Hartpury lecturer wins place on new national equality and diversity committee


Hartpury University’s Dr John Fernandes is proud to be among the first members of the British Association of Sports and Exercises Sciences’ (BASES) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

BASES – the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK – has set up the new committee as part of its commitment to widening participation in science education, practice, and the workplace.  

Dr Fernandes, who is the Programme Manager for BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences at Hartpury University, said he was determined to help BASES affect positive change for members of the industry. 

“As part of the committee I want to ensure that there is more equality, diversity and inclusion within the sport and exercise science industry in Britain,” said Dr Fernandes. 

“By promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, BASES will create greater opportunity for any individual to fulfil their science- and practice-based potential, irrespective of their background or circumstances.  

“I believe it is also important to promote good examples of equality, diversity and inclusive practices in the sport and exercise sector. 

“Doing this will give confidence to aspiring sport and exercise scientists that they are entering a diverse and inclusive sector where everyone can thrive.”   

Hartpury is committed to doing everything it can to promote and celebrate equality and diversity, respect and dignity for all, an accessible environment, and fostering a sense of inclusivity.   

The week of activities held on campus during its annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Week reinforces the work it does throughout the year to highlight the support it can offer and the policies it has put in place.  

Dr Fernandes, who has been a member of BASES since 2013, added: “My appointment to the new committee reinforces Hartpury’s ongoing commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.”  

Picture: Dr John Fernandes (centre) with graduates at a Hartpury University graduation ceremony

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