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Dignity Advisors

Information and contact details of UCL's Dignity Advisors

The University has a network of trained Dignity Advisors who provide an informal, confidential information service to staff and students on issues relating to bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

All Dignity Advisors are members of staff in a variety of roles across campus who volunteer to work to provide advice in addition to their day jobs. Dignity Advisors receive two full days of additional training on UCL policy on bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct, related procedures, and relevant skills to listen to disclosures and sign-posting.

Advisors are supported in this role to ‘look after themselves’ and attend termly peer-support sessions. The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team manage this Network and are available to support Advisors where necessary.

If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct or discrimination, you can contact an advisor directly from the below list, or through submitting a ‘contact advisor’ form on Report + Support. You can contact any dignity advisor(s), and do not have to limit yourself to your own department or faculty. These are listed faculty-wise only for an orderly organisation. While dignity advisors can neither investigate if misconduct has occurred nor advocate for any person, they can coach a reporting person to undertake informal resolution, where appropriate, as well as guide them to formal procedures. Dignity Advisors are also available to staff who have been accused of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination.

Dignity Advisors can:

  • Offer confidential information on issues relating to harassment, bullying and equality
  • Listen to you without making any judgments about what you say
  • Help you to clarify your thoughts about what is happening
  • Explain the informal and formal procedures under the policy for prevention of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct
  • Help you to explore the various options available to you
  • Help you to explore other sources of support which may be available to you

Dignity Advisors cannot:

  • Tell you what you should do
  • Act as your advocate
  • Make decisions on whether bullying or harassment has taken place
  • Maintain confidentiality if they believe that there is a risk of harm to you or others

UCL's Dignity Advisors

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Antony Makrinos
Antony Makrinos

Department of Greek & Latin
a.makrinos@ucl.ac.uk

 


I came to UCL as an MA student in the Greek and Latin Department and after receiving my PhD in Classics in 2005, I have worked at UCL ever since. I am now a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Greek and Latin Department and a Senior Teaching Fellow of the HEA. I have been a mentor for PGTAs and a personal tutor for many students over the years. In my role as a Dignity Advisor, I would like to provide help and support to individuals and make UCL a friendly place to work.


Patrick Bray
Patrick Bray

School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)
p.bray@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am an Associate Professor of French at UCL, where I teach courses on literature, cinema, and theory. Before coming to UCL, I taught for many years in the United States, where I had extensive experience mentoring colleagues and postgraduate students. As the first person in my family to finish university, I am passionate about making the university a welcoming environment for everyone


Eleni Markou
Eleni Markou

School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)
e.markou@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am working as a Teaching Fellow at CenTraS with a focus on English into Greek translation and subtitling. Outside of UCL I run my own linguistics business. I have also served as Trustee of a mental health support charity for many years. As a dignity advisor I am passionate about contributing to making the environment at UCL a collegial, inclusive, and supportive one. 

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Jorina Von Zimmerman

Division of Psychology & Lang Sciences
j.v.zimmermann@uclconsultants.com


Martina Callaghan
Martina Callaghan

Institute of Neurology
m.callaghan@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am Professor of MRI Physics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging where I am also the Deputy Centre Director and Head of Physics.  My research focuses on the development of MRI-based methods for neuroscientific studies.  I am also a tutor on the MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging and a Mentor on the In2Research widening participation in research program run by In2ScienceUK, through which I have also hosted school students to provide an experience of the research environment.  My group is also involved in public engagement activities aimed at explaining MRI to a wider audience, in particular patient groups that attend our Centre to be scanned as part of research studies.  As a Dignity Advisor I aim to provide a safe and open space for confidential discussions.


Christine Chow
Christine Chow

Institute of Neurology
c.chow@ucl.ac.uk

 


I have worked in health-related research for twenty years across different universities, and recently returned to UCL (Institute of Neurology) in July 2020 as the Programme Manager for the Neurogenetic Therapies Programme.  I work across lab and clinical research and spend time trying to understand the specific pressures research and professional staff are under. I have a knowledge of how differing work-cultures of NHS, Industry, clinical and non-clinical academic work can lead to a mismatch in expectations and can result in challenging behaviours.  I sit on one of the IoN EDI committees and believe staff are more likely to thrive if they feel valued, safe and empowered to be their authentic selves.  I would be very happy to have an informal chat around your specific situation and the options open to you.


