Academic's UK Employee of the Year nomination

Academic's UK Employee of the Year nomination

Released: Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 11:42

Congratulations to Sunderland academic Andrew Dalton who has been nominated for Employee of the Year Award at the national Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017

The announcement comes just months after the Social Sciences Lecturer received a North East Equality Award 2016, in recognition for his work and research around HIV in the North East.

Drew said: “I am deeply honoured and thrilled to be nominated for this award. We still have a long way to go in terms of removing the stigma around HIV, but it is wonderful to be recognised by colleagues and the University of Sunderland for my work and activism in the HIV community.”

The EIDA honours the remarkable work of inclusive employers and diversity champions across all sectors. It is the only awards ceremony that rewards UK organisations for harnessing a diverse workforce, recognising the significant efforts of companies nationwide that excel in their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

EiDA also focuses on leading diversity champions, significant role models and extraordinary employees that have displayed motivation, innovation and commitment to the equality agenda.

A judging panel will determine the shortlist for The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. Shortlisted nominees will be revealed in April, with winners announced at The EiDA ceremony in May/June. (Date TBC).

Alongside his academic responsibilities within the Faculty of Education and Society, Drew is Chair of LGBT History Project NE, an LGBT project designed to bring to life LGBT history for schools and the public. He established and is and now Chair of Thrive NE, a community social and support group for those living with HIV in the region and Chair of Live HIV Neutral, the first UK nationwide campaign to tackle HIV-related stigma.

At the University Drew is working with HR colleagues to develop an 'HIV Friendly' Charter Mark, which once launched will be the first of its kind in the UK and will enable UK businesses to show that they are considerate of the effect of HIV on staff in their employment practices, recruitment, retention and treatment of employees.

In addition Drew has also recently completed research into the impact of Government cuts, nationally and locally on HIV organisations and charities and how they are coping, or not, in these times of austerity.