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.

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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. 

Ciara Wright, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Ciara Wright
Ciara Wright manages EDI initiatives across the Faculty of Brain Sciences, identifying opportunities to support our student and staff populations, such as educating staff on inclusivity, reviewing and developing our practices to ensure equity, and facilitating intersectional work.

Ciara works closely with colleagues across the Faculty of Brain Sciences and UCL to progress positive culture change.

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.

Indie Beedie, Disability Equity Lead

Indie Beedie

I am the Executive Officer of the Deafness, Cognition, and Language Research Centre (DCAL). I joined UCL in 2011 and have had a variety of roles in both academia and professional services.

Also, I am a British Sign Language user who also uses speech and it’s my intersectional experiences of disability and identity as an ethnic minority woman which shape everything I do and my commitment to inclusivity.

I am really looking forward to working with the Faculty Equity Leadership team and creating an equitable and inclusive environment“.

Professor Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, Gender Equity Lead

Aikaterini Fotopoulou.
Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou is Professor of Psychodynamic Neuroscience, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. Her research aims to understand the interface between mental and somatic health and ultimately advance the treatment of related health disorders, including unawareness following a stroke, functional motor and eating disorders.

In 2016, Professor Fotopoulou was awarded the Early Career Award of the International Neuropsychology Society recognising her ‘substantive independent contribution to research in the area of brain-behavior relationships in the first 10 years post completion of training’. 

Professor Carolyn McGettigan, LGBTQ+ Equity Lead

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 Simmy Grover, BAME Awarding Gap Lead

Simmy Grover
Dr Grover is a researcher within the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and her main research interests include personality and human behaviour in the workplace. She investigates how aspects of individual differences impacts well-being, productivity and performance on an individual, team and organisational level and examines how interventions such as coaching, mentoring or digital wellbeing platforms influence these outcomes.

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.