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Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute


The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a vibrant community where an inclusive culture is promoted and diversity is valued. We subscribe to the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy and have an active Equality and Diversity Committee to ensure best practices are maintained and new strategies are developed to promote an inclusive and thriving environment at the Institute.  

We meet termly to support the dissemination, development and implementation of guidelines, procedures and policies related to equality and diversity.  The committee is made up of members at all levels across the Institute and Department of Haematology. Staff and students are encouraged to contact the committee and/or join the meetings on an adhoc basis to raise any issues.

CSCI & Haematology Equality and Diversity Committee

Dr Srinjan Basu
Committee Chair
Group Leader

Debbie Birkett
Committee Secretary
Events & Comms Assistant

Peggy Assinck
Post-doctoral Fellow

Joanna Baxter
Post-doctoral Researcher
Dept of Haematology

Scott Dillon
Electron Microscopy
Applications Scientist

Dr Brian Hendrich
Group Leader

Professor Brian Huntly
Group Leader

Dr Nathalie Kingston
Director NIHR BioResource

Katie Light
Research Manager

Sarah Pallett
Lab Manager (Chalut Lab)

Sophie Skidmore
PhD Student (Barker Lab)

Anthea Stanley
Business & Operations

Professor George Vassiliou
Group Leader 







The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute has two Equality and Diversity Champions who provide visible leadership and promote good practice on gender equality

Equality and Diversity Champions

Dr Srinjan Basu

Professor Brian Huntly


We have three Wellbeing Champions who provide information and guidance to individual members of the Institute on a wide range of issues.  The Wellbeing Champions also develop new initiatives for wellbeing across the Institute.

Wellbeing Champions


Katie Light


Sarah Pallett


Rachel Dear          



Dominique Coshia

Mentoring Schemes

For Graduate Students

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, is setting up a new mentoring scheme for CSCI Graduate students.  Any Graduate student who is a member of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is eligible to participate. We are also looking for Postdocs to volunteer to become mentors.

View full scheme details

If you are a student that would like to be paired up with a Postdoc mentor, or a Postdoc who would like to become a mentor, please complete the relevant form below:

     Form for Mentees

     Form for Mentors

Contact Jo Jack,  with any questions. 

For Postdocs

For Postdocs interested in having mentors of their own, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs run a scheme for this. Please visit or contact for details.


Zero Tolerance to Bullying, Harassment and Victimisation

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute regard all forms of bullying, harassment and victimisation as unacceptable. It is the responsibility of each member of the Institute, both staff and students, to assist in promoting an environment of mutual respect and consideration.

Bullying is any behaviour which makes someone feel intimidated, humiliated or offended, whether or not it is intended to do so.

Harassment is unwanted conduct that violates another person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and may be related to: sex or gender, age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or other grounds, and is illegal.  In particular, sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual comments or jokes as well as unwanted physical contact.

Victimisation is the hostile treatment of someone who has made a complaint about discrimination or has helped someone who has been the victim of discrimination.

If you feel that you are being bullied, harassed or victimised, or have witnessed these behaviours within the Institute, please click here to view our guidance document. 


Cambridge University Initiatives

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute supports the University-led initiatives in the areas of Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing:

There is no place for any form of harassment or sexual misconduct at the University of Cambridge.  The ‘Breaking the Silence’ initiative aims to prevent harassment and sexual misconduct, and provides a range of resources for staff and students.

Childcare Office

The Childcare Office oversees the facilities and assistance offered to University staff with Children.  The support offered included Workplace Nurseries, a Holiday Play scheme, salary exchange schemes and an information service.

Counselling Service - Staff

The University Staff Counselling Service provides short-term counselling consisting of eight to ten weekly sessions for a range of issues and difficulties with which you may be struggling.

Counselling Service - Students

Many personal decisions are made and problems solved through discussions with friends or family, a College Tutor or Director of Studies, a Nurse, Chaplain, colleague, line manager or a GP. However, at times it is right to seek help away from one’s familiar daily environment. The University Counselling Service exists to meet such a need.

Dignity at Work

The aim of the Dignity at Work policy is to support and sustain a positive working environment for all staff and students, free from any form of unacceptable behaviour.

Equality & Diversity Section

The E&D section seeks to help the University progress equalities policy in line with legislation, and to develop good practice in supporting under-represented groups. 

Mediation Service 

The mediation service can help resolve disagreements between members of staff with support from impartial, trained mediators.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA)

The OPdA is the leading organisation dealing with issues relating to the postdoctoral community. The OPdA provides an academic, administrative and pastoral focus and aims to enhance the physical and intellectual experience of postdocs.

Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

The PPD team offers a wide range of practical training and development opportunities to help staff explore their potential and get the most from their time at the University.

Reflection & Prayer Facilities

A number of rooms are made available by the University for its students, staff and authorised visitors, with the primary purpose of providing safe, clean and inclusive places for prayer and reflection. 

SPACE (Supporting Parents And Carers @ Cambridge)

SPACE provides support and information for members of the University with caring responsibilities for children or other dependents. 

Trade Unions

The University recognises Unison and Unite for collective bargaining and consultation for all staff with the status of University Assistant.  This unions also advise, support and represent their members in relation to individual members.


The University is committed to providing a healthy and fulfilling working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all staff.