Rachel Burn

Rachel Burn

Director of College Operations, University of Exeter Medical School

Staff Profile

I feel priviledged to have been selected as a Speak Out Guardian for the University, as I am passionate about everyone's right to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their background, gender, religion or any other characteristic. I strongly believe that diversity in the workplace is an enabling and powerful part of an organisation's culture. My role, alongside the other Speak Out Guardian, will be an advocate for staff and students at both an individual and collective level.

In my day job, I am the Director of College Operations for the UEMS, with overall leadership responsibility for operational and administrative support in the Medical School. I have over 17 years experience in the education sector. I joined UEMS in August 2017 from Aston Univeristy in Birmingham where I was the Head of Administration for Aston Medical School and, before that, Aston Business School over a 6 year period, acting as the Head of Equality and Diversity for both Schools. Prior to that I worked for the Open University for many years on a variety of change and student support projects. I have wide experience supporting staff through difficult work situations and hope to provide support at the Univeristy to whoever needs it.

 

Email: r.l.burn@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 72 5824

Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Law School

Dr Rachel Fenton

Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Law School

Staff Profile

I am very excited to begin this new role as a Speak Out Guardian for the University alongside the other Speak Out Guardian.The very creation of this role is an important marker that the University is commited to fostering a visible speak out culture.

My work for Public Heath England is all about changing culture and empowering people to speak out about sexual harrassment, violence, domestic abuse and related forms of bullying and harassment. I understand the influence of cultural and social norms in maintianing silence both by those being harrased/bullied and bystanders. I have expertise in how to engender cultural change to ensure silence is broken. I am very keen to use the knowledge and skillset that I have gained in this field to benefit staff and students and to co-create knowledge, resilience and resources to inform the strategic responce of the University to foster and empower openness and speaking out.

I joined Exeter Law School in 2017, coming from UWE Bristol and before that, Cardiff University. My research interests lie in the field of gender and law, and prevention of violence against women. My work on bystander intervention for cultural change in universities, The Intervention Initiative, has created signifigant impact in the HE sector and at govenrmental level.

Email: r.fenton@exeter.ac.uk