Faisel Farooq

Institute of Neurology
f.farooq@ukdri.ucl.ac.uk


Anna Foakes
Anna Foakes

Institute of Neurology
a.foakes@ucl.ac.uk


 

I have worked in higher education for 14 years, in a range of roles for different universities. I now work part-time as senior teaching administrator at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, managing distance learning programmes, providing support and assistance to students from different countries, who are based all over the world. I work very closely with academics, and the education team at Queen Square. I am also a mentor and an internal coach for UCL staff. When I am not working at UCL, I run my own coaching and therapy business. We spend so much time at work and we all deserve to feel heard and to be safe. Being respectful and considerate to people is really valuable. As dignity advisors we can provide a confidential space for you to have an informal chat about the situation and the options that are available to you.


Caroline Selai

Institute of Neurology
c.selai@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Senior Lecturer based in UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. I am a Chartered Psychologist and trained mediator. I trained as a UCL Harassment & Bullying Advisor in the Summer of 2000. I was Head of the Institute of Neurology Education Unit for 11 years from its establishment (01-May-06) to the closure of the Unit (01-Oct-17) after a reorganisation. I was a Faculty Sub-Dean for 5 years in the (then named) Faculty of Clinical Sciences. I was Institute of Neurology Departmental Graduate Tutor (DGT) for 10 years.
In my clinical academic work, with the clinical departments of Uro-Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), I am looking at psychological co-morbidities and the development of psychoeducation and brief psychotherapeutic interventions.
I am also currently Co-Director of the UCL Cultural Consultation Service (CCS) www.ucl.ac.uk/ccs
In addition to advising, I have supervised and mentored new Dignity Advisors.
My advice: do contact one of the advisors shown on this page in the first instance, no matter what the query. Many people delay seeking advice. They often finish the first meeting with a comment such as "I wish I had spoken to someone about this sooner”.


Tracy Skinner
Tracy Skinner

Institute of Neurology
t.skinner@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am the Research Degree Administrator in UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology giving support and guidance to research students and working closely with academics and other administrators to improve student experience. I am passionate about equal opportunities and being kind and respectful to all. I try to further implement this through my role in Athena SWAN and Race Equity teams. Dignity Advisors give individuals a compassionate, listening ear and provide support throughout what may be a difficult time. Please get in touch if you would like to have a confidential discussion.


Man-Yi Li
Man-Yi Li

Institute of Ophthalmology
abi.li@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am a Lab Manager at the Institute of Ophthalmology.  I have been at UCL since 2007 and worked in various departments across Brain Sciences.  I have been a mentor for the last few years for Technical Staff.  Day to day, I help with the running of several labs and interact with PIs, staff and students.  UCL strives to be a great place to work, but we can always do better and be better.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to chat.  UCL should be a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Michael Sulu
Michael Sulu

Department of Biochemical Engineering
m.sulu@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am a Postdoc, and a facilities manager. I spend a lot of my time helping UG and PG students, especially the Doctoral students who may find the isolating nature of research difficult. This stemmed from my own experience as a student and it further got me both more interested in and involved with the College EDI initiatives as a member of staff. I think we all want a fair and inclusive environment to work in and I want to help make it that way, by supporting those who have experienced the negative side of working here.


Kasia Tomczyk

Department of Chemical Engineering
k.tomczyk@ucl.ac.uk

I have joined UCL in 2015 as a Research Support Officer in the central Research Support Team and in 2018 I have moved to the department of Chemical Engineering, where I work as a Senior Research Officer. I am also a UCL alumna, having graduated from MRes Clinical and Experimental Medicine in 2013. I am a newly trained Dignity Advisor and I am really looking forward to working with students and staff across the college to try and find positive solutions to often difficult situations they can find themselves in.


Luiza Campos
Luiza Campos

Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
l.campos@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am an Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE).  I have extensive experience working on widening participation and outreach activities. I am co-founder of the Women in Engineering Taster Course at UCL, and have recently acted as the CEGE-DEOLO and led the Athena Swan application (2016) which granted CEGE a Bronze Award for advancing gender equality practice. I am co-founder of the Diversity and Equality Committee at CEGE which I chaired for 3 years. I have been nominated to the Student Choice awards in 2016 and 2017 for the category of best Personal Tutor, and has been shortlisted to the Diverse & Inclusive Education Award in 2018.


Sarah Bentley
Sarah Bentley (currently on leave)

Department of Computer Science
sarah.bentley@ucl.ac.uk

 


I joined UCL in 2015 as a Research Degrees Administrator in the Department of Computer Science, and I am now the Manager for the AI Centre in Computer Science. My background is in law, and I used to specialise as a family lawyer, with particular focus on helping victims of domestic violence. I am here to listen and help, but also to ensure that I can empower staff and students themselves.


