The Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (EDAG) has appointed equality champions in the areas of Age; Disability; Gender; Sexual Orientation; Race and Religion and Belief. The role of the Equality Champion is to:

  • Contribute and provide challenge to the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group in the equality strand being championed
  • Seek the engagement of employees and, where appropriate, students in the work and activities of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group
  • Provide leadership in the University in the area championed
  • Keep up to date on developments in the area championed
  • Actively contribute to the implementation of the Equality and Diversity Annual Plan

EDAG is proud to have equality champions as part of its advisory group.

Age Equality Champion

  • Bill Somerville

    Director of Estates & Property Services  

  • Disability Equality Champion

  • Donald Cairns

    Donald Cairns

    Professor Cairns is Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and is responsible for planning, development and supervision of academic work within the school. His key research interests lie in the areas of medicinal chemistry, rational drug design and molecular modelling of drug – macromolecule interactions.  

  • Gender Equality Champion

  • Michelle Anderson

    Director of Library Services  

  • Race Equality Champion

  • Bassam Bjeirmi

    Bassam is Associate Head of School. He has an extensive experience in the development and delivery of training programs for the private and public sectors. His main subject area is construction and generic project management.  

  • Religion and Belief Equality Champion

  • Andrew McCreath

    Andrew is the Executive Director (Information, Technology and Communication). Nationally, Andrew is a member of HEIDS (Higher Education IT Directors Scotland), and has previously been a member of the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Audit Committee and member and Convenor of the JISC Infrastructure and Resources Committee. Andrew has also held the positions of Director and Chairman of related companies to the University including AbMAN Ltd, Viscom Ltd, and Univation Ltd.  

  • Sexual Orientation Equality Champion