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Rachel Archbold

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Rachel ProfileHead of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Rachel is an experienced EDI practitioner who joined Durham in 2016. Prior to this, she worked as Senior Advisor on equality legislation and practice within the public sector, leading on a number of strategic projects to support the implementation of equality legislation and the Equality Framework for Local Government. She started her career within the legal and voluntary sector leading a number of community-based projects to support engagement and cohesion. Recently, she has worked as part of an OfS Catalyst funded initiative, alongside eleven other Universities, to identify ways to tackle religious and race-based hate crime and support student safety and wellbeing. 

You can contact Rachel on the details below: 

Tel: 0191 334 6717 
Email: rachel.archbold@durham.ac.uk 

Athena-Maria Enderstein

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Athena ProfileEDI Lead

Following her PhD and a decade of work on (in)equality in South African and European contexts, Athena joined the EDI Team in September 2019. She brings a background in training, research, and equality strategy design to her current role where she leads on the institutional Athena SWAN Charter and Report + Support projects.

You can contact Athena on the details below:

Tel: 0191 334 6762
Email: athena-maria.enderstein@durham.ac.uk

Julie Wilson

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Julie ProfileEDI Lead

Julie is a CIPD qualified HR professional who joined Durham in 2005, holding roles in the Business School, Human Resources and most recently as Project Manager (EDI) for Inclusion Matters. In this EPSRC funded research project. Durham led a consortium of 16 northern University and Industry partners in developing, implementing and evaluating activities to increase diversity in STEM, prior to taking up post as EDI Lead in August 2021.

You can contact Julie on the details below:

Tel: 0191 334 6766
Email: julie.wilson@durham.ac.uk

Melanie Arcangeles-Earnshaw

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Melanie ProfileEDI Officer (Race and Religion) 

Mel joined Durham University in 2017 initially in HR before taking up her current role in September 2018. Mel supports the delivery of the Hate Crime Project and the development and implementation of the Report and Support tool. She also leads on the Race Equality Charter work and collaborates with stakeholders on initiatives promoting positive intercultural relations and faith inclusion. A CIPD qualified EDI professional, Mel’s former roles involved strategic and operational HR, policy development and project management in both private and non-profit sectors. She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and in Business Psychology. Her previous postgraduate research focused on migrant workers’ experiences and on cross-cultural management. 

You can contact Mel on the details below: 

Tel: 0191 334 6760 
Email: melanie.h.earnshaw@durham.ac.uk  

Siobhan Kennedy

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 EDI Co-ordinator

Siobhan joined the university in February 2021 following a long career within the private sector. Siobhan has a history of managing multinational diverse teams within a variety of industries.   Previous experience has included setting up an outsourced technical support desk in the Czech Republic and building a customer service desk for a new business. Siobhan has a wealth of experience within the customer journey, policy development, GAP and data analysis, coaching and mentoring and developing training programmes.

  

You can contact Siobhan on the details below: 

Tel: Teams
Email: siobhan.kennedy@durham.ac.uk   

Yulia Abramova

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  Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (EDI)

  Yulia joined the University in August 2021, having recently relocated to the UK from Russia. Prior to Durham University, she has worked in various sectors, from construction and banking to FMCG, providing top level executive support and also working in Supply Chain logistics. Yulia brings to the team vast knowledge of various business sectors, as well as a truly multicultural background, benefitting from studying in the US, France and Russia. Yulia holds a Master’s degree in World Politics and International Relations and a BA in Diplomacy and Regional Studies.

 You can contact Yulia on the details below

 Tel: 0191 3346050

 Email: yulia.abramova@durham.ac.uk 

 

Sandra Almeida

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Community Liaison Lead (Race and Ethnicity) 

Sandra joined the University in October 2021 as Community Liaison Lead for Race and Ethnicity. The focus of Sandra’s role is to promote and develop strong involvement and engagement relations between communities of interest and identity that will help foster a sense of belonging for our black and minority ethnic staff and students to create a culture of belonging within the University, city and surrounding area.

Sandra holds a NVQ Level 3 in Sustainable Environment, a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission, a Masters in International Cultural Heritage Management.  She is currently undertaking a PhD in Human/Computer Interaction.  With 17 years of experience in working with communities and ethnic minorities, Sandra has lived in County Durham for almost 10 years, during which time she has been extensively involved with local organisations and communities.

You can contact Sandra on the details below: 

Tel: Teams 
Email: sandra.almeida@durham.ac.uk