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A packed programme of papers, practical workshops and inspiring speakers on 31 October and 1 November 2018

Day 1

9.15am Registration and refreshments
10am Conference opening: Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE
10.30am Keynote: Amatey Doku, NUS
11.15am Learning session 1:
Choose one session to attend
Panel of papers: The need for over-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Academics / Steps towards increased female leadership in science in an international research organisation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / Technically speaking: collaborating to identify and address EDI challenges for the technical community
Panel of papers: Learning from complaints: Good practice in supporting disabled students and students with mental health issues / Supporting students with visual impairment in higher education / LGBTQ+ student mental health: understanding the challenges and needs of gender, sexual and romantic minorities in higher education
Workshop: Religion and Belief
Workshop: Using the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Learning to advance equality, diversity and inclusion work
12.45pm Networking lunch
2pmKeynote: Talat Yaqoob, Equate Scotland
2.45pm Learning session 2:
Choose one session to attend
Workshop: Visible yet hidden: how do institutions reward, recognise and celebrate staff engaged in EDI work
Workshop: How can we use the Access and Participation Plans to make faster progress to reduce the gaps between underrepresented groups and other groups?
Workshop: It takes an entire institution to eradicate sexual violence
Workshop: The inclusion of non binary staff and students
Workshop: Decolonising research and curricula
4.15pm Close


6.30pmConference dinner followed by comedian, Dave Chawner

Day 2

10am Keynote: Geoff Layer, VC Wolverhampton and Chair of Disabled Students' Sector Leadership Group
10.45am Learning session 3:
Choose one session to attend
Workshop: Headline news – the gender pay gap. Lessons learned, storms weathered, future forecast!
Workshop: Staff networks: supporting, empowering and challenging
Panel of papers: LGBTQ in Higher Education: how are universities in Trump’s America ahead of us in their support for their LGBTQ students? / Development and evaluation of an academic writing intervention to improve BTEC students’ understanding of higher education assessment criteria through a collaborative FE-HE approach / The challenge to change unequal students outcomes: initial findings from the Changing Mindsets project
Panel of papers: Reciprocal mentoring with students of colour and executive level staff / The power of the personal: exploring the complexities of one-to-one pedagogical relationships, and the potential impact these can have on reducing attainment gaps / Academic collegiality and cooperation in action
1.30pmLearning session 4:
Choose one session to attend
Workshop: Cracking career progressions for women: transparency, support and development
Workshop: At the crossroads: intersections of inequality and mental health issues in the experience of PGR students
Workshop: Celebrating our belief in shared reading: exploring race, culture and identity through literature
Workshop: Governance and EDI
3pmConference summary