Brain Sciences


Professor Anna Cox appointed Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)

24 October 2019

Professor Anna Cox, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, has been appointed as the inaugural Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) for the Faculty of Brain Sciences as of 14 October 2019.

Anna Cox

Prof Cox joined UCL as a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in 2004, becoming Professor in 2017.

She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017 and chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team for PALS 2013-2017 achieving renewal of a Silver Award on two occasions. Since 2017, she has been the Athena SWAN lead for the Faculty of Brain Sciences. 

Prof Cox’s research seeks to develop an understanding of how people use computer systems and how those systems impact our daily lives, including work on human error, digital games, habit formation and personal informatics. Her current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age, exploring the impacts of technology for making us healthy, happy and more productive.

She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their recent inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies.

Speaking of her appointment, Prof Cox said: “I’m excited to take on this new role. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the faculty, and also across the university, to find the root causes of the challenges faced by our students and colleagues and identifying effective strategies to address them.”

“Whilst many people excel at UCL, our data shows us that this isn’t the case for everyone. Particular groups of staff and students find it much more difficult to achieve their potential than others. I am motivated by a desire to make the Faculty of Brain Sciences a place where everyone has the same chance to succeed,” she added.

Faculty Dean, Professor Alan Thompson, said: “Anna has long been involved in equality, diversity and inclusion work during her time at UCL and I am confident that she will bring her experience and her ambition, to make UCL an even better place to work for everyone, to this important role.

“I hope you will join me in welcoming Anna to her new position and in supporting her as she helps us, as a Faculty, in cultivating a positive working culture for all staff and students.”