2017 Shortlisted Nominee:
Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award –
Nona was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in 2017. She is a panel member of the Teaching Excellence Framework and a member of the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group which has prioritised the challenges and barriers students face in Higher Education. As the chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) with over 400 members, Nona has organised sector conferences on race equality and advocated for changes to benefit both staff and students. Nona has won Guardian Awards for Diversity (2012) and Teaching Excellence (2017) and is invited regularly to speak at conferences. Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education. Nona is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council to disseminate her work on the BME attainment gap and the Inclusive Curriculum Framework across the sector.