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Appointment of new Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion)

17 December 2020

Professor Sasha Roseneil, Dean of Social and Historical Sciences, has been appointed as UCL’s first Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion).

Photo of Sasha Roseneil

The new role provides senior academic leadership on all aspects of UCL’s equity and inclusion goals, including collaborating with senior leaders across the institution to help facilitate cultural change. The new Pro Vice-Provost will engage with students and staff and help ensure that equity and inclusion are core elements across all of UCL’s strategies.

Professor Roseneil says: ‘It’s a great honour to be appointed as UCL’s first Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion). I want to see UCL continuing to make ever bolder and more impactful interventions to create a radically more equitable, inclusive and diverse university community. In this I believe we should be guided both by robust data and evidence, and by our institution’s founding values of equality and openness. This work must also foreground the voices and experiences of those who have been historically marginalised within, and excluded from, UCL.

I look forward to working with colleagues and students from across UCL to ensure that the promotion of equity and inclusion, across the full range of ‘equalities fields’, is always seriously present in our decision-making, and in the daily practices of academic life. There is already a great community of people working on these issues, and so much more we can do together. I can’t wait to get started - after we have all had a proper winter break!’

Announcing the appointment, Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Vice Provost (International and Advancement) says: ‘Professor Roseneil is an excellent appointment, as she brings such a strong research background and understanding on equity along with a deep personal commitment and vision. The remit of the role is expansive and covers all equity areas, from admissions and education to employment and research. As an institution we have made progress on gender, and we are working hard on race equity, so in addition to this we need to ensure we are also making gains on disability and LGBTQ+,  religion and belief and socio-economic background. This year, the pandemic has rendered even more visible the extent and impact of inequality in our society and so the appointment of a new Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) is timely’.

For more information about UCL’s objectives for the year, please see the Equity and Inclusion Plan 2020-21

Professor Sasha Roseneil Biography

Sasha Roseneil is Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences and Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science in the Institute of Advanced Studies. Before coming to UCL in 2018, she had been Executive Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Essex, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Head of the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, and founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds. She brings to the role of Pro Vice Provost (Equity and Inclusion) a long track record of research and teaching on issues of gender, sexuality and intimate life, and a concern with questions of citizenship and belonging, particularly for members of marginalised and racialised groups.