DIVERSITY NEWS

We will bring together all the relevant news, views and opinion of the day from across UK workplaces, government policy, legislation, best practice and innovation as well as continuously highlighting the benefits that Diversity and Inclusion brings to UK plc.


Shoosmiths launches Diversity & Inclusion product under Connected Services offering
0 comment

Shoosmiths launches Diversity & Inclusion product under Connected Services offering

The non-legal advice arm of leading UK law firm Shoosmiths, Shoosmiths8 Connected Services (Shoosmiths8), has added a new product focused on diversity and inclusion (D&I) to its roster since launching in March this year. Shoosmiths8 provides non-legal products to its clients, complementing the firm’s existing..

Read More
Bank of England admits major failings in promoting Diversity after Bank’s governing court’s report
0 comment

Bank of England admits major failings in promoting Diversity after Bank’s governing court’s report

The governor of the  has pledged to do more to tackle systemic racial inequality after a hard-hitting review found the 327-year-old institution was failing to do enough to promote diversity. In an article for the Guardian, Governor of the Bank of England, ,  conceded that a..

Read More
Lewis Hamilton says diversity in motorsport would be his most valuable achievement
0 comment

Lewis Hamilton says diversity in motorsport would be his most valuable achievement

Hamilton said he hoped the findings of a study he commissioned into improving the representation of minorities in the industry would be "part of my legacy".   The report was conducted in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. "I look back at my young..

Read More
FA Strongly Condemn Racist abuse against England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka who all missed penalties
0 comment

FA Strongly Condemn Racist abuse against England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka who all missed penalties

The Football Association has condemned racist abuse aimed at England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka after Sunday's Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy. All three players missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss and were targeted on social media after the game...

Read More
Euro 2020: Diverse England Football Team that is Winning many new Fans.
0 comment

Euro 2020: Diverse England Football Team that is Winning many new Fans.

The countries’ hopes for football silverware rest on racially diverse team members who are equally active on off-field matters. There are millions of fans ecstatic that England’s men’s team has reached the final of a major tournament – Euro 2020 – for the first time..

Read More
British Cycling say only 5% of riders are currently black on their Cycling Talent Development programmes
0 comment

British Cycling say only 5% of riders are currently black on their Cycling Talent Development programmes

British Cycling has announced it is offering more scholarships to widen access to education and coaching opportunities as part of a new plan to boost diversity. There Ride strategy focuses on equality, diversity, and inclusion to ensure riders of all backgrounds can fulfil their cycling..

Read More
Liverpool attacks on young Bisexual Teenager
0 comment

Liverpool attacks on young Bisexual Teenager

Josh Ormrod is a music student from Buxton, living in Liverpool, and he is bisexual. In the early hours of 17 June, he was beaten up outside a bar in the city. "It's 2021, things are supposed to be better for us now," says 19-year-old..

Read More
UK Startups Lack Gender Diversity in Top Technical Jobs
0 comment

UK Startups Lack Gender Diversity in Top Technical Jobs

Women account for about 2-3% of engineering and technology directors in startups and scaleups. In a recent report published by Computer Weekly’s Angelica Mari, she states that the proportion of women occupying technology-focused senior roles in UK startups and scaleups is still tiny, despite the hiring growth seen recently,..

Read More
At Interviews People Didn’t Believe My CV.
0 comment

At Interviews People Didn’t Believe My CV.

When portfolio board director Shefaly Yogendra first came to the UK, she faced many challenges getting a job. "One of the first hurdles I experienced in the UK was not having blue-chip names on my CV," she told the BBC in a recent interview. "Some..

Read More
Businesses with Targeted Racial Equity Measures had 60% Higher Revenues
0 comment

Businesses with Targeted Racial Equity Measures had 60% Higher Revenues

As the UK gradually recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, firms need to make inclusion part of their future strategy, experts say. Firms that provide targeted support for ethnic minority groups earn on average 58 per cent more revenue than businesses that do..

Read More
Employers not doing enough to nurture female talent in tech
0 comment

Employers not doing enough to nurture female talent in tech

Study shows only one in four female tech professionals felt uncomfortable to ask their employer for a salary increase—showing there’s still a long way to go on the road to gender equality in the workplace. The latest annual report from specialist tech staffing firm has..

Read More
Maritime UK celebrates one year of Diversity in Maritime.
0 comment

Maritime UK celebrates one year of Diversity in Maritime.

