Equality, diversity and inclusivity is valued within the College of Business and Social Sciences. Much like our multidisciplinary teaching and research, we believe that the diversity of our community, especially our students is one of our key strengths. Diversity fuels innovative work and creativity, something that is of paramount importance in the fields of business and social sciences, and as a College, we are committed to implementing more efficient, informed, and focused change to ensure equality for all.
The College of Business and Social Sciences has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee comprising a diverse range of academic staff, professional services staff and current students from across the College. The committee meets multiple times a year, and is the body which:
- Analyses and recommends actions to all issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the College.
- Has responsibility for monitoring the preparation, modification and implementation of the Athena SWAN action plans for Aston Business School (ABS), Aston Law School (ALS) and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and the College’s diversity and inclusion strategy as part of the wider University EDI actions.
- Advises the Senior Management Committee (SMC) on the development and implementation of equality, diversity, and inclusion policies and initiatives within the College and its constituent Schools.
- Reviews relevant data to support such advice, leads initiatives at local level and, through permanent membership of the EDI chair in the SMC, monitors that College policies are in line with the College EDI objectives.
- Feeds into and supports the College and its constituent Schools in relevant accreditation processes.
- Committee members
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead (Chair)
Associate Dean, Accreditations
Professor Helen Higson - email@example.com
Athena SWAN Representative for SSH (Co-Deputy Chair)
Aurelia Robert - firstname.lastname@example.org
Athena SWAN Representative for ABS (Co-Deputy Chair)
Eleanor Musson - email@example.com
Athena SWAN Representative for Law (Co-Deputy Chair)
Dr Lauren Traczykowski – firstname.lastname@example.org (NB Lauren will be on leave February- August 2023)
Dr Hannah Bartlett - email@example.com (acting Law representative from 1st February to 2nd August 2023)
Representative Professional Services Staff
Stephen Belt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Lock - email@example.com
Faye Oliver - firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Russell - email@example.com
Jenny Thompson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Thomson - email@example.com
Andrew Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Carlene Wynter - email@example.com
Representative Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship
Adam Thompson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Muna Morris-Adams - email@example.com
Representative Degree Apprenticeships
Dr Jesvir Mahil - firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative History, Languages and Translation
Dr Emmanuelle Labeau - email@example.com
Dr Joy Malala - firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Marketing and Strategy
Dr Anna Ackfeldt - email@example.com
Representative Operations and Information Management
Dr Oscar Rodriquez-Espindola - firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Politics and International Relations
Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick - email@example.com
Representative Sociology and Policy
Dr Killian Mullan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Katy Pilcher - email@example.com
Representative Work and Organisation
Dr Elina Meliou - firstname.lastname@example.org
Balraj Purewal - email@example.com
Natascha Rohde - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.
Our vision is to create an inclusive environment in which individuals can operate at all levels regardless of their personal circumstances.
- Race and Gender Equality Lecture
- Social Class and Precarity in HE