Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of Literature and Languages is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and the advancement of anti-discriminatory practices in relation to all aspects of teaching and research. We believe that the study of languages, linguistics, literatures, creative writing and translation should be open to all.


Equality, diversity and inclusion in the School of Literature and Languages shares the University of Surrey’s commitment to:

  • Equal opportunities
  • A diverse and inclusive culture 
  • Eradicating discrimination 
  • Eliminating harassment and bullying.

This applies to staff, students, alumni and everyone associated with the School, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

EDI Committee

The EDI Committee identifies, discusses and progresses equality, diversity and inclusivity issues within the School, its research, and the curricula. It organises training events and shares best practice.


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Professor Diane Watt

Professor in English and Creative Writing


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Dr Liz Bahs

Lecturer in Creative Writing and Programme Director for BA English Literature with Creative Writing

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Dr Oliver Bond

Reader in Linguistics

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Dr Gabriele Lazzari

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

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Dr Lena Mattheis

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

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Dr Amy Morgan

Lecturer in Medieval Literature

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Shihong Turner

Lecturer in Chinese


Deborah Davies

Postgraduate Research Student

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Frances Hallam

Postgraduate Research Student

Juwayriyah Hussain

Undergraduate Student

Stephen Newell

Postgraduate Research Student

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Beth Roberts

Postgraduate Research Student

What we have done

Since 2020, we have been working on making the School of Literature and Languages more diverse and inclusive. So far we have:

  • Set up a working group on 'Further Decolonizing the Curriculum' which includes student focus groups
  • Committed to an ongoing process of regularly reviewing our curriculum to ensure its inclusivity
  • Organised Antiracism Training led by Maxine Thomas-Assante for the teaching teams in English and in Languages
  • Organised a staff forum on Teaching Sensitive Topics
  • Organised staff follow-up sessions on antiracism. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Surrey

We champion the equality, diversity and inclusion agendas to highlight our successes and push for improvement in our weaknesses.  

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