David Ruebain: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Culture, Equality and Inclusion)


David Ruebain became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion at the University of Sussex in Autumn 2021. He has strategic responsibility for all aspects of Culture, Equality and Inclusion at the University, including progressing work on race equity, LGBTQ+ advancement and dignity and respect. He will work alongside interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion, Professor Kevin Hylton, who will remain at Sussex until early 2022.

His previous experience includes advising the FA Premier League on equalities issues, consulting at Equality Works (EW Group) and holding the post of Chief Executive of Advance HE’s Equality Challenge Uni. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at Birkbeck College and is also a consultant to Black Thrive Global, which seeks to address the impact of systemic racism on Black communities. 

David is a past winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK. He has also been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK by Disability Now Magazine.

At Sussex he will oversee the delivery of key objectives directly linked to Sussex 2025 and in particular the University’s Inclusive Sussex strategy.

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