Fiona Mannion (currently on leave)

Department of Computer Science
f.mannion@ucl.ac.uk

I work as a Centre of Doctoral Training Manager across 3 departments in the Faculty of Engineering. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, I enable colleagues and students to feel empowered in the workplace, by lending a non- judgemental, empathic ear in safe surroundings, providing available options and positive steps towards a better environment in which we all work.


Dominique Drai
Dominique Drai

Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
d.drai@ucl.ac.uk

 


I joined UCL in 2006 – I am currently working as an Administrator in a research centre in the Faculty of Engineering (UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing). I feel strongly that the workplace should be a safe environment for all and free from bullying, harassment and discrimination, so that everybody gets the opportunity to develop at UCL.  As a Dignity at Work Advisor I hope I can contribute to make UCL a better workplace for all.


Jacqueline Sheehan
Jacqueline Sheehan

UCL School of Management
jacqueline.sheehan@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Senior Finance Officer in the UCL School of Management, based on the Bloomsbury Campus and have worked at UCL since 2002 in various EA roles.  I like to help people, especially around issues in the workplace and have thorough knowledge and understanding of UCL's HR policies.

Faculty of Laws

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Faculty of Life Sciences

Wendy Birch

Division of Biosciences
w.birch@ucl.ac.uk

I manage the Anatomy Laboratory in the Rockefeller Building. I have been a member of UCL staff for over 20 years and have over five years’ experience as a personal tutor and mentor. I believe that everyone is entitled to carry out their work in an environment free from bullying and harassment. I became a dignity at work advisor as I wanted to learn how to support and empower my colleagues in cases where they felt their own dignity at work was compromised.


Sandrine Geranton
Sandrine Geranton

Division of Biosciences
sandrine.geranton@ucl.ac.uk

 


I came to UCL as a post-graduate student in the division of Biosciences in September 1999 and I have worked at UCL ever since. I am now a lecturer in the department of Cell and Developmental Biology based in the Medawar building. I have been a mentor for junior colleagues in Biosciences for many years and, with my role as a DWA, I am looking forward to advising people from any UCL department. UCL should be a great workplace for all and issues should be dealt with promptly.


Sukh Thiara
Sukh Thiara

Life Sciences
s.thiara@ucl.ac.uk

 


I work within the Faculty of Life Sciences as a Student Wellbeing Adviser. I am committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. I’m trained in active listening and will provide non-judgemental, empathetic, and supportive listening in a confidential space. I am passionate about ensuring a safe and equal workspace for all staff and students. I have experience with issues around LGBTQ+, disabilities, gender, mental health, and race.

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Selina Lovell
Selina Lovell

Department of Physics & Astronomy
selina.lovell@ucl.ac.uk

 


I am the Senior Teaching Administrator in Physics & Astronomy and have been at UCL since 2017 having previously worked at King's College London and for the NHS in teaching, research and clinical areas. I have worked extensively with students with different learning needs, Athena Swan submissions for Professional Services and working groups for gender equality.


Charlene Murphy
Charlene Murphy

Department of Physics & Astronomy
charlene.murphy@ucl.ac.uk

 


Charlene is the Research Officer for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She has previously worked as the Research Coordinator with BEAMS and as a Research Associate with the Institute of Archaeology at UCL.


Dimitra Stamogiannou
Department of Space & Climate Physics
d.stamogiannou@ucl.ac.uk
 

Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Meg Fluharty
Meg Fluharty

Institute of Epidemiology & Health
m.fluharty@ucl.ac.uk

 


Meg Fluharty is a Research Fellow in epidemiology/statistics in the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. Her background is in epidemiology and health behaviour research. She believes the workplace should be a fair, inclusive, and safe environment for all members of staff and is happy to provide a non-judgemental space for people to consider their available options to make their experiences at work more positive.

Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences

Rebecca Jennings
Rebecca Jennings (currently on research leave so unable to accept new requests)

Department of History
r.jennings@ucl.ac.uk

 


I joined UCL in 2016 and I currently work in the History Department as an Associate Professor in Modern Gender History.  In my research I’ve spent twenty years researching lesbian history and I’m interested in histories of gender, sexuality, race and marginalised communities more broadly.  I’m really committed to helping make UCL an inclusive place for everyone to work and study and I’m currently the Inclusion Lead in the History Department. I am also the staff facilitator for the History’s LGBTQ+ staff student network and I am a member of the UCL LGBTQ+ Equality Steering Group.  

Faculty of the Built Environment

Naz Siddique
Naz Siddique

The Bartlett School of Architecture
n.siddique@ucl.ac.uk


 

I work in Professional Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Being treated with dignity and respect in the workplace is fundamental to our overall well-being. Too often people suffer in silence and labour on under the impression that there is no one to turn to, and little they can do to address difficult issues and improve things. As a dignity advisor I offer a friendly, safe, and non-judgemental dialogue.

