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.

Professional services firms named as UK’s top 25 employers
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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..

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Maritime UK celebrates one year of Diversity in the Maritime Industries
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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..

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

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Church of England shortlists must include ethnic minorities, report says
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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..

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Entertainment Industry Launches Anti-racism Toolkit
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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..

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

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

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

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

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

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UK Towns with Multicultural Diversity do much Better Economically
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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..

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

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London’s Top Companies Improved Representation for Ethnic Minorities
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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..

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

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

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Will Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch Quit Over LGBT Stance?
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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..

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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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