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Fernanda has a Master’s degree in Gender Studies, is a Sexual Violence Specialist, and a Human Rights Activist who has a deep passion and commitment to gender and racial justice for all. Fernanda is an intersectional feminist who aims to decolonise minds and challenge global, societal, political, and governmental responses to women's oppression. Fernanda's research focuses on the government's responses to Domestic Violence Abuse (DVA) in the UK and the extent to which the needs of Migrant women of Colour are considered and accounted for in governments' DVA responses such as policymaking, supporting routes, response and supporting services.
Fernanda's research strongly challenges westernised and white supremacist notions of feminism and women's oppression, and the idea of treating women as a homogeneous group without considering how other matrices of oppression are concurrently working to shape one's reality. Fernanda's research is underpinned by Intersectionality, Human Rights theory, Black feminism, Post-colonial theory, and Latina and Global South feminist theorists, challenging westernised and white supremacist perspectives of feminism as a knowledge that is only taught and created in the Global North. Fernanda's research aims to decolonise and emancipate not just bodies but minds. Fernanda argues that we need to think of responses from the perspective of the most marginalised women if we are to tackle violence against ALL women.
I am a qualified primary school teacher with 17 years’ experience working in London, teaching for the British Forces in Germany, and specialising in Autism and ADHD at a specialist school. With being a lifetime advocate of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), I completed my master’s in Human Rights in 2021 from Kingston University. My dissertation (‘How to maintain positive and stainable employment for people on the Autistic Spectrum’) focused on Article 23 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, right to work for everyone:
‘1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.’ (Article 23. UDHR)
My PhD research will look at the current reasonable adjustments legislation that is available to support people with protected characteristics identified in Equality Act 2010 – whether enough support is offerred, whether changes are needed to make employment an inclusive system, and what changes would aid progress to inclusion.
My research interests have developed through working with children, all with differing needs, and questioning whether our current societal systems can meet their human rights thus encouraging success in adult life. I am also a mum to a wonderful 11-year-old daughter and an excitable 8-year-old Labrador.
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I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse and have worked within the NHS and private healthcare sector for 15 years. I am passionate about effective delivery of equitable and inclusive care to our diverse community. I have experience of working within a variety of mental health settings (primarily, medium secure mental health hospitals) for men, women, and the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and offending care (Prison). I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Counselling and a Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL).
My research interests are focused on workforce and service user diversity, underrepresentation of Black Nurses in senior positions, inequalities of health and social care, and how to create equal outcomes for marginalised groups.
Outside of work I volunteer on the school Board of Governors as a Parent Governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN), Safeguarding, and Health & Safety at a local Primary school. I provide supportive care to my sister who is a physically disabled adult, and I am also a mother of 4 children and have 1 grandchild.
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Bethany began her higher education journey when she joined the University of Lincoln in 2019. She spent the following three years working towards her undergraduate degree in Sociology before graduating with a first-class honours in 2022.
As a contribution to her studies, Bethany undertook her first independent research project entitled ‘How accurate is the representation and perception of veiled Muslim women in contemporary western society?’. This particular study attempted to bring balance to existing research on the veil by utilising the documented experiences of veiled Muslim women.
Bethany's research interests continue to be underpinned by her desire for positive social change, and current research is centred around the topic of postgraduate outcomes.
Mr Tanka Tembe is a full-time professional member of the UK Armed Forces, with 20 year's experience in various roles. He works currently as a detention specialist within the UK Armed Forces. Studying at the Open University as a part-time student, he has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies and a Master of Art in Philosophy. His undergraduate research project was a discursive study on the ‘Attitudes of women in sharing household chores with their partner’ and his Master’s dissertation was entitled ‘Issues in determining proportionality in the retributivist theory of punishment’. Tanka's current research interests lie in the manifestations of racial prejudice, preventions and interventions, with a particular interest in exploring the lived experiences of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) soldiers within the British Army.
Tanka hails all the way from Nepal and carries the prestigious legacy of the Gurkhas. He is a Mental Health First Aider and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Assistant Advisor, and can speak four languages.
