Student EDI Team

Professional Services


Dr. Sammy Li

Adviser on Student Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Sammy leads the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Students team within Student Services. He has a strategic role in developing partnerships to advance inclusive policy and practice for student equality across the University. His work emphasises on supporting students from different backgrounds to realise their potential in learning and development during their university life. Sammy is a seasoned traveller with a doctorate in tourism management who enjoys exploring the diversity in different cultures and societies.


Dr. Sammy Li on campus

Susan Onens

Inclusivity Adviser

Sue is the Inclusivity Adviser and works closely with  colleagues to embed inclusive practice and  promote wider accessibility across the University. Working with and for students with disabilities is one of her areas of focus; Sue has worked at the University for over 20 years, previously as Head of Learning Support. Sue has a keen interest in research and an evidence base to underpin practice and has presented at National Conferences. She is an advocate for ‘Access for All’  and Universal Design for Learning principles. Sue has a background in teaching and working with students with Specific Learning Differences.   

Susan Onens in garden

Peter Collins

Equality and Diversity Officer for Students

 As the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Students, Pete works closely with the College Co-Ordinators and a team of student assistants to manage the EDI ambassador programme. Pete also attends EDI meetings within the colleges and looks for ways to generate more connections across the University. Pete has a background in television, consultancy and autism awareness. 


Pete Collins outside office building

College Officers


Claire Bonnet

EPS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer

Claire leads on and implements EDI initiatives across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Claire’s work focuses on ensuring the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is a supportive and inclusive environment for staff and students to thrive in and works closely with the Equality and Diversity team within Academic Services and other colleagues across the University.

Claire Bonnet in a cafe.

Tom Syder

MDS College Outreach, Equality and Diversity Officer

Tom is based within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and his role is split between outreach and widening participation activities and equality and diversity initiatives for students and staff. This includes coordination of the Student Equality and Diversity Ambassador programme for MDS, organisation of EDI themed events within the College, and working with the College Student Experience team on initiatives to promote and embed equality and inclusion for all students.

Tom Syder profile photo

EDI Student Ambassadors


Raneem Alterkawi

"Making campus more inclusive for international students."

Raneem in garden

Rumaanah Hoosen

"Creating a conducive learning and social setting for racial, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities."

Rumaanah at an event

Cai Lyons

"Focused on increasing sports inclusion and supporting postgraduate researchers."

Cai at EDI event

Daniel Walker

"Focusing on supporting international, first generation, and LGBTQIA+ students."

Dan at EDI event





Professional Services