Laura Epton joined the Department of Economics as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (EDI) Officer in September 2021. Laura provides support to the department's Equality and Diversity Committee, working closely with the EDI Lead, to embed and share best practice on gender and race equality, monitor and evaluate Athena Swan actions (the Advance-HE initiative to improve gender equality in higher education and research) and manage projects to help build an environment in which all staff and students feel valued, included and able to achieve their potential. Laura is part of the divisional EDI panel in Social Sciences and work with EDI colleagues across the University to embed the principles of equality and diversity within policy, practice and culture.
Laura’s role is shared with the Oxford Department of International Development and typically in the department (room 221) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Her working hours are: Mon 9am–3pm, Tue 9am–4:30pm, Wed 8:30am–3pm, Thu 8:30am–3pm and Fri 9am–3pm