Abraham has a BSc (hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering (2004) and a Master’s In Maintenance Engineering Management (2011). His work experiences have been mostly in banking, working with the likes of Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Clydesdale Bank PLC, Hargreaves & Lansgrove, and he has spent the last years working for the NHS as a Service Improvement Manager.
His work and life experiences have triggered his need to research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and his research aims to explore the conditions and drivers leading to racial inequality in the United Kingdom focusing on workplace cultures & practices, urbanisation, and healthcare access amongst migrants.
Abraham is excited to be starting his PhD in a research topic that means a lot to him but also to millions of people around the globe, and hopes to become a Champion in this evolving field as his research develops.
Elma has worked as a Facilities Manager for over 15 years and has experience in advocating and protecting the rights of employees. With a career in health and social care as a healthcare assistant with some London-based organisations, Elma's interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is centred on helping individuals, especially those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, who are often discriminated against in the healthcare they receive, preventing them from living a healthy lifestyle in the UK. Elma’s research passion is focussed on individual and structural discrimination as a potential harm through health issues associated with race, such as high blood pressure, low birth weight, and general poor health status, preventing individuals from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds from accessing quality healthcare.
Elma has an HND in Health and Social Care, a BSc in Health Promotion and an MSc in Public Health. She is the first person in her family to pursue her studies to PhD level.
Augustine Eromonsere Ajanaku
In today’s contemporary world that we live in and with the realisation that change continuously evolves in both institutions and society, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is more important now than ever before. I have been working in the security industry for over 14 years and have experienced and observed a systematic display of non-inclusiveness regards to equality and diversity. After relocation to the UK from Nigeria, I gained a BSc in Business and Human Resource Management, focusing my final degree project on the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the food and beverage industry (Mondelez Inc.), and an LLM in International Studies in Intellectual Property Law. My dissertation was centred on the treatment and protection of moral rights in the United Kingdom compared to France, Canada and US. My current research interests are centred on my passion to embrace positive change for ethnic minorities, and the wider impact of recruitment processes and practices on job applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds in England.
As a gospel musician, I engage in singing and playing the keyboard. I have released 2 albums and 3 Singles over the years. I was also the Choirmaster in my local church (Church of England) for over 6 years in a voluntary capacity. Furthermore, I have worked as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau. I am married to my lovely wife Stella (Bestselling Romance Author) and we have 2 beautiful adult children.
I am an educator and an academic at heart with a passion for EDI. My lived experience in establishing my career in teaching and the reality of minimal representation of ethnic minorities in the education sector (as with many other higher-level private sector jobs) have become a significant focus for me. I often wonder what changes need to occur in the current order of societal thinking regarding EDI. I question how authentic, impactful, and sustainable change will come about so that there’ll be more inclusivity and balance for future generations as they reach adulthood. More critically, I am intrigued by how much EDI strategies within the public and Higher Education sectors translate for BAME students and job candidates. I’m particularly drawn to the concepts of bias and how this affects organisational culture, and how the system engenders unfairness.
I aspire to explore these matters academically and utilise my transferable skills from teaching to establish a career in EDI and complete my MA.
Patrick's research interests lie in the Black African diaspora in Europe with particular focus on Austria. He has published several articles on Black Central Europe, a website which documents the history of the Black diaspora in German-speaking Europe. Patrick has written a piece which explores The Marcus Omofuma memorial stone in Vienna as a symbol against racism and xenophobia. His work has also shed light on the life of Rudolph Rustimo. His current research explores second-generation Black Austrians to establish an early understanding of their integration experience. The research will draw on important themes such as race, identity and belonging.
Patrick has always been keen on the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion. He works as a mental health pharmacist and volunteers as a parish councillor in his spare time.
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Connor's research interests stem from a career focused on helping others. Beginning with a foundation degree in outdoor education within which he investigated how sports could be adapted for spinal cord injured patients, he moved into a BA in education studies that focused on special education. More recently, working in neurological rehabilitation with brain injured clients and a diverse number of roles in teaching and education, he has developed an interest and understanding on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Now working with looked after children as a foster carer both his role and research aim to investigate the barriers, and support in place, for care-experienced individuals as his own fostered children have been subject to both support and disadvantages from the care and educational systems.
