Diversity in Higher Education

University of Reading to Act on Racism
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University of Reading to Act on Racism

The University of Reading has pledged to take action on racism after recently conducting a review into racial equality. The University of Reading's Race Equality Review detailed 20 recommendations to ensure fairer treatment for all staff and students. As part of the review, staff and..

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Over half of LGBTQI students in Europe bullied in school
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Over half of LGBTQI students in Europe bullied in school

More than one in two LGBTQI students in Europe have suffered bullying based on their sexuality, the UN educational, cultural and scientific body (UNESCO) said on Monday, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia. In a survey of more than 17,000 youngsters aged 13 to..

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How research institutes have responded to Covid-19 and gender equality
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How research institutes have responded to Covid-19 and gender equality

Jessica Kitsell, Equality Charters Adviser at Advance HE, introduces the findings of our recent study undertaken with research institute members which highlights best practice responses to Covid-19 and gender equality. Like all other organisations in 2020, research institutes had to adapt quickly to the changing..

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New research ‘highlights clear positive developmental outcomes for participants’ of the Top Management Programme for Higher Education
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New research ‘highlights clear positive developmental outcomes for participants’ of the Top Management Programme for Higher Education

An independent longitudinal study of Advance HE’s executive leadership programme, Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP HE), highlights benefits for participants in leadership identity over comparator groups. Advance HE’s TMP HE is a development programme for executive leaders in higher education which has been..

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Embracing intersectionality to interrogate and action equality, diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning
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Embracing intersectionality to interrogate and action equality, diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning

The education sector is both a reflection of the unequal society we inhabit as well as the foundation for the world we aspire to see. The pursuit of education must therefore confront the injustices that impede our endeavours to achieve a fairer world.” Towards transformative..

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Advance HE invites applications to join its Board of Directors
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Advance HE invites applications to join its Board of Directors

Advance HE is looking to appoint a number of new members to its Board of Directors. The appointments come at a time when Advance HE is about to launch its new strategy ‘to help higher education be the best it can be’. Stephen Marston, recently..

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The University of Law appoints Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
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The University of Law appoints Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

With a career in higher education spanning over 20 years, Patrick joins ULaw from The University of Manchester, where he led the institution on all areas of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the past 13 years. Joining ULaw’s Executive Board, Patrick will report directly to..

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The annual Advance HE  – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021
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The annual Advance HE – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021

Courageous conversations and adventurous approaches: Creative thinking in tackling inequality The theme of this conference speaks to the reality of EDI work in both HE and FE - a growing focus for attention internally and externally, ambitious, analytical, forward-looking, practical and increasingly complex. As EDI..

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Ellen Pugh – Ensuring continued steps towards gender equality
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Ellen Pugh – Ensuring continued steps towards gender equality

Throughout February 2021, Advance HE will be focussing on the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality in higher education (HE). It falls at a time when many countries around the world are in lockdown or have other measures in place to reduce social mixing. There..

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Advance HE to conduct national survey on perceptions of STEM education
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Advance HE to conduct national survey on perceptions of STEM education

Advance HE is to review and remodel the Engineering Brand Monitor (EBM), an annual survey of understanding and knowledge of STEM (particularly engineering) on young people, their parents, and teachers for .  is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to inspire..

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New Programme Launched to Increase Number of Black Students Studying at University of Bath
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New Programme Launched to Increase Number of Black Students Studying at University of Bath

University launches Target Bath, which will see 50 Black British students receive free and personalised support to successfully apply Scheme launched in partnership with diversity recruitment specialist Rare, which runs the successful Target Oxbridge programme Participants will hear from Black British students studying at the..

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Universities are Perpetuating Institutional Racism, Finds Report
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Universities are Perpetuating Institutional Racism, Finds Report

The report recommends that vice-chancellors undergo training to improve racial literacy as part of a sector-wide crackdown, amid calls on senior leaders to admit where there are problems of racism at their institutions. This would include measures to improve understanding and awareness of racism among..

