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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 a confidential information service to staff on issues relating to bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

All Dignity Advisors are volunteers who work in a variety of roles across campus and carry out this task in addition to their day jobs.  Dignity Advisors receive two full days of additional training on the bullying and harassment, and the University’s Dignity at Work Statement. 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 harassment or discrimination, you can contact an advisor and get support through the report and support online form: just go to the report section of this site. Dignity Advisors are also available to staff who have been accused of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination.

Dignity at Work 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 Dignity at Work Statement
  • 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 at Work 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


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Adam Harris
Political Science

Michael Sulu
Biochemical
Engineering

Michelle Mhlanga
Science, Technology,
Engineering and Public
Policy

Further Information

Adam Harris
Email: adam.s.harris@ucl.ac.uk

I joined UCL as a Lecturer in Development Politics in the Department of Political Science in January 2018. I have seen the negative personal and institutional effects of bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct in a variety of professional settings. The work place should be a positive and enjoyable environment, but when it is not, I think it is important to seek to address problems as soon as possible to minimise negative impacts.


Michael Sulu
Email: 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.


Michelle Mhlanga
Email: m.mhlanga@ucl.ac.uk

I am an HR and Facilities Officer in the department of STEaPP, Faculty of Engineering.  Working in HR has enabled me to be exposed to a wide range of issues staff face and the resources available to deal with issues. I feel it is important that every staff member should be able to go into a work environment that is supportive and free from bullying, intimidation and harassment.

 

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Sandrine Geranton
Cell and
Developmental Biology

Suneeta Nathan
Institute of
Education

Ruhana Begum
Bartlett School of
Construction and
Project Management

Further Information

Sandrine Geranton
Email: 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. 


Suneeta Nathan
Email: s.nathan@ucl.ac.uk

I work as the Professional Staff Team Lead in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science having moved to UCL from Imperial.  I’m also the co-chair of the ICS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and have a keen interest in ensuring the University is a place where all  staff and students can feel included, comfortable, valued, accepted and happy.  We spend so much time here, I feel it is very important that the University is a healthy and positive environment for all. 


Ruhana Begum
Email: ruhana.begum@ucl.ac.uk

I am part of the Teaching and Learning team for the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management.  A workplace is an environment where an individual spends an immense amount of time and therefore I strongly believe our workplace should engender a positive environment for all. My role as a Dignity Advisor will allow me to create an approachable atmosphere whereby individuals will be comfortable to take the first step to seeking impartial advice, in order to combat bullying and harassment in their own workplace. 

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Grace Jackson-Cole
Institute of
Education

Luiza Campos
Civil, Environmental and
Geomatic Engineering

Jonny Rae
Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Further Information

Grace Jackson-Cole
Email: 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. 


Luiza Campos
Email: 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. 


Jonny Rae
Email: jonathan.rae@ucl.ac.uk

I'm a Reader and Head of Group at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL, studying the aurora, and space weather and I've been at UCL since 2013. I am a "Male Ally" for my Department and deputy Chair of the Department’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team as we work towards a JUNO award.
I will be a friendly and non-judgemental point of contact for those who may otherwise be discouraged to report situations because they feel that no effective action is taken or that their situations are dismissed.  I aim to help make uncomfortable conversations much more comfortable for those in need.

I'm based in sunny Dorking away from the central UCL campus, but I am very happy to travel to  London to have those conversations. 

 

Dominique Drai

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Dominique Drai
Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Leda Parker
Faculty of the Built Environment 

Selina Lovell
Physics and
Astronomy

Further Information
Dominique Drai

Email: 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.


Leda Parker
Email: l.parker@ucl.ac.uk

I’ve worked at UCL for 11 years, currently as a PA and administrator (at the Bartlett) and formerly as a medical students’ placement co-ordinator. I have also worked as an adult trainer. I have witnessed the far-reaching consequences of unresolved issues in the workplace and understand the value of resolving things early, and informally, where possible.

 

I studied Social Anthropology, and have had international student and academic lodgers for over 15 years, which has deepened my understanding of varying cultures and communication styles. As a creative person I spend a lot of time on artistic projects, and to balance this, I am drawn to giving time to supporting others, to help cultivate a better world. If you feel you may have suffered harassment, bullying or victimisation, don’t be shy to contact an advisor as a starting point. It won’t commit you to take any action. It can help enormously to just air your concerns and explore options. Don’t suffer alone – a problem shared, can be more than halved.


Selina Lovell
Email: 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.

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Caroline Selai

 

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Shanna Tran
UCL Careers

Caroline Selai
Institute of Neurology

Lillie Chopamba
(Staff only)
Student and Registry Services

Further Information

Shanna Tran
Email: s.tran@ucl.ac.uk

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 environemnt for you to work at. I urge colleagues to contact a DAW Advisor to understand the available options and create change where possible. 


Caroline Selai
Email: 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”.


Lillie Chopamba
Email: 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. 

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Wendy Birch
Anatomy Library

Anthony Makrinos
Greek and Latin

Sukh Thiara
Mathematics

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Wendy Birch
Email: 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.


Anthony Makrinos
Email: 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.


Sukh Thiara
Email: s.thiaral@ucl.ac.uk

I joined the Department of Mathematics in 2016 as a Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator.  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.

June Cambell

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June Campbell
Finance and Business Affairs

Nicola Phillips
Chemistry

Chamkaur Ghag
Physics and Astronomy

Further Information

June Campbell
Tel: 020 3108 8996 ext. 58996
Email: 
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. 


Nicola Phillips
Email: n.phillips@ucl.ac.uk 

I currently work in the Department of Chemistry as Senior HR Administrator.  I have been at UCL for many years working in various departments and various roles.  I believe we should all be able to work free from bullying and harassment and as a Dignity Advisor, I am here to listen and support.  


Chamkaur Ghag
Email: c.ghag@ucl.ac.uk

I am an associate professor of physics within the High Energy Physics Group. My research focusses on trying to identify the nature of the Dark Matter in the Universe. I am the Chair of the Dark Matter UK (DMUK) consortium and Chair of STFC’s Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel. I earned my Masters degree at the University of London, PhD at the University of Edinburgh and was a research scientist at UCLA before taking up a lectureship at UCL in 2012. I a member of the LZ Dark Matter search experiment within an international collaboration of some 250 people. I serve as a member of the LZ collaboration's Equity & Inclusion committee. I believe everybody is entitled to dignity at work and I am pleased to be part of the team helping to address issues at UCL

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Sudax Murdan
School of Pharmacy

Ione Karney
Primary Care and Population Health

Jacob Dobias
Information Services Division

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Sudax Murdan
Email: s.murdan@ucl.ac.uk

I am an Associate Professor at the UCL School of Pharmacy, have worked at the School for 20 years and been a mentor at the School and outside.  I feel very strongly that bullying and harassment need to be confronted for a good working environment.  It doesn’t usually get better by itself with time. Discussion with a colleague in confidence is a great help and sometimes it is possible to nip the problem in the bud. Do get in touch.


Ione Karney
Email: i.karney@ucl.ac.uk

I am currently HR and Finance administrator for Primary Care and Population Health, a research department of Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. Having been with UCL since 2004, I have worked in a number of departments and various roles from reception to general admin to EA to Head of Department. I am also a Wellbeing Champion as well as a Dignity at Work Adviser. I strongly believe everyone has the right to a safe working environment. 


Jacob Dobias
Email: j.dobias@ucl.ac.uk

I work in Project Support Services, part of the Information Services Division at UCL. I am originally from Canada, and I have lived in the UK for over four years. I aim to make workspaces at UCL more secure for my peers, and I want to empower people to find solutions to challenges they are facing. I have experience with, and relate to, issues around gender, disability, and LGBTQ+.