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 of Medieval Literature


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Natalie Symmonds

Associate Teaching Fellow

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Dr Liz Bahs

Lecturer in Creative Writing

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Dr Catherine Barbour

Lecturer in Spanish

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Dr Oliver Bond

Reader in Linguistics

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Dr Amy Morgan

Lecturer in Medieval Literature


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Karim Acolinia

Undergraduate student (English Literature with Film

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Rhyne Chambers

Undergraduate student (French & Spanish)

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Guilia Tarditi

PhD in Translation Studies

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Frankie Walters

Postgraduate student (Creative Writing)

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Alicia Barnes

PhD in English Literature

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

Equality and diversity at Surrey

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

Contact us

  • Phone: sel@surrey.ac.uk

Find us


School of Literature and Languages
University of Surrey