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Conference 2016

Building the equality community in HE

Across the UK, higher education institutions are delivering innovative equality work to support their students and staff, create inclusive cultures and contribute to a fairer society.

Often, institutions start from scratch on these initiatives, as it can be difficult to find out what has been tried before and to learn from others.

ECU’s 2016 conference aimed to foster connections between institutions on common areas of their equality work and to build a stronger community of practice for equality in HE.


You can access the programme and presentations from the learning sessions here.

Conference programme 2016

Day 1

Learning session 1a, paper 1: Working together for respect at NTU — when consent is everything
Dr Angie Pears and Susanna Dermody, Nottingham Trent University

Learning session 1a, paper 2: It’s time to talk about mental health issues
Dr James Palfreman-Kay and Angela Warren, Bournemouth University, and David Corbin, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

Learning session 1b: Learning and unlearning whiteness
Danielle Chavrimootoo and Ross Dawson, Liverpool John Moores University

Leaning session 1c: Building a ‘business case’ for equality and diversity for higher education
Candy Rowe, Newcastle University

Learning session 1d: ‘We only have one bank account!’
Emma Taylor-Steeds and Martin Steinmuller, Kingston University London

Learning session 2a, paper 1: What sort of diversity are we seeking in order to create a kind of people who can learn from each other?
Mandy Jack, Swansea University

Learning session 2a, paper 2: Exploring the experiences of BAME social work and adult nursing students
Dave Marsland, University of Hull

Learning session 2b: Positive action and the legal framework
Professor Chantal Davies, University of Chester

Learning session 2c: Tackling leadership challenges for BME leaders in HE
Vijaya Nath and Tracy Bell-Reeves, LFHE

Day 2

Learning session 3a, paper 1: Championing equality and diversity — ‘top-down, bottom-up for impact’
Dr Rachael Rothman and Kate Watson, University of Sheffield

Learning session 3a, paper 2: Opening up disciplinary conversations about equality and diversity — a learned society perspective
Stephanie Wyse, Royal Geographical Society

Learning session 3b: Researching the experience of trans applicants, students and staff in college and university
Dr Stephanie McKendry and Dr Matson Lawrence, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Learning session 4a, paper 1: Confident diversity — a new approach to equality and diversity for tomorrow’s engineering leaders
Allison Johnstone, Equate Scotland

Learning session 4a, paper 3: Diversity Matters: addressing (BAME) black and minority ethnic representation within the arts
Kai Lutterodt, University of the Arts London Diversity Matters

Learning session 4b: Innovations in analysis and use of equality data
Vanessa McKean and Dafydd Myddleton-Williams, The Institute of Cancer Research

Learning session 4c: Bringing disability leadership to the forefront: the Calibre Leadership Programme
Leyla Okhai and Kalpna Mistry, Imperial College London