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 all Colleges and professional services departments
Prof Belinda Colston
Head and founding director
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
Prof Abigail Powell
Director of Research
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 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 of Inclusive Practice
Ben joined the University in 2020 as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Human Resources Department. In 2022 he became the Director of Inclusive Practice in the new Eleanor Glanville Institute. 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
Dr Hanya Pielichaty
Director of Student Inclusion
Hanya is Associate Professor within the Lincoln International Business School and holds subject specialisms in sports business management, project management and the sociology of sport. Hanya has utilised her background as a former footballer to shape and curate her research journey as an expert in gender and equality. Her research on girls’ and women’s football explores the complexities of family relationships and gender identities formed, consolidated and challenged within the patriarchal boundaries of British football. A focus on gender justice features heavily in Hanya’s published work covering sport and higher education whereby research is used to frame and catalyse social change across organisations. In both scholarship and teaching, Hanya places particular emphasis on the importance of everyday experiences, voice and empowerment. The dismantling of power relations in research and educational practice is pioneered by Hanya who challenges conventional methodological approaches to knowledge acquisition.
Hanya champions inclusivity through academic leadership and has managed several student-led projects that have engaged with wider members of the community. Of particular importance is the Digital Student Ambassador Group (DSAG) Hanya founded in 2015 which was shortlisted by the Lincolnshire Technology and Innovation Awards for Innovation in Education. Institutionally, Hanya leads the Digital Leadership and Governance strand for the Digital Transformation Education Programme. From a national perspective, Hanya sits on the Football Collective management board as the joint Equality and Diversity Lead and is also a mentor for the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network.
Hanya’s research as Director of Student Inclusion seeks to platform student voice and lead an agenda to deconstruct the meaning and praxis of ‘othering’ in higher education. Gender polarised educational spaces and practices will be of particular significance in tackling inequalities. Academic profile
Equalities Portfolio Manager
Leila oversees the planning, development, and implementation of the portfolio of equalities-related projects within the Centre. She coordinates and manages the consultancy and contract research within the Centre. She is an experienced focus group facilitator, and leads the EGC’s focus group programme, accessing the voice of minority groups across the University. Her evidence-based research informs the development of EDI initiatives, policies and practices.
She undertakes equality audits on marketing and recruitment materials and outreach activities across the institution. Leila has written equality impact assessments for decision-making policies and practices within the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). She has implemented the inclusive recruitment system for PhD students across the University, analysing equality data to mitigate against bias in policy and practices. She manages awareness campaigns, fostering a sense of belonging for staff and student and has established staff support networks across the institution. Staff profile
Dr Nicole Fielding
Equalities Project Manager
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
EDI Compliance Manager
Hayley has been working in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for over 13 years across public, private and third sectors. She has a range of experiences including developing strategy, managing equality-related projects and delivering equality training. Hayley joined the HR Department at the University in 2021, working within the EDI Team, building relationships and ensuring that equality is embedded in policy and practice.
In 2022, Hayley moved into the Eleanor Glanville Institute, taking on the role of EDI Compliance Manager to ensure delivery of the Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments. Hayley also supports with a number of equality-related projects, including the University's cultural and diversity calendar of events.
Sue Liburd MBE
Sue champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does, promoting the importance and understanding of intersectionality and equality as a driver for business success. She was awarded an MBE in 2016 in recognition for her services to Business, Charities and Voluntary organisations. This year, she was named among the HERoes 100 Women Executives 2020.
Sue is Deputy Chair and BAME Lead for the NHS England Armed Forces Public Patient Voice (PPV) Advisory Group, Member of the Seacole Group (national BAME NHSE NEDs Group), Council Member of the Memorial Gates, Founding member of the Black Leaders Forum, and Chair of the Black Inclusion Week Task Force.
Dr Mariana Pinho
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
Rebecca works both within the Eleanor Glanville Institute and the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI). As well as carrying out academic research, she is an evaluator for the University of Lincoln Access and Participation Plan. Rebecca's research interests include widening participation in higher education, social justice in education, student engagement and student mental health. Staff profile
Dr Sureyya Sonmez Efe
As well as a Post Doctorate Research Associate (PDRA) in the Eleanor Glanville Institute, Sureyya is a PDRA and Lecturer in Politics and International Relations within the Schoolof Social and Political Science. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy and ethics, human rights, migration studies and global justice. Her research focuses on the legal statuses and rights of migrant workers in contemporary Europe and Turkey. She takes an interdisciplinary approach in her research where she explores states’ and international organisations’ attitudes towards the legal status and rights of migrant workers and problematises the legal terminology that is used in policy documents.
Sureyya is the UK Project Lead of an EU funded multi-partner project title ‘Bridging Youth and Young Professionals in a Migrational Context via Digitalisation’ (YOUNGMIG). In it, she explores the COVID-19 impact on employment and migrant workers in the UK and curriculum development to enhance the knowledge on addressing the key challenges that migrants in accessing public services and professionals working towards migrants in providing public services. The YOUNGMIG project establishes an innovative connection between international academic partners (Yildirim Beyazit University (Turkey), University of Lincoln (UK)) and non-governmental organisations (Migration Research Centre (Turkey), Africa Foundation (Turkey), The Middle East Foundation (Turkey), COMPASS (Austria), and Association Hexagonale (France)). Academic profile
Oonagh is an Academic Subject Librarian within the University Library and has worked at the University since 1999 supporting a variety of schools and subject areas. She is currently the Subject Librarian for the School of Design, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Fine Art within the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Most recently she volunteered to become the permanent Librarian for the EGC to support the team and research students undertaking the PhD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Oonagh has always had a passion for diversity and inclusion since studying Gender Studies and Philosophy for her degree. She is the nominated Library representative on a number of EDI projects in the University including the Race Equality Charter and the Decolonising Pedagogy groups. Within the Library she is working with colleagues on various inclusive, intersectional Library initiatives aiming to highlight and curate useful information sources, broaden knowledge and promote discussion. Staff profile