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, is shining a spotlight on the Diversity in Maritime Programme, one year from its launch. Diversity in Maritime aims to promote a fair, equal, and inclusive UK maritime sector that embraces diversity and creates a supportive..

Read More
The Equality and Human Rights Commission leaves Stonewall Diversity Scheme
0 comment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission leaves Stonewall Diversity Scheme

Britain's human rights watchdog has not renewed its membership of a diversity scheme run by LGBT group Stonewall. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it told Stonewall it would be leaving the Diversity Champions scheme in March. Members pay Stonewall a fee and allow it to..

Read More
Royal Navy Promotes Jersey Woman as First Female Admiral
0 comment

Royal Navy Promotes Jersey Woman as First Female Admiral

The Royal Navy has appointed its first female admiral, and Commodore Jude Terry will take up the rank of rear admiral in August 2022. Cdre Terry will take on the roles of the Royal Navy's director of people and training and naval secretary. Whilst she..

Read More
Racism in schools: time for less talk and more real action, says Learning Hive
0 comment

Racism in schools: time for less talk and more real action, says Learning Hive

Feedback from forum sessions show racial biases and segregation between communities are still prevalent in educational settings Efforts to address racism in school settings have been discussed at length by governments, local authorities and school leaders, but feedback from parents and those working in local..

Read More
Pandemic internships more likely to be unpaid and face-to-face
0 comment

Pandemic internships more likely to be unpaid and face-to-face

Work experience has been scarce during the pandemic, but students undertaking opportunities are more likely to have been unpaid and worked in person. Prospects', part of Jisc, survey of more than 3,000 university and sixth form/college students shows that since a quarter of students lost..

Read More
Over half of LGBTQI students in Europe bullied in school
0 comment

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..

Read More
It was a Big Night for Women’s Football -So Why are there so few BAME players in English women’s football?
0 comment

It was a Big Night for Women’s Football -So Why are there so few BAME players in English women’s football?

Barcelona took the Champions League Women’s trophy after they beat Chelsea 4-0 this Sunday at the Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg Sweden. Barcelona are the first club to have won the men’s and ladies Champions League and is also the biggest margin of victory since..

Read More
A Quarter of Students have Decided to Pursue a Tech Career Since the Pandemic
0 comment

A Quarter of Students have Decided to Pursue a Tech Career Since the Pandemic

Almost a quarter (22%) of 16-17-year-old have decided to pursue a career in tech since the pandemic. That is according to research from UK Talent Works, which surveyed over 400 UK students and tech professionals in the early stages of their careers on their education..

Read More
Half of students concerned about impact of pandemic tuition on job prospects
0 comment

Half of students concerned about impact of pandemic tuition on job prospects

Half of students are worried that lockdown teaching will affect them after graduation  A third of UK students consider another year of education to make up for lost learning  One third of third-year students delay entering the workplace for another year One in 10 admit..

Read More
Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality
0 comment

Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality

The recent protests that have sparked the global debates around diversity and inclusion, and with institutional racism being a key focus of conversations, how can leaders develop and develop truly equitable workplace environments, whilst putting a better focus on increasing racial equity? The shifting focus..

Read More
Professional services firms named as UK’s top 25 employers
0 comment

Professional services firms named as UK’s top 25 employers

LinkedIn the Social business platform has unveiled the most attractive companies to work for in the UK. The list features five professional services firms, with the list finding that PwC, Deloitte, EY, Wipro and Accenture each offer industry leading opportunities for their employees. LinkedIn is..

Read More
Maritime UK celebrates one year of Diversity in the Maritime Industries
0 comment

Maritime UK celebrates one year of Diversity in the Maritime Industries

Diversity in Maritime aims to promote a fair, equal, and inclusive UK maritime sector that embraces diversity and creates a supportive and open environment for all to be able to achieve their potential. The programme works closely with the Maritime Skills Commission to ensure the..

Read More
PROUD TO BE: Black History Month UK launches theme for Black history Month 2021
0 comment

PROUD TO BE: Black History Month UK launches theme for Black history Month 2021

New campaign for Black History Month 2021 invites Black and Brown people around the UK to share what they are Proud To Be – for a festival of celebration in October Black History Month UK magazine is launching a new campaign to mark Black History..

Read More
Church of England shortlists must include ethnic minorities, report says
0 comment

Church of England shortlists must include ethnic minorities, report says

All shortlists for senior Church of England posts must include at least one ethnic minority candidate, a report has said. It is one of 47 recommendations made by the Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce, which was established last year after the Black Lives Matter protests. It said..

