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Equality Action Groups & Champions


The Disability Action Group is an area for staff members with physical, sensory or hidden disabilities or neurodiverse conditions to come together to help champion change at RGU.

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The Disability Action Group is designed to support staff members with a safe space to have positive and meaningful discussion that can feed back into the Equality and Diversity Forum, allowing issues around disability and inclusion to be highlighted and promoted across the university.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • Create a safe space for staff members with disabilities to have open discussions and create an inclusive network that fosters mutual respect and camaraderie.
  • highlight issues and concerns around areas of disability that occur on campus and in the workplace with a view to facilitate discussion and invoke change.
  • contribute to plans and awareness sessions to promote disability and awareness across campus through sharing experiences.

This group is chaired by Helen Gowen, our staff equality champion (Disability) and brings together colleagues from across the university that may be passionate about equality and inclusion to meet termly.


Equality Champion - Disability

Helen Gowen, Senior Procurement Adviser

"As Equality Champion for Disability I want to be a visible force for change within the University, representing all Disabled staff and those who need additional support, and working to remove barriers to success. Nobody should have to work harder to be a part of the RGU community. Please reach out to me if you are aware of any issues or just to have a chat, the Equality Champions are here for all of you."

Current Members

  • Helen Gowen - Chair and Equality Champion (Disability)
  • Janice Chisolm - HR Disability Champion
  • Emmanuel Akerele - Member


Everyone can get involved! We would love to have you onboard and welcome you to get in touch with any queries, suggestions or if you’d like to join as a member. You do not need to identify as anything in particular, and we always welcome allies to support our equality work.

Email equality@rgu.ac.uk with any questions.

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