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Professor Osama Khan appointed to EDI roles within Advance HE

03 Apr 2023 | Advance HE Professor Khan becomes Chair of Advance HE's EDI Strategic Advisory Group and member of the EDI Committee.

Advance HE has appointed Professor Osama Khan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, at the University of Surrey, Chair of its equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) Strategic Advisory Group with immediate effect.

By virtue of the appointment, which is for a three-year term of office, Professor Khan also becomes a member of Advance HE’s EDI Committee.

A passionate supporter of equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives, Professor Khan will help to shape the activity and future direction of EDI initiatives within Advance HE.

Among other responsibilities, the EDI Committee oversees the effective operation and strategic development of national charters including Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter.

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, welcomed Professor Khan’s appointment. She said: “I am delighted that Professor Osama Khan has been appointed to chair Advance HE’s EDI Strategic Advisory Group and to join our EDI Committee.

“The Strategic Advisory Group is vital to working in partnership with our members, helping to shape our activity and ensuring that our work and equality charters address EDI challenges and opportunities to meet our members’ needs. The EDI Committee, meanwhile, has a fundamental role in governance and in setting our strategic direction in EDI. I know that Osama will offer leadership and insight to these important groups.”

Professor Khan said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to this position and to have the opportunity to further the valuable EDI work undertaken so far by Advance HE.

“The University of Surrey and I believe in the transformative power of inclusive education and in my new role I will continue to promote and strengthen equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives that can nurture individuals regardless of their background.

“Supporting and enhancing student and staff wellbeing is one of the University of Surrey’s key EDI commitments and I look forward to extending that work through national initiatives developed and promoted by Advance HE.”

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