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Northumbria University has a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion and this is reflected in our governance and management arrangements. 

Our approach to delivering our EDI agenda necessarily combines wide staff engagement, network support, and programme delivery, overseen by Executive leadership and Board level security. 

Responsibility for overseeing, monitoring and reporting on the progress of EDI matters lies with the EDI Committee which is chaired by Professor Andy Long, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University, and is supported by four EDI Subgroups. These are the Gender Equality Steering Group, Disability Steering Group, LGBTQ* Steering Group and Race Equality Steering Group. 

The EDI governance structure is as follows:

Graphic flowchart of EDI Governance. The highest level is Board of Governors. The University Executive formally reports to the Board of Governors. The EDI Committee formally reports to the University Executive. The following groups formally report to the EDI Committee: Disability Equality Steering Group (Chair: Simon Newitt), Gender Equality Steering Group (Chair: Caron Gentry), LGBT\Q* Steering Group (Chair: Maureen McLaughlin), Race Equality Steering Group (Chair: Tom Lawson) and EDI Operational Group (Chair: Maureen McLaughlin). The Accessibility Review Group formally reports to the Disability Equality Steering Group. The Disabled staff network is invited to report to the Disability Equality Steering Group. The Women's Staff Network is invited to report to the Gender Equality Steering Group. The LGBTQ* Network is invited to report to the LGBTQ* Equality Steering Group. The BAME Staff Network and Race Equality Consultative Group report to the Race Equality Steering Group. 


For more information, please contact the EDI team

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