Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG

About the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG

AHEP’s EDI SIG was initially formed in 2017, with an formally identified coordinator in 2019 and then in 2022. Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to AHEP and this SIG will play a critical role across the nation to help convene, steer and navigate through some of the most pressing issues in and around equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The EDI-SIG is a large group including 350 members across the UK.

Through a recruitment drive the EDI-SIG has re-launched, with a Lead Coordinator, Dr Arun Verma, and Deputy Coordinators, Aabida Patel, Alexandra Wooster, and Emily Maddock Khan.

What can you expect from the EDI SIG?

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG is focused on the following:

– convening the community to set a vision, intentions and outcomes for the SIG

– enabling peer-to-peer support to professionals navigating sensitive and challenging areas of equality, diversity and inclusion

– curating knowledge and learning exchanges to foster connections, collaborations and innovation

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Meet the Coordinators

Arun Verma, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG Co-Lead Coordinator

Head of Inclusion

University of London

Dr Arun Verma is a leading figure in implementing and integrating intersectionality in systems, policy and programmes both nationally and internationally. He is a Head of Inclusion at the University of London and Fellow of the RSA. He completed his doctorate exploring intersectionality in healthcare students’ learning, retention and success. He has led the integration and embedding of intersectionality and anti-racist practice in local government commissioning, national and global programmes, policy development, practice and implementation. He has been granted a number of awards facilitating his impact including being recently nominated as Diversity and Inclusion Leader 2022 by d&i leaders. He holds a number of board roles facilitating constructively disruptive conversations about inclusion across the sector and his edited collection ‘Anti-racism in higher education: An action guide for change’ is accelerating action for inclusion in higher education

Aabida Patel, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Deputy Coordinator

Senior Business Analyst, Registry

Imperial College London

My career started in the NHS as a Graduate Management Trainee, ultimately going into NHS operational management following this. After many years in NHS operational management roles,  towards the end of 2022, I joined Imperial College London as a Senior Business Analyst in the Registry Transformation Team. As part of my role, I focus on improving processes and develop new processes with a focus on cross-college engagement and improvement. As well as being a member of the Academic Services EDI Steering Group at Imperial, I am also a committee member for the Able Staff Disability network.

I am proudly neurodivergent and am keen on removing barriers from systems, policies, and processes for all.

Emily Maddock Khan, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG Deputy Coordinator

Head of College Services

Kaplan International Colleges

Emily Maddock Khan (she/her) is a Higher Education professional with over 15 years experience in the sector. She is Head of College Services at the University of Nottingham International College, a Kaplan International Pathways college, responsible for Student Services, Registry, EDI and Progression. She is a Fellow of AHEP and is a DBA candidate in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, with research focused on EDI, HE staff development, AI, globalisation, and decolonisation, and is a member of the International Centre for Higher Education Management and the Society for Research into Higher Education.  

Emily has previously worked in registry, international development, admissions, and teaching across five UK universities, two HE colleges, and one pathway provider. She completed the AUA PgCert in HE Administration, Management and Leadership in 2022.  

Alexandra Wooster, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG Deputy Coordinator

Faculty Business Manager

Kings College London

I am a Faculty Business Manager for Kings College London where I am responsible for managing various business areas for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities such as HR, finance, health & safety and space. In previous roles I have held central roles such as management of Timetabling, and department management roles. Having recently competed my MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society through Birkbeck College, I have various research interests within the field of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, but I am particularly fascinated with the evolving research supporting cognitive diversity. My natural affiliation with EDI topics has meant that I have been involved with various projects and initiatives both inside and outside of work. I love to network and share best practice across these spaces and love to meet new people. I have a young family, so I do not get much downtime outside of work, but when I do I love to get stuck into a good book!