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The Centre is led by a team of Directors, including a representative from each of the University's four Colleges, an HR specialist, an impact specialist, a strategy and marketing specialist and a postgraduate student representative. The Directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the Centre, and are supported by a project manager and administrator

Director (Science)

Prof Belinda Colston

Director (Science)

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Belinda, Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Cultural Heritage, has been leading the University’s gender equality initiatives in STEM since 2012. A nuclear chemist by training, she is particularly interested in the progression of female academics in STEM subject areas and has developed a number of supportive initiatives at Lincoln. Academic profile

Director (Arts)

Prof Lucie Armitt

Director (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 (Social Sciences)

Prof Graham Law

Director (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 (Business)

Dr Deirdre Anderson

Director (Business)

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Deirdre is Head of the Department of People & Organisations. Her research interests include  gendered careers, women’s management pipeline, flexibility, and work and family (especially in different cultures).  In all of her work she seeks to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion, challenging the often unconscious processes which can limit individual actions and organizational practices.  With a background in executive education, Deirdre specialises in women only leadership programmes. Academic profile

Director (HR)

Umar Zamman

Director (HR)

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Umar is Head of Engagement, Equality & Organisational Development in  the Human Resources Department. He is an accomplished and focused HR leader, with a passion for developing and executing HR, OD and diversity strategies that deliver business results. Umar is currently on the board of Universities HR (UHR), the national body representing HR in the UK HE sector, and also sits on the Association of Commonwealth Universities International HR in HE Committee. He has many years' experience at director level and was most recently Executive Director of People and Organisational Development at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. In the past, Umar has held executive roles in the NHS, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Policing Sector, National Police College, Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Home Office, where he was an adviser to senior government Ministers including the Home Secretary. 

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

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 provides project and administrative support to the team. If you call the Centre, you are likely to speak to Leila, as she acts as our main point of contact! 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.