Valuing Contribution

Let’s celebrate the contribution made by individuals and team in supporting the University’s aims

We have published the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity Vision 2025 that will support a positive inclusive culture and national best practice, as well as enable the University to be compliant with its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 and institution wide commitments.  The vision undertook a strong consultation process, engaging students, staff and local partners across various protected characteristic groups and then was shared with the University's governing body, University Council, where it was approved at the July 2019 meeting.  You can read the full vision online.

An independent review of Above & Beyond has been completed by PWC, particular areas reviewed were around transparency and celebration for those receiving awards and decision making and consistency. The findings of the report are being considered and will be discussed in February 2020 by the Valuing Contribution PWE theme group and findings and recommendations shared.

We’re working towards the Advance HE Race Equality Charter to show our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. This requires a series of substantial actions on all aspects of university life and we will work with our BAME community to achieve the changes required. A Self-Assessment team, chaired by Professor Janice Kay, Provost is discussing the development of our Race Equality Charter application. The team will be made up of a diverse range of representatives from all colleges, services and the student body from across our campuses.  Niema Bohrayba has joined us as Race Equality Charter Manager to progress this work.

We created a new Speak Out Guardian role for our Cornwall campuses (Mark Plummer) and are recruiting two more in Exeter to build on the valuable work undertaken by our inaugural Speak Out Guardians who step down at the end of their two year appointment in March 2020. The Guardians are an important development as part of the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Vision 2025 as well as helping to support our Positive Working Environment by being independent and impartial, listening to and supporting colleagues. 

We have identified a need to ensure that front-line staff, who come into frequent contact with students in academic, professional services or pastoral sense, better understand basic EDI principles and frameworks. The Diversity Champions Programme helps these colleagues by improving their confidence, knowledge and skills to appropriately handle incidents which may be reported to them informally or formally, supporting students and fellow staff as necessary. 

On Tuesday 5 November 2019 a pilot session for PS staff in Cornwall looked at progression routes and the information and support available from the Learning and Development team. More than 56 colleagues attended. Professional Development Frameworks have been developed for PS colleagues, and the Leadership PWE theme is also looking into this. 

A Promotions Workshop was held on 4 December for Cornwall Early Career Researchers to give information about the promotions process.

Activity for International Women's Day 2020 included a focus on raising awareness and  engagement with the Gender Pay Gap and related action plans. On Streatham Campus on Friday 6 March, a workshop worked with our community on raising awareness about the Gender Pay Gap, reflected on our current action plan and worked collaboratively to devise new ideas and actions that may impact the gap positively. We also showcased research from academic experts to discuss how we reduce the gap, and positively influence gender equality at the University.

We’re constantly looking out for a diverse range of colleague success stories, including showcasing achievements of PS colleagues, so we can share these through our internal communications channels.  We contact around 140 colleagues from across the University monthly to see if they have news about their colleagues. If you have good news to share, contact

Colleagues who will be steering this action include:

  • Dr Adam McCann, Lecturer in Law  (Chair)
  • Andrew Johnson, Assistant Director of People Service (Policy and Reward) 
  • Ali Rose, Policy & Reward Adviser 
  • Tom Caro, Equality and Diversity Adviser 
  • Dr Ciro Civille. Lecturer in Psychology 
  • Ruth Grimmer, Head of Professional Services (Cornwall) 
  • Geoff Williams, HR Business Partner 
  • Jo Hamilton, UNISON Representative 
  • Prof. Alex Gerbasi, Head of Management  
  • Pete Vukusic, Professor of BioPhotonics & Associate Dean for Education of the CEMPS 
  • Christian Carter, Head of Organisational Development  
  • Shades Chaudhary, Communications and Engagement Officer  
  • Holly Ricketts, Business Manager to Director of People Services 
  • Katharine Harris, Senior HR Business Partner
  • Abigail Dixon, Communications Manager
  • Christian Carter, Head of Organisational Development, is the lead contact for Positive Working Environment.