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Gender Equality Group (GEG)

Gender Equality Group

The University of Exeter has been a member of Advance HE's Athena Swan charter since 2011 and has held an institutional Silver award since 2018, while departmental awards are held by all nine of our STEMM departments at either Bronze or Silver level.

Following on from the University's engagement in these gender equality accreditations, the Gender Equality Group (GEG) meets termly to discuss a range of gender-related issues affecting staff and students at our institution and monitor our Gender Equality Action Plan.

GEG is chaired by Alicia O'Grady (Executive Director, External Engagement and Global) and brings together academic and professional services staff, students and colleagues from the Students' Guild (Devon) and the Students' Union (Cornwall).

Chair (UEB member) Alicia O'Grady
Academic member  Dr Rachel Fenton 
Academic member Dr Leila Dawney
Academic member Dr Sabiha Allouche
Academic member Dr Helen Eyles
Academic member Professor Frances Tammer
Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy representative  Julie Pepper
Non-binary representative Dr Daniel Fountain
Trans representative Lena Worwood
HR representative
Lynn Stoyle
People Development representative Rachel Brewer

Students' Union representative (Cornwall)

Orestis Collins-Alamanos

Students' Guild representative (Exeter)

Mia Robillard-Day
EDI Manager Dorcas Cowan
Senior EDI Advisor Sandip Samra
Gender Safety representative

Lewis Nurton

HR Policy representative

Charlotte Woollam

Women's Network Co-chairs

Rachel Bennett and Steph Selway

Professional Services representative

Totty Brobyn

Research Services representative

Julie Lewis-Thompson

Trade Union representative

Dr Sanja Vico

Speak Out Guardian

Dr Janet Keliher

Global Partnerships representative

James Smith

Current GEG priorities

Our current gender equality action plan is available online. 

We submitted our institutional Athena Swan Silver renewal application in January 2024. Key priorities and our 2024-2028 gender equality action plan will be published here by June 2024.