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Diversity Champion - Role Profile

The University aims to develop and enhance a fair and inclusive working and learning environment for the benefit of all.  The establishment of Diversity Champions in each School/Service is an important initiative for the University in support of this aim.

Working in collaboration with the Senior HR Officer (EDI), the responsibilities of the champions is to:

  • To raise awareness of Equality and Diversity responsibilities within the School/Service
  • To act as an initial point of contact on Equality and Diversity queries within the School/Service
  • To play an active role in championing the University’s commitment to Equality and Diversity across the institution
  • To advocate on equality and diversity matters
  • To act as a conduit for information on equality initiatives and an advocate for positive change
  • To raise awareness of the equality dimension in decision making in their department

To actively support their School/Service in equality and diversity initiatives such as Athena SWAN


Diversity Champions for Schools/Services 


Diversity Champion

Applied Sciences

Gemma Sweeney

Art, Design & Architecture

Lorna Ingram

Computing & Engineering

John Allport

Education & Professional Development

Tracy Wood

Huddersfield Business School

Rachel Shuttleworth

Human & Health Sciences

Berenice Golding

Music, Humanities & Media

Dave Calvert



Diversity Champion

Computing & Library Services

Helen Coman

Estates & Facilities

Sally Hobson

Financial Services

Vicki Carver

Human Resource Group

Christian McGrath

International Office

Margarita McMullon

Marketing, Communications & Student Recruitment

Ruth Cohen


Cathie Raw

Research & Enterprise

Anna Seabourne

Student Services

Francesca Devlin

Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Katie Baron


Dignity At Work Advisors

The University provides a network of Dignity at Work Advisors, which are members of staff across the University who have volunteered and are trained to undertake the role.  The Dignity at Work Advisor is an unbiased, neutral colleague who provide a confidential and informal service to assist alleged victims of harassment or bullying or those accused of harassment or bullying. The aim of this role is to facilitate informal resolution in line with the University Dignity at Work Policy

Details of the Dignity at work advisors


Rights and Responsibilities

Each individual employee has the following rights:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To be treated fairly and without discrimination.
  • To disagree and present alternative views.
  • To challenge and be assertive.
  • To be consulted on decisions that affect their work.
  • To have their contribution recognised.

Each individual also has the following responsibilities:

  • To treat others with dignity and respect.
  • To challenge inappropriate behaviours in others.
  • To respect the authority and decisions of others.
  • To deal with conflict constructively.
  • To recognise the needs of the business and others.


Dignity at Work Meetings

The purpose of a 1:1 meeting is for the Advisor and Advisee to discuss the situation to provide some options and a way forward.

The Advisor is there to:

  • Listen
  • Provide a supportive, confidential and informal environment
  • Provide support
  • Provide information on options that are available
  • Assist with informal resolutions

Rights and Responsibilities of the Advisee;

  • To treat the Dignity at Work Advisor with respect
  • To understand that the Advisor’s role is not that of a counsellor
  • To understand that the Advisor is not there to solve your problem, but to help you come to a solution yourself
  • If you feel that a particular Advisor is not compatible it is your right to sound out another Advisor
  • To be open to challenges around a particular issue
  • That you have the right to access any logged information regarding your case


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