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Greater participation and inclusivity, as well as recognising the value of diversity, lead to fairer opportunities to fulfil everybody's potential.

Group photo of MORU members © Photo by Gerhard Jørén

Equality is about creating a fairer society with greater participation, inclusivity and the opportunities to fulfil potential; diversity is about recognising individual and group differences, treating people as individuals and placing positive value on diversity.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) is an advisory committee established in consultation with the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM), University of Oxford, Athena Swan Committee and the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU).


  • To identify our equality priorities and objectives and review progress.
  • To propose the development and implementation of equal opportunities initiatives and activities for staff, students in order to help progress and meet our equality priorities and objectives.
  • To request monitoring data and provide reports to MORU staff.
  • To review the impact of policies, procedures and processes, identify where we are falling short of meeting our targets or best practice standards and recommend relevant actions.
  • To promote the involvement of a diverse range of staff and students in MORU life to foster cohesion, cooperation and eliminate discrimination.
  • To encourage staff and student equality networks across the Oxford Tropical Network (OTN) and hear regularly from representatives on collective views and progress on their actions.
  • To engage with other MORU committees as required to ensure relevant equality and diversity matters are on their agenda as required.
  • To provide and receive regular reports on activity from the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) Athena Swan Committee.
  • To report regularly to the MORU Management Committee.

MORU Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee members