Baroness Diana Warwick of Undercliffe
Gender Equality Champion
Member of Council
I am currently the Chair of the Human Tissue Authority. Before that I was the CEO of Universities UK, where I was responsible for representing the interests of 130 universities throughout the UK. My other roles have included CEO of the Association of University Teachers and Chair of Voluntary Services Overseas. I am a Member of the House of Lords and have been a Labour life peer since 1999. From my experiences working at UUK and in politics, I know how much progress on gender equality has been made over the course of my career. However, I am aware that there remain some significant challenges for women in leadership positions, in academia in particular.
Professor Sasha Roseneil
Race Equality Champion
Dean of Social and Historical Sciences
London is a hugely diverse, multicultural city that has grown and thrived through the energy, creativity and hard work of successive waves of immigrants from around the world. As London’s global university, and with openness to people of all backgrounds and beliefs a fundamental part of our history, UCL must, I believe, place the struggle for the full inclusion of black and minority ethnic students and staff at the heart of everything we do. Racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity are antithetical to our values and purpose.
As Race Champion on UCL’s senior management team, I am committed to ensuring that we continually challenge ourselves to deepen and broaden our understanding of the profound, entrenched racialized patterns of discrimination and inequality that structure our university, as they do other universities and indeed the whole of British society. We need to listen to colleagues and students from minoritized groups, to hear and respond to their experiences, and to be prepared to take action to transform our institution.
Dame Nicole Brewer
Gender Equality Champion
Vice Provost (International)
Part of the reason I joined UCL a year ago was its reputation as the first university in England to admit women on equal terms to men. I'm delighted to have a chance to contribute, as one of UCL's Gender Champions, to continue that progressive tradition. My commitment to gender equality was honed when I worked in the Department for International Development and learned that the single best development intervention is to educate a girl as a child - because it benefits her, her family, her community and the wider economy. The same commitment led me to become CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where I campaigned for shared parental leave among other things. I look forward to working with the UCL community - men and women - to champion gender equality: There's lots more to do!
Office of the Vice Provost (Advancement)
I joined UCL in 2011 and my portfolio includes leading the £600m philanthropic Campaign for UCL “it’s all academic” and the Communications and Marketing function for UCL.
In my role I meet staff, students and alumni from a range of backgrounds, cultures and countries and the role of faith in our community is underestimated but significant. UCL is often the first opportunity to meet people of different faiths for the first time. As Interfaith Champion I collaborate widely to promote understanding, respect, positive relationships and constructive dialogue between people of all faiths and none.
Professor Anthony Smith
LGBTQ+ Equality Champion
Vice Provost (Education)
I joined UCL in January 2012 when I took up the newly-created role of Vice Provost in Education. At the time of joining UCL I was struck by the incredible importance attached to its founding values and mission. The values of openness and opportunity are just as important today as they were in 1826 and that applies particularly to LGBTQ+ colleagues. Much good work has already been achieved but it is clear that there are areas of the organisation where colleagues feel uneasy with being open about their identity and sexuality. I am honoured to have been asked to be the LGBTQ+ Champion and I will work tirelessly across the community so that we can all be comfortable and open about who we are.
Lord John Sharkey
LGBTQ+ Equality Champion
I am a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. As an undergraduate, I was taught mathematics by Robin Gandy, Alan Turing’s only doctoral student and his closest friend. I knew, from an early age, what had happened to Turing and to others convicted as he was simply for being gay. When I was appointed to the Lords, I tried to persuade the Government to grant a pardon to Turing and to all others, living and dead, similarly convicted. The Government resisted and eventually I brought forward a private member’s Bill to grant Turing a pardon. I made it clear that should the Bill succeed, then a more general pardon should be given. The Bill was enthusiastically supported by the Lords and, eventually by the Government with the grant of a Royal pardon. I followed this up by successfully amending another Bill to extend the pardon to all those, living and dead, convicted as Turing was. I learned an enormous amount about the gay community in the course of the pardon campaign. I became even more convinced of the continuing need to protect and advance the interests of the LGBTQ+ community.
I am very proud to be UCL’s LGBTQ+ champion.