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Equality Action Groups & Champions


RGU is committed to creating and promoting a working and learning environment where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. This group includes Gender Reassignment and Sexual Orientation, working in partnership with the Rainbow network.

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The Rainbow Action Group meets termly and creates a safe space for members of our community to meaningfully discuss a range of sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues affecting staff and students at our university.

The group is chaired by our staff Equality Champion (Gender Reassignment), Fiona McKay and brings together academic and professional services staff across RGU. We also work in partnership with the Rainbow network and the Equality and Diversity team to contribute to activities that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion.


Equality Champion - Gender Reassignment

"I believe that everyone should have the freedom to express their gender identity while feeling safe and valued in society. I am therefore privileged to take on this position with RGU as an ally to trans and non-binary people, as well as those exploring their gender identity. Ultimately, I believe university should be a positive space for individuals to explore and develop their authentic selves.

I am committed to advocating for equality and diversity in my day-to-day life and helping improve attitudes and challenge assumptions, so I am excited to be able to offer my services as a supportive representative and advocate for the trans community at RGU. My aspiration for the role is to consult, involve, and inform staff and students about trans equality, helping RGU be more inclusive and work toward equality."

Equality Champion - Sexual Orientation

Post Currently Vacant

Current Members

  • Fiona McKay - Chair and Equality Champion (Gender Reassignment)
  • Equality Champion (Sexual Orientation) - Currently Vacant
  • Katie Mellis - HR Champion Gender Reassignment
  • Kat Hetherington - HR Champion Sexual orientation
  • Emmanuel Akerele - EDI Adviser


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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