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Professor Lorraine De Souza

University Ambassador for Equality and Diversity,
Brunel University London

Lorraine De Souza is the University Ambassador for Equality and Diversity at Brunel University London. She recently completed a three year appointment as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Staff Development) and she holds a permanent post as  Professor of Rehabilitation in Brunel’s Department of Clinical Sciences at Brunel University London. As PVC she led the development of the university’s first institution wide Equality and Diversity Strategy and implementation plans championing the Brunel University’s commitment to promoting the principles of equality and diversity in all areas of University activity. She also lead the University’s successful renewal of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the development of the first institution wide Staff Development Strategy. In her leadership roles, Lorraine has always aimed to help create and maintain an inclusive culture where equality of opportunity becomes established and embedded in all activities and where diversity is celebrated. Lorraine continues to have an active role in teaching and research. Her main areas of interest are in rehabilitation of people living with long term physical and complex disabilities.  This provides unique experience in support of her University Ambassador role.

  • Establishing the leading ‘Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing’ (WiBEC) programme to enhance the prospects of women students entering high level STEM careers
  • Replicating and developing a bespoke mentor scheme for women students with leading professionals from industry to support career development, enhance commercial awareness and develop links with STEM employers
  • Assessing how to make provision for personal and professional development training schemes for women to enhance transferable skills beyond the course
  • Sharing lessons in how a robust women in STEM strategy can be formulated and expanded within university departments
  • Assessing the benefits of the programme with Athena Swan Assessors branding the scheme as highly effective in improving outcomes for women entering new STEM careers