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Rebecca has had a varied career within the military, working in a variety of roles and environments. She has had a long interest in the value of inclusivity and the lack of understanding there is within senior teams in the military and governmental organisations. The culmination was her role as Senior Policy Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion in the Royal Navy. She is currently working as a trainer in inclusive leadership, helping others to understand the motivations for their own behaviour and the impact this has on others. Her research interests include the presence of structural sexism within governmental organisations such as the United Nations, military organisations and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; how this influences their role in stabilisation and development in conflict areas, such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria; and whether this has an effect on the sustainability of decisions and the future resilience of such areas to avoid conflict.
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Ben's research interests focus on the differential career progression of Black, Asian and ethnic minority academics in UK Higher Education. Their under-representation in senior positions within UK Higher Education has been widely reported as an area requiring urgent attention. Although there are initiatives, such as the Race Equality Charter award launched in 2016, that require institutions to reflect on practices and polices that increase representation, provide equal outcomes in relation to promotion, and improve the experiences of Black, Asian and ethnic minority staff and students, the data reveal that there are still huge differences in representation for White academics and those identifying as Black, Asian or from ethnic minority groups.
Ben has over 15 years’ experience as a HR and EDI practitioner within the construction, finance and HE sectors, and joined the HR department at the University of Lincoln in 2020 as Head of EDI.
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I graduated from Lincoln this year with a BA in Classical Studies. During my undergraduate studies, I was the Invisible Disabilities lead for Lincoln SU and spent a lot of time helping to support other disabled students at the University. I have a passion for supporting other disabled students during their time at university and hope my research will aid in future situations.
My research focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled students in both an academic and social environment. The disabled community was one of the hardest hit groups during the pandemic. During my research I hope to change the view of disabled people being statistics into the true stories of those impacted. In addition, I aim to create guidance on the ways in which universities should be supporting disabled students after what we have learnt from the pandemic.
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I am a mature student having had a long career in HR, working at Senior Leadership and Board level for some of the largest UK, European and Global companies. I have worked in the UK and internationally with responsibilities covering Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and latterly globally. In my last employed role I was the Global EDI Lead. I set up my own HR consulting business in 2019 and now support the Boards of SMEs within the Midlands, with a specific focus on organisational strategy, people strategy and EDI. I am also a Trustee for a national disability charity.
On a professional basis, I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development; a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute; and a Fellow, Institute of Leadership & Management. Academically, I have an MBA; MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management; a PGDip Law and Employment Relations; and a Level 7 Award in Strategic Approaches to EDI.
My consulting work has deepened my interest in EDI and specifically how intersectionality may consciously or unconsciously affect decision and policy making within organisations. My research aims to understand whether intersectionality has an impact on the effectiveness of EDI strategies within SMEs, and the career outcomes for BAME employees and job applicants.
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My life’s passion from an early age has been injustice – trying to understand why some people prosper while others don’t… and moreover, what can be done about it. I studied International Relations at the University of Lincoln as an undergraduate, and after spending some time in management for a global facility services company, I left to dedicate my life to the noble art of teaching – with the express intent of helping people with a similar background to me get on in life.
In the time I’ve been teaching, the disappointing outcomes for some marginalised groups haven’t improved, and to that end I have come back home to the University of Lincoln to research the factors that impact the educational outcomes of white working-class boys.
Musiiwa (Moss) Takavarasha
I am a registered Nurse engaged in Transitional Care In-reach work in Lincolnshire. I am also Chair of my Trust’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network.
The BAME agenda became hugely topical in 2020 — perhaps far more than at any other time in recent memory. This was brought about mainly by the COVID-19 outbreak and its disproportionate impact on BAME members of staff. The death of George Floyd, and the subsequent resurgence of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement, brought issues of race and racism further to the fore of international, national, as well as local dialogue.
