparative Biomedical Sciences  Departmental Champion
Caroline Pellet-Many Comparative Biomedical Sciences  Departmental Champion
Charlotte Lawson Comparative Biomedical Sciences  Departmental Champion
Michele Milner Professional Services Directorate - Learning and Wellbeing  Departmental Champion
Jon Parry Professional Services Directorate -  Widening Participation / Trade Union Departmental Champion
Derek Mills Professional Services Directorate - Infrastructure Services / Trade Union Departmental Champion
Dave Sherlock-Jones Students Union Departmental Champion
Carole Brendish Finance  Departmental Champion
Karen Humm Clinical Science and Services Departmental Champion
Andy Marshall - Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor Professional Services Directorate - Chaplaincy Departmental Champion
Androniki Psifidi Clinical Science and Services Departmental Champion
Jackie Cardwell Pathobiology and Population Science Departmental Champion
Matthew Grigson Professional Services Directorate - Secretariat Departmental Champion
Claire Vinten Clinical Science and Services Departmental Champion
Hayley Carne Clinical Science and Services Departmental Champion
Brianna Smith  Clinical Science and Services Departmental Champion
Ruth Goodwin RVC Business  Departmental Champion
Anna Riddle RVC Business  Departmental Champion
Robert Abayasekara Comparative Biomedical Sciences  Departmental Champion
Elizabeth Jane Tessa Finding Researchers Association Departmental Champion
Hasita Dodhia Students Union - Equality and Diversity Officer  Departmental Champion
Benjamin Blowers  Students Union - Equality and Diversity Officer  Departmental Champion

Equality Policies

The College has developed the following Equality Policies:

Dignity at Work

It is the intention of The Royal Veterinary College to provide a working and learning environment which promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of College life and activity, and to be a community which is safe, supportive and free of intimidation, bullying or harassment.

The Dignity at Work policy applies to all employees and students of the College and they are expected to comply with it. Its purpose is to:

  • Promote an ethos and culture that is inclusive and safeguards the dignity and well-being of everyone
  • Create a climate in which harassment and bullying are unacceptable behaviours which will not be tolerated
  • Give individuals the confidence that any concerns they may have will be considered fairly and appropriately and that complaints can be brought in good faith without fear of detriment 

Employees, students, visitors, consultants, clients and contractors to the College should be treated with courtesy, fairness and respect and are expected to treat others in the same way. This policy applies to all College premises, and all College Employees and Students working at other premises. Click this link to read the full Dignity at Work policy.

Dignity at Work Ambassadors

Dignity at Work Ambassadors are members of staff from different parts of RVC. They have been trained to offer informal support and information to anyone at work who feels they have been inappropriately treated, bullied, or harassed, whether this is by a peer, someone junior to them, or someone senior to them.

Refer to the Dignity at Work Policy for further information which is available on the RVC intranet. Alternatively you can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Ferhat Nazir-Bhatti: fnazirbhattit@rvc.ac.uk

Name Department Campus
Ian Smith Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Nicola Read Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Sally Burton Professional Services Directorate Hawkshead
Karen Humm Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Holly Smith Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Laura Thorpe Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Emma Stansfield Clinical Science and Services Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital 
Daniel Ngugi Pathobiology and Population Science Hawkshead
Sarah Hellens Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Natalie Hubble Professional Services Directorate Hawkshead
Claire Vinten Clinical Science and Services Hawkshead
Caroline Pellet-Many Comparative Biomedical Sciences  Camden
Naomi Groffman RVC Business Camden
Tom Moody Professional Services Directorate Camden
Rebecca Wombwell Professional Services Directorate Camden

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