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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

Quick links

PBS

Your PBS departmental contact is Dimitris Thomopoulos.

Email the PBS EDI committee pbs.edi@lse.ac.uk

LSE

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at LSE website

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are core aspects of the university experience. Universities need to reflect societal diversity, create spaces for critical reflections on fundamental assumptions, and challenge discriminatory barriers. These cut across numerous aspects of university life including teaching, research, hiring, student recruitment, events, and more. At the same time, we must create welcoming and inclusive spaces where this can take place.

The committee is a space where students and staff can raise EDI-related issues. It is a forum for critical reflection on teaching, research, and student activities, and to organise events that celebrate diversity and inclusion.

We meet every term to discuss any issues that have emerged. 

Our main contact will be via email - pbs.edi@lse.ac.uk - where we will let you know about any upcoming events, news and initiatives. Please use this email to contact us with any information, issues or topics.

EDI at LSE

Our commitment to EDI is embedded in the LSE Ethics Code and LSE 2030 strategy. LSE strives to enable every member of the school community to excel, by investing in every part of LSE community; by facilitating lasting relationships with our alumni, friends and partners; by ensuring that LSE works for everyone. 

The School is committed to a working and learning environment where people can achieve their full potential free from any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying and is committed to providing an inclusive culture of equality, diversity and respect between individuals. Read the LSE Policy here.

Support at LSE for staff and students

LSE’s EDI Office is the primary contact point for EDI issues throughout the School. Their work is informed by LSE's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017–2022, which was developed in the context of the Equality Act 2010LSE Strategy 2030, the LSE Ethics Code and the School's Effective Behaviours framework. The EDI office also provides support to a number of staff networks.

Follow @LSE_EDI on Twitter.

Email the LSE EDI team at edi@lse.ac.uk.

For LSE students

There are dedicated LSE services that are here to support you including the Student Wellbeing Service, including counsellors, mental health advisors and LSE Peer SupportersDisability and Wellbeing Service, as well as LIFE study advisers.

Staff Wellbeing 

Find resources to support your physical, professional and mental wellbeing including links to the Staff Counselling ServiceProfessional wellbeing information and physical wellbeing resources across the School.

 

EDI in PBS

Aims, principles and activities

The EDI committee serves to make PBS an open and inclusive space for learning and working where students and staff feel accepted, welcomed, and supported. It encourages dialogue and critical reflection and adheres to the following aims and principles.

Aims

  • To represent EDI considerations in a structured way at all departmental levels, including teaching, administration, and strategic reviews.

  • To critically evaluate hiring processes and student recruitment in the Department to foster more equal and diverse hiring and recruitment.

  • To push towards an inclusive and open culture in the department.

  • To create a safe and open space for students and staff to learn, engage with each other and achieve their potential.

Principles

  • To approach problem-identification and problem-solving from an intersectional perspective.

  • To welcome difficult conversations and recognise that being challenged is part of the process of achieving a more just and equal higher education environment in the Department.

  • When possible, use data-driven analyses to identify and understand problems from an intersectional perspective.

  • To equip students with the skills to work in a global and diverse world.

Activities

  • To create an accessible and inclusive curriculum that enable all students to see themselves and their backgrounds reflected [1]

  • To work closely with teams across LSE to provide guidance on EDI issues and facilitate training

  • To promote and organise EDI events for staff and students

  • To help staff and students to consider EDI in their practice

  • To audit EDI practices, as they are progressing within the department

[1] It recognises that the issues need to be considered throughout the curriculum from the conception, through content, learning and teaching, assessment, to feedback and review.

The PBS EDI committee and contacts

The PBS EDI committee

If you want to get in touch with the committee, you can contact us here: pbs.edi@lse.ac.uk.

The PBS EDI committee is a department-specific committee. 

  • Bradley Franks, Professorial Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching and Learning).
  • Carl Goodwin, Alumni, Student Experience and Internship Programme Officer. 
  • Gemma Hutchinson, Communications Manager.
  • Jens Koed Madsen (co-chair), Assistant Professor in Psychology.
  • Dimitris Thomopoulos (co-chair), EDI Officer and Executive Officer to PBS Head of Department.
  • Miriam Tresh, Assistant Professorial Lecturer.

Publications

Here you will be able to find EDI-related publications.

If you know of relevant publications that the EDI might want to add to this list do email us at pbs.edi@lse.ac.uk.