The Role of the Equality and Diversity Officer

Official Role: 

Voluntary Role, commencing on 1st July 2020 and ending on 30th June 2021. 

The role of the Equality and Diversity Officer is to ensure all Association activities are accessible and represent the diverse population of Keele’s postgraduate community.

 

The Officer is expected to engage with the University’s Equality and Diversity strategies and help to promote equality throughout the University.

 

The Officer should run at least one campaign per year focusing around these themes. The Equality and Diversity Officer will also from time to time have the opportunity to attend and contribute to University committees and task and finish/working groups associated with the role.

 

A budget will be dedicated to this role to assist the Officer in achieving their manifesto pledges and to run the one campaign they are required to do. The amount of this budget will be agreed after the election process has concluded.

 

The Equality & Diversity Officer is NOT a trustee of the KPA. 

A Day in the Life of the Equality and Diversity Officer...

"If I had not been nominated, I probably would not have run for the role of Equality and Diversity Officer at the KPA. I was a mature student at the end of the first year of my part-time Masters, yet I didn’t feel fully settled in to the Postgraduate Community. I found it really useful to go to drop in sessions to ask further details about the role, including how it would fit with my son’s Half-Term holidays, what support would be in place for the election and campaigning process, and when committee meetings are likely to fall. Excited about the prospect of being able to shape change, organise campaigns and meet new people, I ran for the role. 

 

Once in role, I found it very rewarding and flexible enough to fit around commitments inside (my Masters) and outside of the university (mothering, freelance poetry work and vintage dealing). Currently committee meetings are held every two weeks, and regular KPA events are organised on rotation. It’s very important to foster good relationships and communication with your team.  During the year we had a fantastic training session to deepen these relationships. Emails, meetings, casework and the organisation of campaigns take up a substantial amount of time in this role, but there is a team to call on. In this role, my skills were best put to use when having to present at inductions, run stalls and come up with new ideas to engage a diverse range of postgraduate students. Now, I am now fully immersed in to the Postgraduate Community and I feel that this role has enriched my experience of studying at Keele."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriella Gay

Current Equality and Diversity Officer Keele Postgraduate Association