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Gender equality as a launchpad for equality for all?

Published: 20/04/2018

Advance HE is pleased to be hosting this panel session on gender and intersectionality at the Scotland conference on Wednesday 25 April.

The panel will be chaired by Ashlee Christoffersen, researcher at Advance HE, who produced our publication on intersectionality. Outwith Advance HE, she has also been involved in intersectionality policy research as well as applying intersectionality as a practitioner in the third sector. Ashlee is currently undertaking PhD research looking at how equality specialist third sector organisations are thinking about and applying intersectionality.

Joining Ashlee are some fantastic panelists. First, we have Professor Karen Boyle, professor of Feminist Media Studies and programme director for Applied Gender Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Karen has previously worked at the Universities of Wolverhampton, Glasgow and Stirling, and was involved in setting up the Preventing and Tackling Sexual Violence and Misconduct Strategic Group at Stirling. Karen has held various equality roles at Wolverhampton, Stirling and now at Strathclyde.

Second, we will be joined by Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland, the national organisation working on gender equality throughout the STEM sectors. Before joining Equate Scotland, Talat managed projects in the third sector, worked in Scottish Parliament and as a consultant for organisations focused on women’s social and economic equality.

Finally, we will be joined by Professor Peter Hopkins, who is professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University in England. Peter is currently leading a large project about equality and diversity issues in higher education; this project focuses on the experiences of BME, disabled and LGBT staff and students, as well as the issue of everyday sexism.

Our panelists have been asked to consider the following questions:

  • What does intersectionality as a concept and in practice have to offer the aims of furthering equality and diversity in further and higher education in Scotland? What are the most effective ways of developing an intersectional approach to equality and diversity?

Gender equality is high on the policy agenda in Scotland, with several new initiatives to address gender underrepresentation in subject areas, senior positions, and governing bodies.

  • What are the challenges and opportunities of seeing gender equality as a starting point for equality and diversity work?
  • Will work towards intersectional gender equality in further and higher education achieve a trickle-down effect towards equality for other protected characteristics, or is a different approach required?

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