Dr Arun Verma is a strategic, tenacious and passionate leader in embedding intersectionality, diversity and inclusion into evidence, learning and impact strategies. He is a Senior Evidence and Learning Advisor and co-Chair for the BAME Staff Network for Save the Children UK, where he leads national and global evidence and impact projects to support the most marginalised and deprived children and families living in poverty.
Arun completed his Master’s in Clinical Applications of Psychology and a PhD in intersectionality and health professions education in 2018 and is invited to speak and influence on these issues at events internationally. He has shaped and informed diversity and inclusion policy and practice in higher education, local government and the third sector. He holds two academic appointments at the University of Dundee as an Academic Tutor and member of the International Network of Transitions Researchers. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Additionally, Arun mentors BAME undergraduate students to support and coach them through their experiences in higher education and future career ambitions.
As a practitioner of a rights-based approach to systemic change, he organises the National Participation Forum with a coalition of over 20 charities across the sector to empower the voice of people living through intersecting inequalities. Arun is also leading the UK’s first Higher Education Anti-Racism Action Policy led by the expert voices of Black, Asian and ethnic minority identifying staff and students, to role model a new approach to policymaking and implement real changes to dismantling racism in higher education.