Equality and inclusion expert appointed

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) has appointed Katie McManus to the role of Equality and Inclusion Coordinator.

Katie comes to the role with experience in consumer support, accessibility and representation for a variety of groups, in organisations such as Citizens Advice, TIMES Resources, Global Vision International, Transport for London and Tesco.

She also has an impressive track record in volunteering with organisations such as WhaleFest, the University of Surrey Sub Aqua Club (she is also a qualified scuba diver and a 50m dive leader) and Tring Youth Town Council, at which she received a Hertfordshire Youth Service award.

Katie completed a skills development expedition programme to Chile with World Challenge, and she has volunteered at the Cabo Blanco national park in Costa Rica.

In her new role, Katie will provide support and guidance to colleagues at PUPSMD to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion awareness is integrated into all the faculty’s activities, including teaching and research.

She will ensure that colleagues at PUPSMD are aware of best practice developments in equality and diversity, and that they are kept abreast of changes in legislation by working closely with colleagues in the University’s Equality and Diversity team, who are based within Talent and Organisational Development..

Katie will also play a vital role in managing responses to national accreditation initiatives such as the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter.

Athena SWAN was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employed in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Professor Liz Kay is Associate Dean for Equality and Inclusion at PUPSMD. She said: 

“We are delighted to welcome Katie to the team. Her appointment shows our commitment to working to the ethics of the Athena SWAN Charter across medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences.”