Key Points
  • Establishing diverse leadership teams in Higher Education
  • Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of your University
  • Implementing comprehensive EDI training for your institution
  • Addressing Issues around the BAME and Gender Pay Gap
  • Supporting staff who experience discrimination and abuse
  • Implementing inclusive recruitment processes to attract diverse talent
  • Establishing inclusive University policies to nurture supportive workplaces for women in academic positions


Overview

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Karen Holford CBE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University - *11th in Stonewall’s top 100 most inclusive Employer, and the highest ranked University*
  • Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Reading
  • Professor Nelarine Cornelius, Professor of Organisation Studies & Associate Dean, Academic Staff Development, Queen Mary University London
  • Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Pro-Vice Provost - Africa and The Middle East, UCL
  • Dr Clara Barker, Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group & Stonewall University & Schools Role Model
  • Dr Allan Laville, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading
  • Chris Jay, Founder, Bascule Disability Training & Advisor to the University of Southampton, *Disability Confident Leader*
  • Professor Amina Memon, Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway University
  • Jenny Lennox, Bargaining and Negotiations Official & Pay Gap Lead, UCU
  • Professor Iyiola Solanke, School of Law, University of Leeds
  • Julie Campbell, HR Manager for Equality and Diversity, University of Sheffield


With 91.6% of professors being white, only 1 in 4 being women, 4.9% declaring as being disabled and only one black Vice-Chancellor in the whole of the UK, the HE sector is undoubtedly behind other sectors in championing diversity and inclusion. As the Diversity and Inclusion agenda gains momentum for the student population, creating a more inclusive and diverse staff network at our Universities is paramount for the progress of Higher Education institutions.*

Westminster Insight’s Diversity in Higher Education Conference will explore strategies to diversify leadership teams, implement EDI training to all staff and review recruitment processes across your institution.

Hear from the sector’s highest ranked Stonewall employer and find out how the University of Southampton became the sector’s first Disability Confident Leader. You will also hear about how to establish a whole university approach to EDI and how to ensure minority groups have progression opportunities in your organisation.

Attend this event to hear UCU talk about their research on the Gender and BAME Pay Gap and how peers across the sector are tackling discrimination towards minority groups.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/sep/07/uk-university-professors-black-minority-ethnic

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Refreshments and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Amina Memon Chair of Psychology, Royal Holloway University

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09:05 - 09:40
Keynote Address: Establishing Diverse Leadership Teams in Higher Education

 
  • Ensuring that minority groups have progression opportunities within the institution to eliminate barriers to advancing to senior positions 
  • Supporting BAME talent across the institution by establishing links and connections between senior staff and the rest of the workforce 
  • Exploring Government policy around Diversity and Leadership following feedback from the Cabinet Office

    09:30-09:40 Questions and Discussions


Speakers

Professor Nelarine Cornelius Co-Vice Chair - British Academy of Management, Vice President - CIPD, Member - CRED

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09:40 - 10:15
Keynote Address: Exploring the Business Case for an Ideas Based Staff Team Thriving with Diverse Input

 
  • Why a diverse staff base can help universities to engage with students from many different backgrounds 
  • Exploring the student recruitment benefits of seeing a department with equal Gender, BAME, LGBT and Disabled staff at your University 
  • Reviewing how Cardiff University became and retains its 11th placed ranking as a Stonewall Inclusive Employer

    10:05-10:15 Questions and Discussions 

Speakers

Professor Karen Holford CBE Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

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10:15 - 10:50
Implementing Comprehensive EDI Training for your Institution

 
  • Integrating diversity training across the organisation to ensure cross institutional engagement with EDI
  • Expanding the University curriculum to be inclusive and intersectional, including academics and readings from underrepresented backgrounds 
  • Involving minority groups into decision making to give staff a sense of belonging to their department 
  • Establishing diversity networks (e.g. BAME or LGBT networks) in your institution

    10:40-10:50 Questions and Discussions


Speakers

Dr Clara Barker Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group & Stonewall University & Schools Role Model

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10:50 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking Break

 

11:20 - 12:00
Keynote Address: Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into Every Aspect of your University

 
  • Setting targets and ensuring a proactive commitment to EDI alongside compliance
  • Exploring what senior management can do to lead by example for D&I        
  • Exploring why a top down approach is not enough by broadening dedication to EDI across the University

    11:50-12:00 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Dr Allan Laville Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading

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Professor Parveen Yaqoob Deputy Vice Chancellor & Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading

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12:00 - 12:30
Addressing Issues around the BAME and Gender Pay Gap

 
  • Examining the most recent UCU report of the gender pay gap to understand the state of play across the sector
  • Understanding the full extent of the pay-gap by establishing more comprehensive pay gap reporting and harnessing data and statistics in your organisation        
  • Reviewing the root causes to pay gap issues such as the gender and racial imbalance among senior academic staff

    12:20-12:30 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Jenny Lennox Bargaining and Negotiations Official & Pay Gap Lead, UCU

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12:30 - 13:00
Diversity and Inclusion - Not Just About Fairness

 
  • Implementing inclusive recruitment processes to attract diverse talent
  • Harnessing the diversity of the student body by upskilling and hiring internally from the student body 
  • Instilling a sense of community, loyalty and inclusivity at your institution by showing willing to recruit talented students
  • Creating inclusive recruitment panels to help drive more diverse talent into positions  

    12:50-13:00 Questions and Discussions


Speakers

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu Pro-Vice Provost - Africa and The Middle East, UCL

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13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:30
Supporting Staff who Experience Discrimination and Abuse

 
  • Exploring ways of recording discrimination and establishing clear definitions of what discrimination is 
  • Introducing progressive University policies and strategies to combat racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism in all its forms 
  • Examining the legal support available for discrimination towards staff

    14:20-14:30 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Professor Iyiola Solanke School of Law, University of Leeds

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14:30 - 15:00
Case Study: Exploring how Universities can become a Certified Disability Confident Leader

 
  • How to make disability confident accreditation meaningful, and go beyond surface level engagement 
  • Creating mechanisms and policies to value and listen to feedback from disabled staff 
  • Breaking down barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff
  • Exploring areas such as language, disability definition, etiquette, disclosure and physical accessibility 
  • Making reasonable adjustments as required to promote a culture of being Disability confident

    14:50-15:00 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Chris Jay Chris Jay, Founder, Bascule Disability Training

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15:00 - 15:30
Establishing Inclusive University Policies to Nurture Supportive Workplaces for Women in Academic Positions

 
  • Helping Universities manage Menopause at work & improve performance        
  • Establishing inclusive process around maternity rights and mothers’ return to work
  • Providing additional support to female academics and researchers to help minimise the impact of extended leave on their research activities and help develop their careers

    15:20-15:30 Questions and Discussions 

15:30 - 15:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Amina Memon Chair of Psychology, Royal Holloway University

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End

Speakers

Dr Clara Barker Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group & Stonewall University & Schools Role Model

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Julie Campbell HR Manager for Equality and Diversity, University of Sheffield

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Professor Nelarine Cornelius Co-Vice Chair - British Academy of Management, Vice President - CIPD, Member - CRED

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Professor Karen Holford CBE Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

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Chris Jay Chris Jay, Founder, Bascule Disability Training

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Dr Allan Laville Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading

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Jenny Lennox Bargaining and Negotiations Official & Pay Gap Lead, UCU

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Professor Amina Memon Chair of Psychology, Royal Holloway University

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Professor Iyiola Solanke School of Law, University of Leeds

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Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu Pro-Vice Provost - Africa and The Middle East, UCL

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Professor Parveen Yaqoob Deputy Vice Chancellor & Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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