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

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

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

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Regulators join forces to protect people in the financial sector
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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..

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Diversity award for the Student Loans Company
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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..

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

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Gender pay gap regulation enforcement to start in October
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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..

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Swansea Player Affected by Racial Abuse
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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..

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

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New report shows undeniable lack of diversity in UK company boardrooms
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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..

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Step up to social work
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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..

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

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London Mayor announces members of new landmark Commission
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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..

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Santander Universities Launches The Black Inclusion Programme
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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..

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Heather Small is confirmed as new Patron for the Iris Prize
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Heather Small is confirmed as new Patron for the Iris Prize

Organisers of the Cardiff based Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival are delighted to have  confirm the appointment of Heather Small as a patron of the organisation. The world-famous soul singer achieved huge success in the 90s with the group M People, selling over 10 million..

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Interview Tips For Internships
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Interview Tips For Internships

However, as long as you are thoroughly prepared for what lies ahead, there is no reason why your nerves cannot be used to your advantage to help you to enhance your performance. Preparation When attending an interview for an internship, it is just as important..

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How to become a confident public speaker
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How to become a confident public speaker

If you dislike talking in public you’re not alone; millions of people dislike standing in front of an audience. However, fear of public speaking might be damaging for a career. No matter how strong your technical skills and qualifications you are at a serious disadvantage..

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Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality
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Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality

The shifting focus on diversity and inclusion has meant that racial inequality and systemic racism, has been brought to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. How to get started with promoting and embedding racial equity however, may not be as easy as it first appears...

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Video sign language enables students to have more meaningful conversations with each other
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Video sign language enables students to have more meaningful conversations with each other

Video sign language enables students to have more meaningful conversations with each other – with huge benefits for wellbeing and potentially for learning. In 2020 university students relied more than ever on Wi-Fi connection and experienced a loss of personal connection with family at home,..

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KICK IT OUT Announces new CEO
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KICK IT OUT Announces new CEO

Kick It Out has announced the appointment of Tony Burnett as its new Chief Executive Officer. Tony will take up his role on 1st February 2021. Tony is an experienced diversity and inclusion specialist and business leader, having successfully supported a number of public and..

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Equality body welcomes Police Scotland action on flexible working
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Equality body welcomes Police Scotland action on flexible working

Police Scotland’s work to prevent sex discrimination against female officers who request flexible working arrangements has today been welcomed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, who described the progress made as “transformational” in ensuring flexible working arrangements are available to police officers,..

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Coronavirus and its Impact on Different Ethnic Groups
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Coronavirus and its Impact on Different Ethnic Groups

According to a report published by the Office of National Statistics, most ethnic groups in the UK experienced a worsening of their self-reported mental health between 2019 and April 2020. This was based on their GHQ-12 score, after adjusting for age, sex, socio-economic classification (NS-SEC),..

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UK Schools spread misinformation about Hinduism, resulting in bullying & racial hate crime, report suggests
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UK Schools spread misinformation about Hinduism, resulting in bullying & racial hate crime, report suggests

A report [1] published by INSIGHT UK today reveals that pupils leave school with an incorrect and sparse understanding of Hinduism. INSIGHT UK is an organisation that aims to address the concerns of the British Hindu and British Indian communities. The document titled "A report..

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Housebuilder Launches First Graduate Scheme to Attract and Develop its Future Leaders
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Housebuilder Launches First Graduate Scheme to Attract and Develop its Future Leaders

Top ten national and leading Partnership homebuilder Keepmoat Homes has launched its first ever graduate scheme as it looks to find six new recruits ready to follow in the footsteps of its Chief Executive Officer Tim Beale who started in the industry as a graduate..

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Junior job market ‘crisis’ – Hiring of industry hopefuls grinds to a halt
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Junior job market ‘crisis’ – Hiring of industry hopefuls grinds to a halt

Junior job market ‘crisis’ as companies freeze the hiring of industry hopefuls  UX roles and health writers become ‘golden ticket’ jobs making them the industry’s ‘most wanted’  Wages flat-line as UK advertisers pull more than £1.1bn spend during Covid lockdown  Influx of C-suite level candidates..

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Biggest drop in graduate jobs since ‘Great Recession’
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Biggest drop in graduate jobs since ‘Great Recession’

The number of graduate jobs dropped by 12% in 2020 with the majority of employers anticipating further decline next year, reports Institute of Student Employers (ISE).  reports that this is the largest fall in graduate recruitment since 2008/9 when the market contracted by 25%1. While..

