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The Centre hosts an interdisciplinary mix of academics, practitioners and professional services staff. A number of academic staff from across the University are closely affiliated with the Centre, increasing our reach and impact across al Colleges and professional services departments

Head and founding director

Prof Belinda Colston

Head and founding director

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Belinda is Founding Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre and Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Cultural Heritage at the University of Lincoln (UK). She specialises in the development and evaluation of EDI strategies and interventions, and their impact across the sector. Belinda has been the strategic lead for gender equality at the University since 2012, assessing best practice, and developing a range of sector-leading initiatives for the support and sustained career development of female academics in STEMM disciplines. 

Belinda is an established research leader, PhD programme director, facilitator of large multi-centre and multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects, and an experienced team builder. She is the Director of the EPSRC ASPIRE programme, which aims to deliver a web-based platform for building effective EDI strategies towards inclusive environments, and measuring the success (impact) of inclusion initiatives in terms of changing attitudes and behaviours. Academic profile

Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

Prof Abigail Powell

Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

Abigail is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Lincoln (UK), where she holds positions in the Eleanor Glanville Centre and as Consultancy Lead in the College of Social Science.

Abigail’s research is underpinned by her passion for social justice and equality. Abigail is an expert in the gender division of labour (in the home and workplace), with a particular focus on gender in male dominated occupations; youth studies; financial wellbeing and complex evaluation and impact measurement.

Abigail has published widely in sociology, social policy, management and industrial relations journals, as well as translating research findings for a range of audiences, including academics, policy-makers and the public. Abigail has attracted research income over AUD$5million working with, and delivering research for government, not-for-profits and industry, including for example National Australia Bank (NAB), Macquarie Group Foundation, Homelessness NSW, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, Good Shepherd Microfinance, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and yourtown. Abigail has strong leadership and relationship management skills and is an experienced project manager and mentor. Abigail is a mixed method researcher with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis.

Abigail is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) UNSW Sydney and has previously held positions at UNSW Sydney and Loughborough University. Academic profile

Director of Inclusive Development

Alison Mitchell

Director of Inclusive Development

Alison is an internationally recognised consultant working with senior executives, funders and research leaders in organisational capacity building, transformational change and talent development with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion in different research cultural contexts. She holds professional qualifications in management and executive coaching and enjoys developing leaders, individuals and teams, encouraging a systems approach to cultural change. Throughout her career, she has worked at senior level with a wide spectrum of education, business and government agencies, maintaining a strong commitment to enhancing opportunities for all in education, research, science and innovation.

Following a successful career in different universities, recognised as a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators, Alison became Director of Development for Vitae/CRAC, a non-profit educational charity, leading major national programmes for UK Research Councils and Funders.  The programmes involved accelerating the rise of researcher developers as a professional group, building networks for collaboration, and co-creating innovative training approaches and resources. The outcomes established researcher development in UK universities and positioned the UK as world leading in progressive professional development for researchers at all career stages.  Taking an international perspective on developing the next generation of researchers to meet global challenges, Alison has facilitated institutional capacity building in Africa, Australasia, South East Asia, North America, and Europe, working with research leaders and institutional champions, regional and national bodies, and research funders. 

Director (College of Arts)

Prof Lucie Armitt

Director (College of Arts)

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Lucie, Professor in Contemporary English Literature, is a specialist in the fields of contemporary women’s writing, the literary fantastic and the Gothic. She is an Associate Editor of the award-winning OUP journal Contemporary Women’s Writing and founding Treasurer of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association. Academic profile

Director (College of Social Sciences)

Prof Graham Law

Director (College of Social Sciences)

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Graham is Professor in Medical Statistics in the College of Social Science. He has published extensively in the causes of disease and poor health, and at the moment focusses on the consequences of good and poor sleep on metabolic and cardiovascular health. He now chairs the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team for the School of Health and Social Care. Academic profile

Director (Impact)

Dr Julie Bayley

Director (Impact)

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Dr Julie Bayley is the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln. She is an  impact specialist and Chartered Health Psychologist. Julie has been an applied researcher in behaviour change interventions since 2003 and now combines academic research, impact management and training to develop impact literacy across research environment. Julie is champion of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Special Interest Group, leads ARMA impact training and sits on the ARMA Professional Development Committee. In 2015 she won the inaugural ARMA Impact award in recognition of her national reputation for building impact capacity. Julie is currently commissioned as Emerald Publishing Impact Literacy Advisor to support their ‘Real World Impact’ programme and works particularly with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to strengthen impact governance and impact of public and patient involvement. You can find Julie on Twitter (@JulieEBayley) or visit her blog for more information. Academic profile

Director (Industry)

Ruchi Aggarwal

Director (Industry)

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Ruchi is a Marketing and Strategy professional with over 2 decades of multi-industry, cross cultural experience in UK and India, with a track record of success and innovation. She has worked with diverse industry sectors – Sports @ Scottish Rugby at Edinburgh; Telecom @ Vodafone in India; IT @ Microsoft, in India - before joining the Higher Education sector with us at the University of Lincoln in September 2016. She currently is the Director for Business Development at the Lincoln International Business School and is keenly involved in our strategy of expanding into India.

