Mr Andy Grace

Mr Andy Grace

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Health, Safety, EDI and Training (Human Resources)

Andy can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Equality and diversity

Currently the University of Plymouth’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager and an Associate Lecturer on BA Education at the University of Plymouth.

Responsible for the delivery of a cost-effective and engaging programme of activities relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Plymouth to better support staff, students and the local community. Experience in coordinating international research projects in Israel and the Palestinian Territories as well as coordinating research projects in the U.K.

Confident and proficient in public speaking having presented at several National Conferences and local television on the issues of diversity in Higher Education and bilingual education in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.


MA Education (University of Plymouth)

Masters of Education with an emphasis on education research in the areas of homophobia in British Education and the health and wellbeing in postgraduate students in the UK.

BA (Hons) Education (University of Plymouth)
First Class Degree with studies focussing on diversity and inclusion in education particularly the issue of homophobia in British Education. Wider studies also included the impact of politics, philosophy, creative interventions, feminism, child well-being and the history of worldwide education as well as contemporary international education.

Honours & Awards
  • ITV National Diversity Award - LGBT Role Model (Nomination - March 2020)
  • SSTAR Mel Joyner Award for Equality and Diversity (Nomination - May 2019)
  • PedRIO Fellowship Award (2016)
  • Roland Levinsky Memorial Award (2015)

Professional membership

  • British Education Studies Association (BESA) 
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA) 

Roles on external bodies

Project leader - University of Plymouth LGBT+ Inclusion Taskforce
April 2020 - present

Project leader - OurTable
October 2019 - present

Co-chair - University of Sanctuary Action Group
September 2019 - present

Chair - Travelling with Protected Characteristics Working Group
March 2019 - September 2019

Project lead - Furthering Research in Democratic Schools of Israel and the Palestinian Territories
January 2016 - August 2016

Teaching interests

BA Education

  • Benders, Breeders and Bullying (Year 1)
  • Queer Issues in SRE (Year 2)
  • A Queer Alternative: (Year 3)
  • Democratic Education in a Divided Israel (Year 3)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)

  • Queer Issues in Healthcare (Year 1)
  • Queer Issues in Healthcare (Year 2)

Staff serving as external examiners

  • Trained Athena SWAN panellist (Advance HE)
  • Trained Race Equality Charter panellist (Advance HE)

Grants & contracts

PedRIO Fellowship Award: £10,000

Roland Levinsky Memorial Award: £921

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Gibson S, Grace A, O'Sullivan C & Pritchard C 2018 'Exploring transitions into the undergraduate University world using a student-centred framework' Teaching in Higher Education , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Grace A 0 'A lifetime of homophobia: why alliances matter' Allied Voices: IDAHOT at the University of Plymouth 1-/-0/19001-/-0/1900
Grace A 0 'Alternative Education in a divided Israel' BESA Annual Conference 1-/-0/19001-/-0/1900
Grace A 0 'Deadnaming in HE: how can we better support trans and non-binary students?' SROC Diversity Day 1-/-0/19001-/-0/1900
Other Publications
Grace A 0 University of Plymouth Diversity Calendar. 01/01/190001/01/1900