Brain Sciences


Equity in the Faculty of Brain Sciences

Within the Faculty of Brain Sciences, we support UCL's goal to acknowledge, understand, and tackle structural inequities and unjust social power imbalances that affect our community. Meet our EDI team.


Meet our EDI Faculty leads

Anna Cox, Professor & Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences

Anna Cox
Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences. 

She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017, chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of a silver award on 2 occasions, and Faculty Athena SWAN lead 2017-2019. She is also a parent.

Professor Cox’s current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age. She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their 2019 inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. 

Avili Feese, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Going forward, I will manage EDI initiatives across the faculty for both staff and students, ensuring equity through inclusion and positive culture change. I have progressed gender equality work in the faculty since 2019, achieving a Silver Athena Swan at the Institute of Ophthalmology in 2021.

Acknowledging there is more work to do,  I will work with colleagues both in Brain Sciences, and beyond in wider UCL, to review, develop and share best practice

Beverley Isibor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator 

Beverley Isibor
Beverley Isibor supports Psychology and Language Sciences, Ear Institute, and Institute of Prion Diseases in progressing their EDI and Athena SWAN action plans. Beverley also supports cross-Faculty EDI initiatives that embed and widen the EDI agenda with the aim of contributing toward progressive change.

Dr Elise Crayton, Disability Equity Lead

Elise Crayton
Dr. Elise Crayton, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change, who also holds the position of Faculty Disability Equity Lead.


Elise's primary focus in her role as the Faculty Disability Equity Lead is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the perspectives of both staff and students regarding the factors that hinder or enable disability equity. Additionally, she endeavors to create and implement inclusive recommendations for positive change. Elise is dedicated to building upon the progress made by her predecessors and is available to offer her assistance in any matters related to disability equity.

Professor Sam Gilbert, Gender Equity Lead

Sam Gilbert
Sam Gilbert is a Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. With over 20 years of experience at UCL, Sam is currently researching the link between human memory and technology. Additionally, since 2016, Sam has been an active member of the Career Development, Equality, and Diversity committee in their division. Although progress has been made towards gender equity at UCL, Sam acknowledges it's evident that there is still much work to be done.


Sam is excited to work across the diverse institutes and departments in the Faculty to help co-ordinate actions, share best practice, and develop new initiatives.

Dr Michael Foster, LGBTQ+ Equity Lead (Acting)

Michael Foster
Michael Foster (he/him) is a Clinical Research Fellow and Neurology Specialist Registrar at the Institute of Neurology. His research centres around the use of MRI in demyelinating conditions, particularly its application to interrogate the structural connectivity of the brain in the early stages of diseases like multiple sclerosis.


In his year as interim lead, he will look to build on the work of Professor McGettigan. He will have a specific goal of shifting focus from tolerance and acceptance to celebration and joy, especially with regards to people with diverse gender identities and other intersectional characteristics.

Professor Carolyn McGettigan, LGBTQ+ Equity Lead (Sabbatical)

Carolyn McGettigan
Professor Carolyn McGettigan is Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCL, based in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. She is a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist with expertise in the perception and production of the human voice.

Before joining UCL in 2018, Professor McGettigan was involved in the LGBT staff network at her previous institution. She is excited that this is a brand new role within the Faculty, and hopes that the work of the EDI team will improve everyone’s experience of working and studying in the Faculty.

Dr Bilal Malik, Race Equity Lead

Bilal Malik

Bilal works in the Department of Neuromuscular Diseases at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN). At the Institute, Bilal is involved with the Equity Diversity and Inclusion action groups. Through this role, Bilal wishes to support students and staff from ethnic minorities in order for them to achieve success in their studies and careers whilst at UCL. 

Bilal hopes to provide help in closing the BAME attainment gap, remove racial inequalities and promote UCL as an inclusive diverse place of learning.

Professor Leslie Gutman, BAME Awarding Gap Lead

Leslie Gutman
Leslie Gutman is Professor of Applied Developmental and Health Psychology and Programme Director of the MSc Behaviour Change in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Faculty Lead of the BAME Awarding Gap in the Faculty of Brain Sciences.  Her research focuses on mental health and wellbeing; risk and resilience; and intervention development, implementation and evaluation, with a strong emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion for children, adolescents and young adults. She is also a parent. 

She is excited to join the EDI Team and hopes to make a positive impact on closing the BAME Awarding Gap and ensuring that UCL provides a diverse and inclusive learning experience.  

Anouchka Sterling, Religion and Belief Equity Lead

Anouchka Sterling
Anouchka Sterling is Administrative Manager in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

As Religion and Belief Equity Lead for the Faculty, she aims to discover, share and celebrate the diversity of religion and beliefs within our Faculty, to collaborate with EDI colleagues and others to serve UCL in this role and to shape an inclusive environment that contributes to the recruitment, wellbeing and progression of a diverse body of staff and students.