Ruchi is a keen speaker at Industry events via her brand @RuchiSpeak - both in the UK and internationally. She speaks on a range of topics, including some under the EDI umbrella that are very close to her heart: Personal Branding and Inspring Women Leaders. She was Microsoft India’s representative to the AnitaB.Org Institute which runs the renowned Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC). 

Ruchi has received many awards for her work over the course of her career. Recently, she received both the ‘Most Influential Marketing Leaders Award’ and ‘Women Leadership Award’ for her work in inspiring women across levels to wire themselves for success. Staff profile

Director (Students)

Megan Walker

Director (Students)

Megan is a PhD candidate and associate lecturer in the College of Arts, University of Lincoln. Megan’s research project is a medical humanities thesis on the subject of narrative representations of intersex individuals. Megan explores intersex narratives in a range of texts including medical texts, patient case histories, fiction, life-writing, televisual series and the media with the aim of establishing how intersex representations and cultural in/visibility has changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Megan has a keen interest in public engagement, interdisciplinary research and collaboration to further develop intersex knowledge, visibility and acceptance in academia and beyond.  

Distinguished Professor in Social Research

Prof Steve McKay

Distinguished Professor in Social Research

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Steve McKay is a Distinguished Professor in Social Research in the School of Social & Political Sciences. He joined the University in April 2013. Between 2007 and 2013 he was Professor in Social Research at the University of Birmingham, where he was also Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre from 2010. He specialises in social research; inequality; family policy; quantitative methods; social security and pensions. Academic profile

Project Manager

Dr Nicole Fielding

Project Manager

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Nicole is responsible for managing many of the equality initiatives run through the Centre. With a PhD in heritage science, Nicole was a co-founder of the Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls, and is a keen advocate of promoting early science engagement through hands-on activities that are both challenging and fun. Staff profile

Research Fellow

Dr Mariana Pinho

Research Fellow

Mariana obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Lincoln, where she focused on caregiving fathers and breadwinning mothers, analysing division of work and family roles, sexism and gender ideologies, work and life balance related issues. Prior to that, she received her MSc in Psychology and wrote her thesis on the effects of marital status and sexual orientation on social judgements, exploring the gender belief systems and perceptions of homosexuality. Mariana has also collaborated in research projects related to the concept of Masculinity in the UK and Student engagement fostering inclusion and integration of international students in the University. She has also carried out policy analysis, impact assessment and evaluation studies of policy measures for different projects appointed by the European Commission and local government (mainly in the areas of gender equality, research and innovation and equal opportunities). Academic profile

Research Fellow

Dr Udeni Salmon

Research Fellow

Udeni holds a MA (Joint Hons) in English and Russian from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Computation from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Open University. Her research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery. Academic profile

Project Officer

Leila Lamoureux

Project Officer

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Leila coordinates much of the operational business of the Centre. She facilitates our events - from focus groups to international conferences - our training and support programmes, and builds our networks through staff and student engagement, and across the wider community.

Leila is currently studying for a Masters by Research in Experimental Psychology, with a keen interest in stereotype threat in children, in both literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Staff profile

Research Student

Rebecca Brunk

Research Student

Rebecca was awarded a MA in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Leeds. She wrote her thesis on the influence inclusive leadership has on organizational culture, analyzing the impact it has on women and LGBTQ+ employees from a cross cultural UK-US perspective. Prior to that, she graduated from Michigan State University with a BSc in Neuroscience and a BSc in Psychology. She was published in Neuropharmacology in 2017 for her behavioral science research on identifying the neurobiological timeline of symptoms for addiction and depression in response to trauma. She has collaborated on projects related to health physiology, workplace behaviour, social connectivity, stress and emotional regulation, and most recently has been involved in the preservation of oral histories from LGBTQ+ people across West Yorkshire. She was a TEDx speaker in 2015, and has organized multiple conferences, taught workshops and facilitated conversations on the impact of diversity and inclusion.