Dr Rachel Cowen, Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester will share her perspective on current UK research and innovation practices and culture. She will highlight the need to embrace diversity within the research workforce and make recommendations so that we can all play our part in developing an inclusive culture where everyone’s ideas can thrive and we can address diverse problems and find solutions that meet the needs of our whole population.
Rachel is Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development and University Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester. She has over 25 years’ experience as a cancer researcher, people and organisational developer and equalities champion in Higher Education.
As University gender equality and sexual orientation champion she has led institutional strategy, policy and practice developments and has worked with a network of inspirational colleagues, to achieve significant equalities progress. She has a detailed understanding of researcher inequalities and has been a vocal and passionate advocate for researchers calling for diversification of the research and innovation workforce and local and national research culture change towards a system that rewards and values diverse researchers and inclusive research practice.
Rachel holds a Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy and is an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited executive coach. She is an Athena Swan national panel chair and peer reviewer for Advance HE National Teaching Fellowships and Collaborate Awards for Teaching Excellence.