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Close to one million Rainbow Laces snapped up for LGBT+ inclusion in sport
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Close to one million Rainbow Laces snapped up for LGBT+ inclusion in sport

Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, is re-launching its award-winning Rainbow Laces campaign in partnership with TeamPride, for the fifth year. Since the campaign’s conception, the charity has sent out close to one million pairs of their Rainbow Laces and..

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Explore Sky: Female Coders Digital Insight Day
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Explore Sky: Female Coders Digital Insight Day

We’d like to invite you to the Female Coders digital insight day at Sky. Achieving a better gender and ethnic balance is high on our list, so we’re investing in programmes to help us get there. So come along to spend a virtual day with..

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Highways England signs legally binding agreement to protect staff from sexual harassment
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Highways England signs legally binding agreement to protect staff from sexual harassment

Highways England has signed a legally binding agreement with Britain’s Equality watchdog after a staff member was awarded £74,000 in compensation for sexual harassment and unfair dismissal. The agency signed the legal document, known as a section 23 agreement under the Equality Act 2006, to..

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Equality body to scrutinise racial inequality of workers in health and social care
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Equality body to scrutinise racial inequality of workers in health and social care

Britain’s national equality body has opened a statutory inquiry into racial inequality of ethnic minority workers in lower paid roles in health and social care. In its terms of reference, the EHRC says it will examine the experiences of workers from a range of ethnic..

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10 Tips to Reinvent Your Career in the Time of Coronavirus
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10 Tips to Reinvent Your Career in the Time of Coronavirus

So it’s no wonder then that the current pandemic is leading to many people rethinking their careers. Maybe you’re on furlough with more time on your hands, maybe your job doesn’t seem very important anymore - what you do know however, is that you want..

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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector
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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector

Otis Boykin, Lincoln Hawkins, Garrett Morgan, Shirley Jackson, Lewis Latimer, Marie Van Britten…just to name a few people who have had an impact on our world – but does everyone know who these people are? These are all people from the Black, Asian and Minority..

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Salary Expectation Gap Between Men and Women Doubles in 2 Years
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Salary Expectation Gap Between Men and Women Doubles in 2 Years

Survey of 23,000 workers by Universum reveals that in 2020 men expect to earn 25% more than women – up from 13% more in 2018 Covid-19 has drastically transformed workplace priorities with women placing higher importance on job security while men seek more recognition The..

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Fewer Graduates feel universities are preparing students for the changing workplace
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Fewer Graduates feel universities are preparing students for the changing workplace

Many of this year’s graduates finished their degrees online and are due to enter the workplace amidst a tumultuous jobs market, however, fewer graduates felt like their university had prepared them for the workplace this year, with only 15% reporting that they felt completely prepared..

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Is the BBC Rejecting A New Age Of Diversity and Inclusion? 
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Is the BBC Rejecting A New Age Of Diversity and Inclusion? 

The BBC as a top media institution must do better.  Operating since June 1920, it has provided the world with primarily radio and television broadcasts, delivering breaking news, commentary and entertainment through assorted mediums. However, the BBC must get it right on race.  Over the years, the..

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UK Orchestras signing up to diversity audit to include more Black and Asian musicians
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UK Orchestras signing up to diversity audit to include more Black and Asian musicians

I’M IN, an organisational self-analysis tool that LMM developed with support from management consulting firm AlixPartners and Diversity and Inclusion consultants Frost Included (who led the diversity and inclusion strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games) to help music organisations build strategies to dismantle racism and all..

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Tony Fenwick MBE – Obituary
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Tony Fenwick MBE – Obituary

Tony Fenwick MBE, a lifelong trade unionist dedicated to education, justice for all and fair play for LGBT+ students and staff in schools, died earlier this month after a long period of illness. He was a giant of the LGBT+ movement for over twenty years,..

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NHS Race and Health Observatory appoints Marie Gabriel CBE as chair
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NHS Race and Health Observatory appoints Marie Gabriel CBE as chair

Ms Gabriel has more than 18 years of experience on NHS boards, including in her current roles as chair of the North East London Integrated Care System and chair of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and before that, chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust...

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Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE becomes patron of the Alfred Fagon Award
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Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE becomes patron of the Alfred Fagon Award

The patronage reflects the Baroness’s belief that diversity in life and the arts should be reflected in every aspect of our society. She has spent many decades championing diversity and the arts and feels that she can use her position to focus attention on and..

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Charity boss Tony Sewell to head government race commission
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Charity boss Tony Sewell to head government race commission

The formation of the body was announced in June by Boris Johnson in wake of anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd. It will look at all aspects of inequality, including criminal justice, education, employment and health. Mr Sewell said the commission would "seek..

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