Professional Services

June Campbell

Finance and Business Affairs
june.campbell@ucl.ac.uk

I am the UCL Insurance Manager, part of Legal Services in Finance and Business Affairs. Having been in my current role for nearly 10 years I've been through a few restructures and changes to the working environment with colleagues. Work is a big part of most people's lives and I feel it's important that the time we spend there, should on the whole be a positive experience, however, other factors can sometimes contribute to the opposite. It's better if possible, to deal with an issue in the early stages. I have previous experience as an online mentor for an anti-bullying charity.


Yasmin Walker

Information Services Division
yasmin.walker@ucl.ac.uk


Danielle Swanson

Students' Union UCL
d.swanson@ucl.ac.uk
*Danielle is on leave and not currently fulfilling this role

Provost & Vice-Provost Offices

Lillie Chopamba
Lillie Chopamba (staff only)

Student and Registry Services
l.chopamba@ucl.ac.uk

 


I have recently joined UCL as a Resources and Operations Administrator in the Student and Registry services. I have degrees in Psychology and Human Resources Management and Employment Relations. It is very important to have initiatives in place to ensure the workplace is not only an environment in which individuals can feel free to be themselves and want work hard, but one they also feel safe in. I am proud to be part of UCL's effort to ensure this.

School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES)

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UCL Institute of Education

Shanna Tran
Shanna Tran

IOE - Directorate
s.tran@ucl.ac.uk
*Shanna is on secondment and not currently fulfilling this role


I joined UCL in May 2017 and currently support School of Management students in Careers as an administrator for the Employer Engagement team. I graduated in Psychology & Marketing and have completed an course in Introduction to Counselling. I am also one of four directors for the Counselling Space, a community interest company that offers free talking therapy to all. UCL should be a positive empowering environment for you to work at. I urge colleagues to contact a DAW Advisor to understand the available options and create change where possible.


Grace Jackson-Cole
Grace Jackson-Cole

IOE - Governance & Operations
grace.cole@ucl.ac.uk

 


I currently work in the Recruitment and Payments team in the Institute of Education. Prior to this I worked for 8 years within a refugee charity providing advice and support to refugees and asylum seekers. In my spare time I volunteer as a mentor to young people from disadvantaged areas.
Passionate about fairness and equality of opportunity, I am able to provide a safe and non-judgemental space in which people can consider all their available options and find a positive way forward.


Amanda McCrory
Amanda McCrory

IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
a.mccrory@ucl.ac.uk


 

Dr. Amanda McCrory is a Lecturer in Science and Primary Education at the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. She has been working in education for over twenty years; in both schools, as a teacher and leader, and more recently as an academic in higher education. She is passionate about engaging schools and young people in STEM learning; enabling students to become scientifically literate so they can become fully engaged citizens of the future. Her research is driven by social justice and a passion to address inequalities in education and society, giving all children, but especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, life chances. She also co-edits of the Journal of Emergent Science. She has an interest in research on ethics, pedagogy, class and race, and education. As a dignity advisor, Amanda can offer you confidential advice on various options to resolve your situation if you have experienced bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct.


Gideon Sappor
Gideon Sappor

IOE - Learning & Leadership
gideon.sappor.14@ucl.ac.uk

 


Gideon is a Lecturer (teaching), working across different teacher education programmes at the Department of Learning and Leadership at the IoE. His lecturing commitments also include the Education MA and as a dissertation supervisor.  He is also involved in supervision of doctoral students. He has over 11 years’ experience as a primary class teacher, serving various roles in the classroom and whole school leadership.


Lisa Fridkin
Lisa Fridkin

IOE - Social Research Institute
lisa.fridkin.14@ucl.ac.uk

 


Hello, I am a Lecturer in Psychology in the Social Research Institute. I have worked at UCL since 2018 but joined the UCL community in 2009 as a PG student in the Dept. of Psychology and Human Development. We spend so much time at work, it can be very challenging if things aren't right. Somebody listening and offering impartial and practical advice can be an important step in getting things back on track. I trained as a Dignity Advisor so I can support colleagues who do not find their workplace a fair and inclusive environment.


Marta Wasik
Marta Wasik

IOE - Social Research Institute
m.wasik@ucl.ac.uk

 


I joined UCL in 2019 and I am currently on secondment as a Departmental Administrator at the Social Research Institute. I firmly believe everyone should feel safe and respected at their place of work and I hope that I can contribute to this as Dignity Advisor. If you are looking for someone who will listen, or would like to explore available options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.   

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Safiyyah Patel
UCL Medical School
safiyyah.patel@ucl.ac.uk

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