I am therefore excited to have landed this research opportunity, and am looking forward to further exploring the issues surrounding race, access and belonging during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
"Taking this journey to pursue my PhD, I really couldn’t be happier — a life goal that I set — and I’m looking forward to everything that’s ahead. One of my passions in life is the pursuit of equality, inclusion and diversity. I’m fortunate that within my career I get to engage in the space for large teams across the UK, as we seek to create the kind of working environment where everyone wants to do the best work of their lives, every day.
"The focus for my research is centred on ‘Intersectionality', and specifically the experiences had by Black Women in the Labour Market. When I saw the PhD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion being offered here at the University of Lincoln, there was no question that this is where I should be as I further my studies and research within this area, recognising that this is such an important study as we continue to explore our social identities".
Cameron Holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University and MFA in Theatre from The University of Alabama. Following a successful career in professional theatre, and recognised as a fellow of the National Theatre conference, he has held leadership and teaching posts at four major universities spanning the last 25 years. His research interests are concerned with inclusion in the performing arts, resulting from unconscious bias — particularly the impact on casting, representation, audience development and organisational effectiveness in commercial theatre. Cameron uses qualitative research methods and grounded theory to inform his work.
Sue Liburd MBE
Sue champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does, promoting the importance and understanding of intersectionality and equality as a driver for business success. She was awarded an MBE in 2016 in recognition for her services to Business, Charities and Voluntary organisations. This year, she was named among the HERoes 100 Women Executives 2020.
Her research interests lie in the constructive disruption of organisational cultures to create healthy inclusive workplaces. Although the business case for diversity & inclusion is on the corporate leadership agenda, progress has remained stubbornly slow — gender, ethnic and cultural disparity is still prevalent in complex monolithic organisational cultures.
With a background in organisational change, HR and OD, Sue is observing the emergence of more fearless diversity thinking, and a new generation of influencers changing the D&I narrative, and asking a different set of questions to generate fresh perspectives. In researching for her PhD, Sue aims to become a thoughtful contributory voice at this new evolving table.
Sara has spent most of her career in senior corporate roles as a Director with many of the World’s best-known Health and Beauty brands, including Boots and Specsavers. She has founded several businesses, including the Fatorexia Foundation, based on her critically-acclaimed book Fatorexia – what do you see when you look in the mirror? and a size-inclusive clothing label SqWears Couture, which has been showcased at London Fashion Week and worn by celebrities at red-carpet events.
Sara’s passion for inclusivity has developed particularly around obesity, where her main areas of interest are obesity discrimination and the disparity within the workplace and the healthcare, treatment, and opportunities for larger people. Her views on obesity have featured in a Government white paper where she moots that Fatorexia is a mental health issue. She has appeared on TV in the UK on This Morning, Australia on Kerry-Anne, and in the US on NBC Chicago to discuss the impact of Fatorexia and obesity discrimination, and had numerous articles featured in international press from Cosmopolitan Brazil, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Daily Mail.
“I am delighted and excited to be starting my PhD and immersing myself in a research topic that is so important to me. Obesity, and the discrimination faced by those who occupy larger bodies, remain societally unaccepted. I look forward to championing this issue as my research develops”.
Andrea C Simmons
Andrea is a conceptual designer, design educationalist and an accredited examiner of art and design for establishments such as University of Cambridge International assessors and Pearson BTEC and Edexcel, with 25 years' affiliation within the design sector and 17 years’ experience within arts education. She obtained a BA (Hons) in European Fashion and Product Development at Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht, The Netherlands; a Masters degree in Design Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (formerly The London Institute), and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Arts Education at the London Centre for Fashion Studies via Middlesex University. She recently graduated with an MRes in Visual Communication from the prestigious Royal College of Art.