Read More
Entertainment Industry Launches Anti-racism Toolkit
0 comment

Entertainment Industry Launches Anti-racism Toolkit

Many organisations covering the performing arts and wider cultural sector in the UK, including the National Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Shakespeare Company, have agreed to track their progress tackling racism as part of a newly launched initiative by diversity organisation Inc Arts..

Read More
Study of gender inequality in marketing academic journals shows men hold over two thirds of editorial board positions
0 comment

Study of gender inequality in marketing academic journals shows men hold over two thirds of editorial board positions

Women are significantly underrepresented in the editorial boards of marketing academic journals, and awards and recognition favour men, new research from the University of Bath School of Management has found. In their study ‘It’s hard to be what you can’t see’ - gender representation in..

Read More
Theatre Artists Fund receives a further £500k from Mackintosh Foundation on anniversary of Theatre Shutdown.
0 comment

Theatre Artists Fund receives a further £500k from Mackintosh Foundation on anniversary of Theatre Shutdown.

Created last July by director Sam Mendes, Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, the Theatre Artists Fund provides emergency financial aid to the freelancers who make up an estimated 70% of the theatre sector, many of whom have received no Government support. Cameron Mackintosh..

Read More
“Now Is The Time” Business Leaders Urge Pm To Tackle Growing Disability Employment Gap.
0 comment

“Now Is The Time” Business Leaders Urge Pm To Tackle Growing Disability Employment Gap.

Business leaders have backed a call for the Prime Minister to deliver on his promise of a truly transformative National Strategy for Disabled People. In an open letter to Boris Johnson, business leaders including Post Office CEO, Nick Read, Schroders CEO, Peter Harrison, and Clifford..

Read More
Why the Head of Diversity is the Job of the Moment?
0 comment

Why the Head of Diversity is the Job of the Moment?

However, there is a growing consensus that this position — whether you call it Head of Diversity and Inclusion or Chief Diversity 0fficer or Diversity Director — will be critical to an organization’s ability to grow, innovate, and compete for talent in the future. Long..

Read More
EVENT: Putting a stop to microaggressions and banter – organisational approaches
0 comment

EVENT: Putting a stop to microaggressions and banter – organisational approaches

We know that it is the subtle forms of exclusion which are the most insidious and which can be the most destructive when we are seeking to build inclusive cultures. Microaggressions and exclusionary behaviours such as banter prevent us from creating workplaces that feel safe..

Read More
UK Towns with Multicultural Diversity do much Better Economically
0 comment

UK Towns with Multicultural Diversity do much Better Economically

The UK largely celebrates its diversity and cultures too which is what makes it so special. However why is the UK so Multicultural? UK Skills Shortages – Immigration built the UK’s diverse population. The UK’s an attractive place to live. The British Empire – The..

Read More
BBC  to require 95% of Staff to Attend ‘Unconscious Bias’ Training.
0 comment

BBC  to require 95% of Staff to Attend ‘Unconscious Bias’ Training.

The corporation is also aiming for 50% of LGBT employees to be 'out' at work, based on the proportion of people identifying as gay or transgender who state in an annual staff survey that they have revealed their sexuality to their manager. The BBC says it..

Read More
London’s Top Companies Improved Representation for Ethnic Minorities
0 comment

London’s Top Companies Improved Representation for Ethnic Minorities

A new survey shows that the number of FTSE 100 companies who had at least one director for an ethnic minority group on their board grew from 54 to 81. It marks rapid progress at the top level of the business world between January 2020..

Read More
Regulators join forces to safeguard rights of people in health and social care
0 comment

Regulators join forces to safeguard rights of people in health and social care

A  outlines how both regulators will improve co-operation and the exchange of information between them on equality and human rights issues. For example, the EHRC will share any intelligence with the CQC where it may have concerns about the equality and human rights standards of health..

Read More
Employers in the UK report downbeat hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2021.
0 comment

Employers in the UK report downbeat hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2021.

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter 2021 has just been published,  It was conducted by interviewing a representative sample of 1,306 employers in the UK. All survey participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in..

Read More
Will Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch Quit Over LGBT Stance?
0 comment

Will Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch Quit Over LGBT Stance?

Jayne Ozanne quit the panel, along with two other advisers, claiming delays in banning conversion therapy. She told the BBC Ms Badenoch did not understand the LGBT+ community and should stand aside for someone who "had more heart for the work". The government vowed to..

