A fundamental part of a fair society in which everyone can have the best possible chance to succeed in life (Discrimination Law Review).


Recognising that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected and valued (Equality Challenge Unit).


The active creation of a learning, working and social environment that is welcoming, which recognises and celebrates difference and is reflected in structures, practices and attitudes (University of York staff and student equality consultation feedback).

Source: University of York Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, 2017-2022

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Studies (EDIMS)

EDIMS is a cross-organisational network which aims to promote, support and share good practice in relation to Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Music Higher Education in the UK. The Network has grown out of the EDI Working Group established by MusicHE and the Royal Musical Association in early 2019.


The Network is affiliated to a number of music organisations and supports and promotes work seeking to redress historical exclusion and under-representation in relation to a range of areas in Music HE, including but not limited to class, disability, ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity and sexuality. We hope that raising awareness and facilitating change will lead to a re-envisioning and fostering of educational and research environments that are welcoming to all and in which everyone feels enfranchised. This includes listening to voices that have been historically excluded as a result of structural inequalities. We believe that music should be a means of celebrating human diversity, and understanding ourselves from multiple perspectives in ways that are fundamentally enriching.


We recognise that this is long-term work, and is not confined to one group but takes place alongside other initiatives, including national projects such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter. We seek to offer a subject-specific space for discussion, reflection and action as a way of moving towards longer-term structural changes to address inequality and under-representation. As a fledgling Network, we recognise also that we need to listen and learn, and be adaptable to changing and emerging needs in our community.


Genevieve Arkle (Lead on Social Media)

Diljeet Bhachu

Amy Blier-Carruthers (Lead on Industry Liaison)

Anna Bull (Lead on Research Report)

Esther Cavett (Society for Music Analysis representative)

Alexander Douglas

Rachel Cowgill (LGBTQ+ Study Group representative and Lead on Publications and Resource Development)

Will Finch (Early Career Researcher representative)

Freya Jarman (Lead on Website)

Gabrielle Messeder (Secretary)

Helen Julia Minors, co-Chair (MusicHE representative and Lead on Events)

Laudan Nooshin, co-Chair (Royal Musical Association representative)

Gascia Ouzanian (Lead on Liaison with Local EDI Groups)

Tom Perchard (IASPM-UKI representative)

Mary Stakelum (SEMPRE representative and Lead on Feeder Routes in Music HE)

Shzr Ee Tan (BFE representative and Lead on Career Development Support) 

Chamari Wedamulla (PGR representative and Lead on Students and ECRs Working Group)

Edoardo Chidichimo (Lead on Undergraduate Group)

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