The Joint EDI (JEDI) Partnership is Lincoln's new space for transformational and progressive EDI. The JEDI team brings together leading EDI researchers within the EGC, EDI experts in HR, the Organisational Development team, the Students' Union, Student Services, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the Communications, Development & Marketing team. Its role is to rethink EDI at Lincoln – to work together…differently – building, driving and implementing the University's EDI agenda.
Jointly led by Belinda Colston and Ben Anim, JEDI provides a space where transformational and progressive EDI strategy is developed. It is a central resource for staff and students across the University − increasing awareness and visibility of discrimination, making known our equality initiatives, giving insight to our progress against strategic equality aims & objectives, developing new research-informed strategies and initiatives, and celebrating the successes of all our staff.
JEDI works collaboratively with staff and student networks to develop and deliver the EDI agenda across the University, bringing a wealth of lived experiences to the creation of policies and initiatives that support the drive for an inclusive and diverse community.
JEDI reports to the University's Inclusion Committee.
Prof Belinda Colston
Head of the EGC
Belinda is Founding Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre. 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. Her role has now expanded more broadly across EDI.
Belinda is an established research leader, 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. Staff profile
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Ben joined the University in 2020 as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, He has over 15 years’ experience as a HR and EDI practitioner within the construction, finance and HE sectors.
Ben’s work has focused on developing tools and strategies to help organisations best support their employees and provide solutions to complex equality, diversity and inclusion challenges. His passion in equalities, combined with practical knowledge of human relations, has been central to the successful delivery of EDI initiatives.
Ben's interests lie in race/ethnic relations and how they are addressed in developing inclusive organisations. Staff profile
Organisational Development Manager
Tracey has worked at the University since 2008, and manages the Organisational Development (OD) Team within the HR department. The OD team are responsible for supporting staff in the development of their skills, behaviours and knowledge through a wide variety of tools and methods. At the same time, Tracey works with senior managers to deliver improvement and innovation at an organisational level.
Tracey is the Aurora champion for the University and has a strong interest in EDI, particularly within a training context. Tracey also specialises in leadership and management training delivery. Staff profile
Head of Student Services
Jacqueline started working at the University in 1997 as the first Education Liaison Officer at the Lincoln campus, working with Schools and Colleges to recruit students to courses and engage with parents and teachers. She also ran the University open days and recruitment events for a number of years before moving on to become the International Recruitment Manager, representing the University overseas at recruitment events in China, India and South East Asia. Following this, she set up the University's first English Language Centre which combined her recruitment experience with her previous TEFL teaching and developed a new pre-sessional English programme for international students.
In 2014 Jacqueline took on the role of Head of Student Services and oversees support teams across the University including the Student Wellbeing, Student Support, English Language and Multi-Faith Chaplaincy. Jacqueline is keen on ensuring that the student experience is key to their success and works with other departments and Colleges on promoting the wellbeing of students from all backgrounds. Staff profile
Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Coordinator
Subash joined the University of Lincoln in 2012 as the Ecumenical Chaplain. Born in South India, in a small town in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, Subash studied for two theological degrees at seminary. He has a BA in history, MA in Sociology, and PGD in Gender Equality. Subash studied interfaith relations and reconciliation at the Henry Martyn Institute (HMI), Hyderabad, India, and was present during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
A break from his studies saw him overseeing HMI’s rehabilitation work on the coast of Tamil Nadu, co-organising women self-help groups across the coastal area in Nagaptinam, and working with partners in Trichy to lead a trauma counselling team. He worked with children and all age groups affected by the tsunami – bringing together local communities, breaking down caste barriers, and helping all ages cope with the disaster. He worked with fishermen to reclaim their livelihood and farmers to reclaim their farm land.
Subash was also part of reconciliation work in North-East India and Northern Sri Lanka – working for peace in very troubled regions to prevent full-blown war – and, with a close friend, established the Institute for Rural Community Service (IRCS), setting up the Little Elephant School (Keeranur, Trichy) in 2012. Now based in the UK, Subash founded the Centre for Reconciliation in Lincoln, an inter-faith organisation that aims to replace religious and cultural fears and hatreds with understanding and respect. The Centre was launched at the University of Lincoln on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2019.
Head of Content, Communications Development & Marketing
Laura joined the University in 2016, working across several teams within the Communications, Development, and Marketing Department. She now manages the Content team, who are responsible for producing printed and digital content and literature, managing the corporate website, and delivering multimedia advertising campaigns to raise the profile of the University. Staff profile
Dr Nicole Fielding
Nicole has been at the University since 2007, initially as a postgraduate student, and then joining the University as a member of staff in 2012. She is responsible for managing many of the equality initiatives run through the Centre, including coordinating our Athena Swan activities, and developing a series of EDI-related microcredentials. With a PhD in heritage science, Nicole is 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
Vice President Campaigns and Environment, Students' Union
Bailey is the lead Sabbatical Officer to the Students’ Union’s Campaigns Network, whose aim is to tackle topical issues, raise awareness, and gather student feedback in order to make the campus accessible and inclusive to all. Students' Union
Vice President International, Students' Union
Amina is the lead Students' Union Sabbatical Officer for the engagement, support and representation of international (including EU) students, and their integration into the overall student experience at the University of Lincoln. Students' Union
EDI Research Assistant
Rebecca works within the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI) as an institutional researcher and evaluator for the University of Lincoln Access and Participation Plan. She also supports the Human Resources Department Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team through research and evaluation of institutional initiatives. Rebecca's research interests include widening participation in higher education, social justice in education, student engagement and student mental health. Staff profile
Equalities Portfolio Manager
Leila oversees the planning, development, and implementation of the portfolio of equalities-related projects within the Centre. Engaging with staff and students across the institution, Leila facilitates a range of activities that support open dialogue, communication, consultation and feedback opportunities, and determine the impact of equalities-related initiatives and projects. Staff profile