Linda Greening, Head of Inclusivity at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, has been appointed as chair of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee.
The ISAE is the international, professional society devoted to the scientific study of applied animal behaviour and the EDI committee is set up to represent the Societies international membership with members from Hong Kong, India, USA, Nigeria and the UK.
The EDI committee will meet later this month to begin drafting equity, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility (EDIA) guidelines, which once approved, will be rolled out for widescale adoption by the ISAE.
The committee will report annually on their activity and advise the ISAE Council on matters relating to EDI, in addition to promoting and encouraging diversity within the society and supporting opportunities for members in middle- and low-income countries.
Linda’s appointment follows several appearances at events including the AdvanceHE Teaching & Learning conference and GuildHE Anti-Racism Symposium, where she has presented on a number of current diversity topics. She also chairs a national collaborative community-facing outreach project with 13 other LANDEX institutions.
Lorna Cameron - Senior Equine Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator at Hartpury University, recently joined Linda to deliver a talk on equality within equestrianism and the outreach work Hartpury has undertaken with St James City Farm at the 6th annual Equine Industry Symposium hosted by students at the University of Guelph.
As Hartpury’s Head of Inclusion, Linda contributed towards the launch of the new ED&I web page alongside many equality and diversity initiatives involving students and staff. Recent landmarks in this area have included involvement in the Student Minds Mental Health Charter pilot, the creation and launch of the Inclusive Teaching & Learning Guide, and formation of the race equity task force following engagement in the AdvanceHE Race Change Agent training programme.
“I’m thrilled to have been appointed as chair for the ISAE EDI committee. Here at Hartpury, we’re passionate about driving real change across our respective industries. This opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking organisation comprising some of the greatest minds in applied animal behaviour is very exciting. I look forward to working with my fellow members to drive change in this important area and to bring further insight to my inclusion role here at Hartpury.
Our commitment to ED&I at Hartpury has never been stronger and we’re passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion not just as an integrated part of the curriculum but far and wide in the industries and communities we work with.”
Hartpury’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Forum includes staff from across the institution who meet regularly to ensure equality and diversity issues are addressed at all levels within the organisation.
The Hartpury Students’ Union (SU) includes Liberation Officers who ensure that students feel represented, and their voices are heard. SU Officers driving change in this area include a Black Students’ Officer, Women Students’ Officer, LGBTQ+ Students’ Officer and Disabled Students’ Officer.