Read More
Join the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Team -Your NHS needs you NOW.
0 comment

Join the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Team -Your NHS needs you NOW.

The response of current NHS staff and those who have come forward to help out – whether the tens of thousands of former staff and students, or the hundreds of thousands of volunteers – has been nothing short of inspirational, and played a major role..

Read More
Report Reveals That BAME Representation Went Backwards In British TV Last Year
0 comment

Report Reveals That BAME Representation Went Backwards In British TV Last Year

Diversity went into reverse in the British television industry last year, a damning new report has revealed, despite a global reckoning over racism and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. The , a membership network of major British..

Read More
Number of female directors in FTSE 100 companies has increased by 50% in the last five years
0 comment

Number of female directors in FTSE 100 companies has increased by 50% in the last five years

The government-backed Hampton-Alexander review, which was launched back in 2016, achieved its target of 33% of board positions on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies to be held by women by December 2020. The number of women on these boards rose from 682 to 1,026..

Read More
Regulators join forces to protect people in the financial sector
0 comment

Regulators join forces to protect people in the financial sector

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help protect people in financial service markets. The MoU sets out how the EHRC and FCA will share information with each other about businesses..

Read More
Diversity award for the Student Loans Company
0 comment

Diversity award for the Student Loans Company

The organisation has been awarded Investors in Diversity (IiD) accreditation by the National Centre for Diversity (NCD). The accreditation follows an assessment during which SLC was able to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to embedding equality, diversity, inclusion and fairness in all that it does. The..

Read More
UK Youth Report reveals the impact of COVID-19 on youth services
0 comment

UK Youth Report reveals the impact of COVID-19 on youth services

In a report published today, UK Youth reveals the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth services. Today’s report shows the true scale of the substantial increase in demand for services against the rapid decrease in funding. Preliminary data, first published in December, revealed that..

Read More
Gender pay gap regulation enforcement to start in October
0 comment

Gender pay gap regulation enforcement to start in October

Due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, enforcement action against employers failing to report their gender pay gap will start on 5 October 2021, the Equality and Human rights Commission (EHRC) has announced. Enforcement for the reporting year 2019/20 was suspended in March..

Read More
Swansea Player Affected by Racial Abuse
0 comment

Swansea Player Affected by Racial Abuse

Yan Dhanda was racially abused on Instagram following Swansea's loss to Manchester City last week; the midfielder revealed the messages hit him harder than he thought they would; Dhanda, however, refuses to leave social media, feeling the abuser would then win. The incident occurred following..

Read More
Natasha Mann named Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Universal Music UK
0 comment

Natasha Mann named Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Universal Music UK

Making her move after 12 years at Island Records, she will work closely with Universal Music UK’s senior leadership team “to build on, shape and communicate the company’s mission and policies around diversity and inclusion”, according to a press statement. Her wide-ranging brief will include..

Read More
New report shows undeniable lack of diversity in UK company boardrooms
0 comment

New report shows undeniable lack of diversity in UK company boardrooms

UK  companies  may end up paying a financial price for a lack of boardroom diversity after a report revealed an overwhelming presence of white males in leadership roles at small cap UK firms. The warning came from Alexandra Altinger, the chief executive of JO Hambro Capital noted..

Read More
Step up to social work
0 comment

Step up to social work

Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers. This is part of the UK Government's Plan for Jobs which is protecting, supporting and creating jobs across the country. Gateshead Council..

Read More
Birmingham is the number one targeted University by UK’s top graduate employers
0 comment

Birmingham is the number one targeted University by UK’s top graduate employers

The University of Birmingham has been named the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2021. The survey, conducted during December 2020, assessed the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic had on graduate recruitment in 2020 and..

Read More
London Mayor announces members of new landmark Commission
0 comment

London Mayor announces members of new landmark Commission

15 members of new landmark Commission to ensure London’s historic achievements are properly reflected across the capital Drive for greater diversity across the public realm – including statues, street names, building names and memorials Commissioners will work with an expert Partners Board and a Borough..

Read More
Santander Universities Launches The Black Inclusion Programme
0 comment

Santander Universities Launches The Black Inclusion Programme

Santander Universities UK’s mission is to support students from diverse backgrounds into university, work and self-employment. Collaborating with a large network of university partners, Santander Universities UK has spent over ten successful years removing barriers to higher education and, in turn, providing life changing opportunities..

Read More