We are determined to make FASS a working and learning environment which is fair, diverse and inclusive in every respect. Along the way, we will ask ourselves and others the difficult questions that are needed, and do our utmost to answer them. We recognise that we have work to do and that there will currently be gaps. It will need input from everyone to achieve this, and we will always be pleased to hear from you, whether it is through your School/Department EDI Committees, any of the University processes or forums, or simply by contacting us directly.Bran Nicol, Interim Executive Dean of FASS and Ruth Gill, Director of Faculty Operations
Equality, diversity and inclusion in FASS
We are committed to:
- Taking a proactive approach to both celebrating and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
- Enabling everyone in our community to work and study in an environment of mutual respect and thereby supporting each other to fulfil our individual and collective aspirations.
We will champion equality, diversity and inclusion and ensure that our staff and students are treated fairly by taking a proactive approach, we can effect positive change by developing and supporting local ideas and initiatives into concrete actions and genuinely inclusive practices.
We will do this in the Faculty by:
- Promoting understanding and development by encouraging all staff to undertake University EDI training
- Challenging practices, processes, policies, ourselves and others openly and respectfully – to enable each one of us to be our authentic self at work
- Communicating our commitment and actions regularly and working in liaison with our School and Department EDI committees and the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum
- Enabling everyone within our community to be accountable for equality diversity and inclusion.
The Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (FEDIC) reports to the Faculty Executive Board.
FEDIC members embrace the challenge of making a positive difference to the culture of the Faculty and will work together to deliver focused actions to improve the experiences and perceptions of our diverse community.
The committee will take action to embed equality and diversity in the policies and day-to-day business of the Faculty by:
- Identifying and advising on priorities for equality and diversity
- Responding to issues raised by the School and Department EDI committees, and by the Faculty EDI staff forum
- Commissioning strategic pieces of work that enable the Faculty to fulfil its responsibilities relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Gathering evidence and developing measurements of success
- Delegating specific actions to schools and departments and identifying relevant process levers to ensure consistency of approach.
- Empowering all members of the Faculty through providing the policies and environment to report on and improve performance.
- Ensuring transparency and awareness of the Faculty’s equality and diversity activities, disseminating best practice, and celebrating success, through various communication tools.
Our framework and terms of reference
All schools and departments in the Faculty have an equality, diversity and inclusion committee whose chair sits on the FEDIC. If you would like to get involved in the work of the committees, please contact the chair.
We also have a Faculty EDI forum, which is an informal staff only group. The forum meets 3-4 times a year and reports into the FEDIC. The forum is for anyone who is interested in EDI and wishes to contribute to Faculty EDI activities or ideas. If you’d like to get involved, please e-mail Milda Balse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Get in touch
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Dr Chris Mark, Head of Department
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Professor Amelia Hadfield, Head of Department
Department of Sociology
Professor Karen Bullock, Deputy Head of Sociology Department
Guildford School of Acting
Dr Catherine McNamara, Head of Guildford School of Acting (GSA)
School of Economics
Professor Maurizio Zanardi, Head of School
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Professor Iis Tussyadiah, Head of School
School of Law
Dr Vickie Thanapal, Director of Learning and Teaching
School of Literature and Languages
Professor Diane Watt
Surrey Business School
Dr YingFei Héliot
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