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Equality Action Groups & Champions


The Race Equality Action Group aims to create an opportunity and inclusive platform to encourage and support the staff voice through safe and meaningful conversations and relationships that would contribute to championing Race Equality at RGU.

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This group will explore and formulate ways of addressing issues relating to race that are important to staff at RGU. It is a unique opportunity to have your say as a member of the RGU staff community and to help shape our approach. We are a welcoming and dedicated space to share ideas, set action goals and help make our university a place for everyone to thrive, succeed, celebrate personal and professional identities and be happy to bring their whole self to work.

The group is chaired by the University Race Equality Champion, Leila Neshat Mokadem and brings together academic and professional services staff across RGU. We also work in partnership with the staff Race Network and the Equality and Diversity team to contribute to activities that promote race equality.


Equality Champion - Race

"I’m a course leader in the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences and it’s my pleasure to be championing equity, celebrating diversity, and encouraging wider inclusion at RGU.

My equality role sits within the race strand, and I’m delighted to see that everyone at RGU can get involved, have a voice, and work collaboratively, whether staff or student on any aspect of EDI. This includes the coming together of equality champions across all the strands as we understand the importance and value of considering intersectionality.

As a course leader, experienced in inclusive curricula design & delivery, I hope to continue to work with wonderful colleagues and students across RGU to bring about greater diversity in curricula content, nurture a sense of belonging for those with less widely heard voices and to collaboratively address inequality data such as awarding gaps across our courses.

My mixed heritage background of being half Persian and half English, married to an Egyptian, proud of his African roots and living in this beautiful part of Scotland with our young children, has afforded me a unique perspective and understanding of different views, lived experiences and needs of diverse people. I’m proud to be working with kind, dedicated colleagues who are passionate about the student experience, supporting each other and celebrating diversity!

If YOU are also passionate about EDI and would like to share ideas on what we can do better at RGU or if you’re interested in decolonising the curriculum, or even if you’re curious & would like to learn more about being an ally or have ideas about championing EDI in your own corner of RGU, please do reach out!

We are all in this wonderful journey together."

Current Members

  • Leila Neshat Mokadem - Chair and Race Equality 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 with a particular race background, and we always welcome allies to support our race equality work.

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

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