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ECU’s annual conference 2017: call for workshops and papers

Published: 14/03/2017

Call for workshop and paper proposals around our 2017 themes of inclusivity, intersectionality and action.

Birmingham, 7 – 8 November 2017

Conference overview

ECU’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

Universities across the UK are driving forward the equality agenda for the benefit of their students and staff.

This conference aims to provide a showcase for this work and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing of experience, particularly in the context of new challenges such as Brexit.

Call for contributions

ECU invites submissions for workshops, panels of papers and individual papers from universities to share experience and innovation around each of the themes.

We also welcome submissions from organisations and individuals working in other sectors where there is the potential for useful cross-sector sharing of experience and knowledge:

  • Creating an inclusive university:
    • Creating an inclusive environment for disabled students, particularly in light of changes to the disabled students allowance.
    • Inclusion work that focuses on religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or age.
    • Increasing competence and confidence in engaging with equality and diversity work, in particular in relation to race.
    • Partnership working with students, students’ unions and community groups to enhance equality initiatives.
  • Taking an intersectional approach to equality and diversity:
    • Benefits and challenges of exploring intersectionality.
    • Approaches to advancing equality and diversity in relation to religion and belief and the intersection with other protected characteristics, in particular race, gender and sexual orientation.
    • Intersectional approaches to ECU’s equality charters.
  • Taking action and overcoming barriers to action on equality and diversity:
    • Barriers to advancing equality and diversity within institutions and how these can be overcome.
    • Supporting staff and students and good campus relations in the time of Brexit.
    • Using the Equality Act 2010 as a tool for action.
    • Engaging governing bodies and/or senior leaders with equality and diversity.
    • Data as a tool for action and a barrier to action on equality and diversity.
    • Evaluating the impact of equality and diversity activity.

Options for contributions

Option 1: Workshop

Workshops will provide a forum for collaborative development and discussion of ideas and practical examples related to one or more of the conference themes.

Option 2: Paper (individual submission)

Papers will provide a focused opportunity for delegates to formally present on a topic or issue related to the conference theme/s.

ECU will group these papers into panel sessions around common themes.

Option 3: Panels of papers (group submission)

This year ECU welcomes submissions of panels of papers. We invite you to submit three papers around a common theme together with colleagues. These could be colleagues within your institution or from other universities or organisations.

If you wish to submit an individual paper, or have fewer than three papers to submit, please use the individual submission option (option 2, above). ECU also reserves the right to select individual papers from these group submissions.

Allocation of places

When submitting your proposal please indicate clearly who will deliver these sessions.

For workshops we welcome up to two facilitators and both facilitators will be provided with a free space at the conference. For papers we welcome up to two presenters but only one presenter will be provided with a free space at the conference. When you are informed that your submission has been successful ECU will require you to confirm the number of presenters.

If you wish to discuss including additional presenters or facilitators in your submission please contact ECU’s events team. However, please be aware that any additional facilitators and/or presenters will need to purchase a delegate place at the conference.

Submitting a proposal

To submit proposal for one of the above options, complete the relevant submission form and return to by Friday 21 April 2017 at 17:00.

Full details of how to submit proposals are included within the forms.

Please note that the call for submissions for our 2017 annual conference has now closed.