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Tackling structural race inequality in higher education
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Tackling structural race inequality in higher education

The events of 2020 have at times made me pause and reflect. Earlier this year, I wrote a piece for Wonkhe which reflected on when I first started working on addressing degree awarding gaps. That was back in 2008. I reflect even further, to when..

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Five leading UK universities to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged Black British students
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Five leading UK universities to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged Black British students

Cowrie Scholarship Foundation partners with five leading UK universities to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged Black British students (CSF), a new charitable foundation aiming to raise £500,000 to provide scholarships for disadvantaged Black British students, has secured partnerships with Queen Mary University London,..

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Societal engagement as a pathway to equality, diversity and inclusion in science
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Societal engagement as a pathway to equality, diversity and inclusion in science

The Societal Engagement Team hosted a thought-provoking conference for Imperial staff looking at the role of societal engagement in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Across the College, staff at all levels take part in or deliver activities that..

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Advance HE EDI Conference in Edinburgh postponed from 17-19 March
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Advance HE EDI Conference in Edinburgh postponed from 17-19 March

Advance HE has taken the decision to postpone the EDI Conference planned for March 17-19 2020 in Edinburgh due to the current coronavirus pandemic, institutional travel restrictions, and delegate and staff health and wellbeing. Speaking with Diversity Digest they commented "This is not a decision..

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Universities acting to close BAME student attainment gap
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Universities acting to close BAME student attainment gap

Led by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, and Amatey Doku, Vice President for Higher Education at the NUS, UUK and the NUS have been working with universities and students since June 2018 to tackle the disparity between the proportion of ‘top degrees’ (first or..

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De Montfort University – Leading the way in Diversity and Equality
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De Montfort University – Leading the way in Diversity and Equality

Can you tell us about DMU and what your role as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion entails? People are at the heart of DMU, and every single person is different. As head of EDI, my role is to support the university take account of..

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NUS Black students campaign launch a new piece of research into Black student experience in post-compulsory education.
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NUS Black students campaign launch a new piece of research into Black student experience in post-compulsory education.

NUS Black students campaign has launched a new piece of research into Black student experience in post-compulsory education. We are following up on Race for Equality, published in 2011, which was a seminal piece of research exploring the voices of students of African, Asian, Arab..

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Student-led group wins DMU’s first inclusion prize
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Student-led group wins DMU’s first inclusion prize

A group led by students to drive conversations around race, social justice and class has been praised as a shining example of just why De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) won a national award. Their fortnightly reading group has attracted staff and students from all over..

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Report looks at latest trends in UK higher education
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Report looks at latest trends in UK higher education

The report covers the decade between academic years 2006-7 and 2015-16, a period that has seen a transition to new higher education funding systems across a large part of the UK. This year’s report includes a forward-looking chapter on some of the emerging demographic, technological,..

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HS2 contracts ‘not possible’ to win without improving diversity
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HS2 contracts ‘not possible’ to win without improving diversity

Companies hoping to win contracts with HS2 have this week been warned that it will be impossible to do so without improving their organisation’s record for diversity and inclusion. The message was sent by Mark Lomas, head of equality, diversity and inclusion at HS2, talking..

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ECU subscribing institutions win awards at the Guardian University Awards 2017
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ECU subscribing institutions win awards at the Guardian University Awards 2017

The fifth annual Guardian University Awards took place in London on Wednesday 29 March 2017 to recognise outstanding achievement from universities across the UK.  The awards, which are held each year to showcase best practice, achievement and innovation in higher education institutions, currently include two..

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Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education
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Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education

Over the past two years we have seen a significant increase in work related to gender equality. Over the last 10 years ECU has been proud to run the Athena SWAN charter mark for the progression of women in the sciences. We are currently extending..

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Diversity in Higher Education
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Diversity in Higher Education

There are 18,500 professors in the UK, only 85 (0.4%) of those are from African and Caribbean background whereas people from African and Caribbean backgrounds form 3.3% of UK population and 5.9% of UK student population. Do you think the HE sector has a problem..

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