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Equality and Diversity Special Interest Group

The Equality & Diversity SIG is the Faculty's newest special interest group and was established in September 2020 at the Faculty’s anti-racism event. The group is co-chaired by Kerry Littleford and Kazim Beebeejaun and reports to the Equality & Diversity Committee. The Equality & Diversity SIG can be contacted by email.

The SIG aims to ensure fairness and diversity in recruitment to the training scheme in the belief that a diverse workforce is a better workforce.


We welcome any members who are interested in equality and diversity issues or simply want to gain a better understanding. If you are interested in joining the SIG we would love to hear from you, so please contact the co-chairs via the email above. 

Please note in order to join any SIG you are required to be a member of the Faculty of Public Health.

Current workstreams

We are currently working across four workstreams:

Leaky Pipeline 

This workstream uses the ‘leaky pipeline’ model to understand barriers to recruitment, retention and progression in the UK Public Health Training Scheme, particularly in regard to under and over-representation of different ethnicities amongst registrars and consultants. We are looking for someone with available time and leadership to progress this workstream. 

Recruitment Data

Imperial College are leading a national project to look at equality and diversity dimensions of the national recruitment process for public health specialty training. This workstream aims to analyse recruitment data to better understand this issue. We are currently looking for a registrar to undertake this work under an educational supervisor - we apologise that this particular opportunity is not available to those outside the training programme.

Mentoring Programme

This workstream is a national mentoring scheme prioritising early-career ethnic minority registrars within public health. A logic model and basic design has been completed and work is ongoing for recruitment of mentors. We are now looking for: a small group to lead, scope, manage and evaluate the programme; individuals interested in being mentors; and individuals interested in being mentored. 

Learning Bites

This workstream develops a programme of regular learning slots (for example remote lunchtime talks) for sharing knowledge, experience, expertise and best practice as relevant to different diversity characteristics. Unlike other workstream areas, which are focusing on racial justice as the SIG’s immediate priority, these bites encompass a range of different areas. We are looking for a small group to lead, scope, manage and evaluate the programme and individuals (or small groups) interested in volunteering to speak.

Useful documents and resources

Equality & Diversity SIG October 2020 Workshop Report 

Equality & Diversity Strategy & Action Plan - December 2020

The Faculty’s anti-racism statement

The Faculty’s response to the Sewell Report

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