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Training: core packages and bespoke options

Find out about the training ECU delivers for the higher education sector and beyond.

ECU’s workshops equip delegates with the skills to challenge barriers to equality within their institutions and implement good practice. The content is based upon ECU’s research, practical knowledge and experience and can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of your institution.

ECU runs a number of our core workshops each year which are open to all ECU subscribers. In addition subscribers can choose to have a workshop delivered as their consultancy day. If you are a subscriber and would like to arrange a workshop please contact your account manager. We are also able to offer bespoke training upon request.

We recognise that many subscribers will be interested in rolling the training out across their institutions. Each programme can be delivered as a ‘train the trainer’ workshop: giving your staff the skills and confidence to train others.

Previous participant have said:

‘Excellent pragmatic approach, brilliant trainer, appropriate information, discursive and very good materials.’

Organisational development and engagement manager

‘The fact that we worked on real life cases and examples plus an enthusiastic presenter made the course very interesting.’

Delegate

‘Knowledge-based – extremely informative. Delivered very well, down-to-earth, factual with good materials.’

Head of division

‘Excellent, pragmatic, tailored delivery.’

Recruitment services manager

Core workshop packages

Anticipating reasonable adjustments workshop >

Services delivered by higher education institutions for their staff and students may present barriers to people with impairments.

Disabling barriers may be physical (the design of the built environment), procedural (the way a service is delivered) or social (lack of awareness, negative attitudes towards disabled people – whether conscious or unconscious). People with different impairments, and people who disclose similar impairments, may experience different disabling barriers.

This workshop enables staff working in service provision to anticipate and remove disabling barriers: ensuring their services are inclusive to all staff and students.

Through group discussions and practical exercises participants will:

  • explore the terms ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ and gain an understanding of the social and structural model of disability
  • understand the legal requirement to make reasonable adjustments
  • identify their role in providing reasonable adjustment and actions they can take to achieve them

You can also choose our 'train the trainer' workshop, equipping staff in your institution with the ability to deliver the workshops.

Equality and diversity awareness workshop >

ECU’s equality and diversity awareness programme is designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with a range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

Focusing on skills development and practical application, this course brings equality and diversity issues alive through discussions, personal reflection and interactive exercises.

Through group discussions and practical exercises participants will:

  • Explore the reasons for becoming champions of equality and diversity
  • Gain an understanding of equality legislation, including the Equality Act 2010
  • Consider practical steps an organisation can take to create an inclusive and accessible setting for all
  • Explore the tensions that threaten to destabilise good relations and ways to identify and prevent them
  • Reflect on the learning from the day and what actions they will take in their workplace.

You can also choose our 'train the trainer' workshop, equipping staff in your institution with the ability to deliver the workshops.

Good relations in higher and further education workshop >

Colleges and higher education institutions have a legal duty to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

ECU’s workshop equips delegates with the knowledge and skills to identify and manage tensions that may destabilise relations between different groups and develop strategies for promoting good relations.

Through group discussions and practical exercises participants will:

  • explore the legal framework within which higher education institutions manage their responsibility to promote good relations
  • consider their own response to a range of good relations issues and to deepen their understanding of ways to navigate the complexities of deeply held values and beliefs.
  • discuss short, medium and long-term strategies for managing and promoting good relations
  • develop practical skills through applying strategies to a range of scenarios based on real situations

You can also choose our 'train the trainer' workshop, equipping staff in your institution with the ability to deliver the workshops.

Unconscious bias workshop >

However strong our commitment to equality and diversity, our background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can result in a set of unconscious biases which, if unmanaged, can influence our decisions and actions and risk undermining our positive intention to behave fairly.

ECU’s unconscious bias programme equips participants with the knowledge and skills to identify unconscious biases, understand their impact upon behaviour and decision making, and develop techniques to minimise that impact.

Through group discussions and practical exercises participants will:

  • explore the way the brain processes information, making shortcuts and assumptions which may have implications for how fairly we treat people
  • delve into the existing psychological evidence of how those shortcuts and assumptions impact on behaviour and decisions
  • discuss  strategies and mechanisms for managing our brain’s processing
  • focus on the potential for unconscious bias to influence behaviour and decision making in the context of their own roles

You can also choose our 'train the trainer' workshop, equipping staff in your institution with the ability to deliver the workshops.