Chandanee Kotecha honoured with Mel Joyner Award for Championing Diversity

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, News on 10th August, 2023

Chandanee KotechaChandanee Kotecha, Clinical Psychologist for DAAIT, has recently been honoured with the Mel Joyner Award for Championing Equality and Diversity at Plymouth University. This award supports students at the University of Plymouth from a ‘widening participation’ background, who are making a contribution to University life.

Rachel Webb, Operational and Strategic Neurodiversity Lead, praised Chandanee and said: "We are delighted to celebrate Chandanee Kotecha's outstanding achievement, who has recently won an award for Championing Equality and Diversity, having been nominated by her students at the University of Plymouth."

One of the students described Chandanee as: "Brilliant at empowering us ... and creating safe spaces where we feel we can speak freely...  continually making the effort to check in. You inspire us to be confident and to be the change we want to see in the profession. All this great work couldn’t have been done without your grounded nature and approachability."

Rachel continued by saying: "Our organisation is dedicated to preventing discrimination, valuing diversity, and promoting equality of opportunity. We are committed to developing and motivating our workforce.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chandanee for receiving this well-deserved award and express our gratitude for her commitment and dedication to her clinical work, colleagues, and students. She is a true inspiration to all."