School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of Engineering and Informatics aims to be inclusive and embed the principles of Inclusive Sussex in our policies and culture. We work to ensure that all members of our community have equal access to opportunities, experiences and support, enabling everyone to reach their full potential.

The Engineering and Informatics Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Rendon-Morales (she/her - Learn more about our support for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Our vision

Our vision is to create a pleasant place to work and study for everyone, where every student and member of staff have equal access to opportunities, experience the School as one that enables them to fully meet their potential and supports them to make a full contribution. We work to reduce inequalities and celebrate diversity allowing all of us to thrive, ensuring that our students and staff feel welcomed, accepted and heard.

Our commitment

Our School is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), including protected characteristics such as gender, race, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

  • Equality is defined as providing equal opportunities, so that every member of staff and student is offered a level playing field in terms of rights and opportunities.
  • Diversity is about recognising, valuing and nurturing individual and group differences in professional and academic development.
  • Inclusion is about ensuring that all members of staff and students feel welcomed and accepted in the School.

How we will fulfil our commitment

  • We take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of bullying and harassment. 
  • We work towards removing inequalities wherever they exist within the School. 
  • We aspire to create a culture of dignity and respect on an everyday basis. All members of our community – staff, students and visitors – should follow our School charter and guiding principles. 
  • We monitor admissions policies, teaching delivery, School regulations and employment practices to ensure that they take appropriate account of EDI issues. 
  • We enable classroom and extracurricular discussions of EDI issues. 
  • We promote an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect among all members of the School community.


support to equaliy diversity and inclusion

To support these aims, the University of School of Engineering and Informatics has created an Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee made up of staff and students from across our School to inform and monitor our progress towards achieving our EDI goals.

EDI Committee Membership:

  • Elizabeth Rendon Morales, EDI Director 

  • Simon Bowes, Athena SWAN Chair

  • Ian Wakeman, Head of School

  • Bella Malya, Product Design 

  • Ian Mackie, Head of Deprartment, Informatics 

  • Romeo Glovnea, Head of Deprartment, Engineering and Design

  • Ferheen Ayaz, Research Fellow (EDI lead for race)

  • Kate Howland, Director of Student Experience 

  • Julie Weeds, Senior Lecturer, Informatics

  • Charlotte Robinson, Lecturer, Product Design  (EDI lead for disabilities)

  • Emeline Brule, Lecturer Product Design

  • Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos, Engineering and Design

  • Leonardo Garcia Garcia, Research Fellow, Engineering and Design

  • Alex Rodrigues, Lecturer, Product Design

  • Lucy Macpherson, Head of School Coordinator (Minutes)

  • Lucy Uffindell-Saunderson, Technical Services


The School's EDI Committee meets once a term to discuss the advancement of EDI issues, and the EDI lead is a full member of the School Management Team.

A poster describing the EDI work done in the school and detailing the key contacts.

Guidelines and further information

Guidelines on Acceptable and Unacceptable Behaviour

Inclusive Sussex

Support, Information, and Resources for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

School Office:
School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Chichester 1 Room 002, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ
T 01273 (67) 8195

School Office opening hours: School Office open Monday – Friday 09:00-15:00, phone lines open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
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