The Champion roles have been devised to provide a point of contact for staff, students and external persons if they have issues or ideas concerning each of the strands (e.g. if a student wants to organise a conference or an event), but also to think about how we might improve school policies in these areas.
Each champion and deputy are the primary point of contact for the strand and are responsible for bringing issues to the EDI committee. If you have a question for one of the champions or would like to find out more information, please see their contact details below.
Champion Peter Dunne
My name is Peter Dunne and I'm a lecturer at Bristol Law School. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked as an LGBT+ rights advocate in the United States and Europe. Over the past decade, I've worked and volunteered with many queer groups, such as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Queer Advocates and Defenders and Intersex and Transgender Luxembourg. I am a former board member of Transgender Equality Network Ireland and I currently serve as healthcare co-convener with the Trans Equality Legal Initiative. My research at Bristol Law School focuses on LGBT+ lives, and I am particularly interested in the rights of queer youth. I also supervise the transgender rights project at the Human Rights Implementation Centre. I'm delighted to be working with Dr Prabhat to create an affirming environment for all LGBT+ people and allies at the law school.
Deputy Devyani Prabhat
It is an honour to be Deputy Champion for the role of LGBTQ+ equality in University of Bristol Law School. I am a 'straight'/ cis supporter of the community and have spent years in a supporting role for my LGBTQ friends. My friends, who were important as whole individuals to me, have faced significant barriers to achieving their full potential in New York City and in London. Being of South Asian ethnicity myself, I am fully aware of the specific difficulties of ethnic minority students who want to be cherished and appreciated for who they are in all dimensions. I long for a day when it will not matter which category society places one in, until then I am there for you.
Champion Charlotte Villiers
I was the Athena Swan lead for our Law School's Bronze Award and I am member of the University's Athena Swan team. My research interests include gender issues in corporate governance. As a part-time working mother, I understand some of the challenges relevant to female workers and students and I hope to make a positive difference for women in the Law School.
- Deputy Holly Powley
Champion Manoj Dias Abey
I am proud to be the racial equalities champion for the Law School. As the racial equalities champion, I will work to advance the goal of equality in higher education and aim to create a culturally-inclusive space for students and staff in the Law School.
Deputy Foluke Adebisi
I am a Teaching Fellow in the Law School. I am interested in how our changing ideas of what it means to be human influences the content and implementation of laws, as well as legal education. I also co-designed and co-teach a unit on law and race. My pedagogical and jurisprudential scholarship focuses on examining the academic concerns that arise from ensuring equality, inclusion and diversity within our teaching practice in law. In my non-existent spare time, I am a public speaker, writer, spoken word artist, and blogger. My main blog is called Foluke’s African Skies at https://folukeafrica.com/. Being the Racial Inequalities Deputy Champion is therefore close to my heart for many reasons.