BAME Staff Network

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  • Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network

    We are the Oxford Brookes Black, Asian, and Other Minorities Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network. Our network was launched to support the concerns and needs of both academic and professional staff from diverse groups within the university. Our aim is to provide a forum for us to connect, socialise and support one another on all issues relevant to our communities. Working closely with Brookes' EDI team, we actively promote issues of race equality and diversity across the university, offering a forum for consultation amongst our members while acting as a respected conduit, communicating all BAME-related issues to the university.

    Our network meets approximately once a month, giving members a chance to network with one another and voice their opinions. Our committee meets at regular intervals to develop the network and to act on issues raised by its members. Ultimately, we're here to Inspire, Inform and Influence all of our members to Be Ambitious and Model Excellence.

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  • Our objectives

    • To create a culturally diverse and inclusive university across all faculties and professional services
    • To promote race equality through active involvement and consultation, with members from across the university, providing opportunities to inform and influence the university's policies and practices about BAME staff
    • To provide a safe environment for BAME members to let their voices be heard and share their experiences
    • To help create opportunities across the university for our members, supporting our members in their career development goals while providing pathways to encourage our members to apply for higher grades.

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  • Roles within the network

    Lydiah Igweh

    Lydiah Igweh

    Director of Enterprise Support

    Chair, BAME Staff Network


    Experienced in senior management including at Board Level with a demonstrated history of working in enterprise, employability, entrepreneurship development, and integrated marketing communications.

    Lydiah has extensive experience working within the private sector, public sector and education.

    As the Brookes Enterprise Support Manager, Lydiah leads on University-wide initiatives which support students, graduates and staff to take their entrepreneurial ideas forward. In addition, she is undertaking a PhD with Brookes Business School focused on Digital Leadership.

    She is a passionate advocate for social justice and as Chair of Brookes BAME Network, she is committed to inspiring and celebrating the excellence of BAME staff across the University and within the sector. In addition, to consider any issues important to the group, provide an opportunity to comment on a range of policies and to feed ideas into event and policy planning. She hopes the network will provide a platform for improving representation, progression and success of minority ethnic groups within higher education.

    Nina Epellé

    Nina Epellé

    HSS Faculty Marketing Officer

    Co-chair, BAME Staff Network
    Communications and Community Engagement


    Nina is a senior marketing consultant with a wealth of experience working in both private and non-profit industries. Prior to joining Brookes, Nina led numerous teams at a London-based creative marketing agency, helping global clients connect with their audiences through top-performing, multi-channel digital marketing campaigns.

    With a strong focus on maximising business profitability, Nina holds master’s degrees in Ecommerce (UCL) and Major Programme Management (Oxon). She is a powerful digital technologies champion and has a sustained interest in helping people and organisations achieve their greatest potential through mentoring and business coaching.

    Nina brings her extensive communications experience and digital marketing passions to the BAME Network. She is committed to helping the network improve its profile, extend its reach, and exercise the power of its collective voice. She hopes the network will continue to be a powerful beacon that shines a light on the accomplishments and successes of our BAME colleagues.

    Sola Adesola

    Dr Sola Adesola PhD, FHEA, MRes, LLM, LLB (Hons)

    Senior Lecturer & OBBS Athena SWAN/EDI Champion

    Co-chair, BAME Staff Network
    Academic Development


    Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is an international management and law specialist, researcher and director of studies with research interests in entrepreneurial role model, entrepreneurship development, energy policy, and university-industry collaboration, particularly university spinout. Sola has produced five successful PhDs and currently supervises four PhD researchers. She leads PG and UG modules in international organisations and corporate and business law respectively. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Kigali Business School, Rwanda and previiously a Visiting Associate Professor at Kwara State University, Ilorin, Nigeria

    She won grant awards from Oxford Brookes University and British Council and has published in leading international journals, participated in national and international conferences and co-organised a number of conferences including the COSINUS 2018 International Conference and the 1st Africa Enterprise Education Conference 2013.

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