Andrea has worked both nationally and internationally for companies such as Nike Europa and Vivienne Westwood, and for the Ministry of Defence and NASA on specialist clothing and textiles apparel. For over nine years she was the Course Director of Fashion at Thames Valley University, developing an interest in the research and implementation of cultural representation through equality and diversity within fashion and its related arts. Her current research interests, derived from her life experience and introspection of the fashion and the arts sector, focus on skin-colour analysis and the production of theoretical systems to re-evaluate the perception of skin colour in design and society. Andrea's research is interdisciplinary, combining fashion and its related arts with social science via ethnographical and anthropological practices, and aims to develop creative solutions and products that incorporate inclusive design concepts.
Gail is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Advertising at Lincoln. With 25 years' experience as an advertising creative, Gail has worked at many of London's top advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and Bates Dorland. She made the change to education in 2015, taking up a teaching post on the Creative Advertising course at Falmouth University. She's also taught Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Westminster, and immediately prior to joining Lincoln Gail was a senior lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University. She has an HND in Creative Advertising, a BA (Hons) in English, an MSc in Gender and International Relations, and a PGCHE.
Gail's research interests are focussed around understanding and negotiating the gendered nature of creativity in advertising and gendered environments on Creative Advertising higher education courses. Creative Advertising is a subject discipline that attracts a high proportion of female students who often leave university unprepared to navigate the complex gendered structures of the predominantly male-run creative departments of advertising agencies. This is a journey towards more gender-awareness and inclusivity in creative advertising, so that women are better able to influence the construction of creativity and therefore be more successful.
I'm a Human Resources Generalist with over 25 years’ experience in a number of different organisations. My current role is as an International Human Resources Business Partner covering EMEA and Asia. I have 2 Master's degrees – MSc in Exercise and Nutritional Science, as well as MA in Human Resource Management. I'm also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. My interest in EDI, and my doctoral research, is around global organisation and their 'one size fits all' approach to EDI across the globe.
I'm married to Dawn, and we have 3 grown up children, 2 grandsons, a dog, and 6 African pygmy hedgehogs... I like to keep myself fit and healthy by being an active member of the local triathlon club.
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Sophie has recently graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. During her time at university, she recognised a true passion for promoting and encouraging equal, diverse and inclusive spaces for all individuals throughout all aspects of life. Her research interests lie predominantly within gender inequalities — gender inequalities in education, gendered divisions of labour in the home, gender roles within social settings, how gender is presented in the media, and how ideologies of masculinities impact societal perceptions of gender equality. Her undergraduate research dissertation explored how contemporary Hollywood cinema and the film industry shapes, and is shaped by, ideologies of hegemonic masculinity. These research findings contributed to the development of Sophie's current research on gender inequalities and ideologies of masculinities within higher education.
"After completion of my MA research" Sophie says, "I hope to continue learning, encouraging and practising equality, diversity and inclusion through additional research in this progressively demanding discipline".
Patrick, a consulting business intelligence and healthcare analytic, holds an MSc in global financial information systems and a master’s degree in managerial psychology in addition to a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical data analysis and a certificate in lifestyle medicine. He is passionate about the inconspicuous significance of diversity, particularly, dietary cultural lifestyle, on the attainment of a positive health outcome. His research interests centre on employing qualitative research methods and contemporary theoretical frameworks to spur a direction towards reducing health inequities, its grievous implication on socioeconomic policies and its far-reaching psychological implications. Patrick presently fosters inclusion by working with and advocating for people with disabilities; including intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and acquired brain injury; the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless as well as people going through addiction within the healthcare industry.
Rebecca was awarded a MA in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Leeds. She wrote her thesis on the influence inclusive leadership has on organisational culture, analysing the impact it has on women and LGBTQ+ employees from a cross-cultural UK-US perspective. Prior to that, she graduated from Michigan State University with a BSc in Neuroscience and a BSc in Psychology. She was published in Neuropharmacology in 2017 for her behavioral science research on identifying the neurobiological timeline of symptoms for addiction and depression in response to trauma. She has collaborated on projects related to health physiology, workplace behaviour, social connectivity, stress and emotional regulation, and most recently has been involved in the preservation of oral histories from LGBTQ+ people across West Yorkshire. She was a TEDx speaker in 2015, and has organised multiple conferences, taught workshops and facilitated conversations on the impact of diversity and inclusion.