Our panellists - Improving equality #vitaehangout

Rebecca Nestor, Learning for Good

Rebecca Nestor is director of Learning for Good Ltd, a small consultancy with a focus on equality and diversity, environmental sustainability and values-based leadership (www.learning-for-good.co.uk). She is also an international associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (www.lfhe.ac.uk). 

Rebecca’s first degree is in English Literature. She has an MBA from the Open University, is a chartered fellow of the CIPD, and is qualified in the use of the personality preference tools Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Team Management Profile for individual and team development. She is programme co-director for the Leadership Foundation’s Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership and is part of the core team for the women’s development programme Aurora. Before setting up Learning for Good she was Associate Director of the Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford, where she had oversight of researcher development and leadership development within the university.

Sandy Sparks, University of Warwick

Sandy Sparks is the Learning & Development Advisor for Research Active Staff at the University of Warwick. Sandy has experience of both private & public sector, with 15 years HE experience. Her passion & commitment is training & development in order to build the capacity of people. She has both UK & international experience. Conducts all the Unconscious bias training at the University of Warwick& is involved with both E&D training for dignity contacts and staff
Sandy supports research active staff to enhance their capabilities, effectiveness and employability She currently runs the Learning & Development Provision for Research Active Staff at the University of Warwick; to provide high quality information to the research staff through: the monthly e-newsletter and website, annual researcher learning & development programme, supports researcher-led activities. Sandy has experience in both small and large group seminars/ workshops and one-to-one tutoring. Providing one to one coaching/ mentoring and leads on the staff mediation scheme. She manages the network funding for individual researchers & departments to support the building of the research active community via networks & researcher–led events / activities .

Gemma Tracey, Equality Challenge Unit

Gemma joined ECU in November 2014 and works on a range of projects connected with promoting equality and diversity in higher education, specialising in gender and gender identity. She is particularly interested in women’s leadership in higher education, the impact of maternity leave on academic careers, and lad culture on university campuses.

Lucy Vickers, Oxford Brookes University

Lucy Vickers is Professor of Law at Oxford Brookes University. Her main research area is the protection of human rights within the workplace and aspects of equality law. She has written extensively on issues relating to religious discrimination and age discrimination at work. She is the author of Freedom Of Speech and Employment (2002) OUP, and Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace (2008) Hart Publishing, and a report for the European Commission on Religion and Belief Discrimination in Employment – The EU Law (2007), as well as numerous academic articles. She has undertaken research for HEFCE on managing age diversity in the HE sector, and managing without a retirement age. Her teaching areas include Criminal Law and Discrimination Law and she has also been involved in teaching and training on diversity issues at work.