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Maddie Welland

Pronouns she/her

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Wellcome EDI Officer

I joined Oxford in 2021. I work across the Wellcome Centres for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), Ethics and Humanities (WEH) and Human Genetics (WHG), with my primary base at WIN. My post is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the respective Centres’ host departments. 

Over the next two years I will be facilitating two initiatives: an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) translation project, and a Mental Health and Intersectionality project.

Our translation project will survey the current EDI landscape of the Wellcome Centres, with an end goal of translating activities, initiatives and best practice between the Centres and beyond, into the host departments. Our hope is to connect the communities of staff and students across all centres, and promote EDI activity and engagement.

The Mental Health and Intersectionality project will be based on qualitative research conducted across the centres, and be led by a steering group of diverse participants. It is important that we consider how mental health and wellbeing intersects with other aspects of life and protected characteristics, for example disability and race. This project will be research-led, targeting areas of improvement and Centre-specific needs, and establish realistic, achievable steps we can take to improve the work lives of all staff and students. 

My academic background is in the humanities, and I hold a first-class degree in Italian, Spanish and Management from the University of Leicester. I love working alongside academics and professional services staff, and am proud to play a role in the improvement of research culture at Oxford.

Understanding the value of visibility, it is important to say that I am a gay, cis woman, and live happily in Leicester with my girlfriend and our small, outspoken dog. I strive to be an ally to colleagues of all races and ethnicities, abilities, sexualities and gender identities.

Pronouns: She/Her

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