Equality and Diversity: Progress and challenges in leading researchers

This flagship Vitae conference will look to reflect on successes around equality and diversity for staff and researchers in UK HEIs, whilst also taking a realistic view in highlighting the challenges to ensure a mainstreamed approach for all nine protected characteristics.  This conference is aimed at senior decision makers and after the publication of the REF outcomes in December 2014, this will be an important time to take stock and consider institutional strategy for equality and diversity.

The rhetoric supporting equality and diversity and the need to improve make real change to ensure maximum success has never been clearer.  This is supported by established law and a group of well know initiatives for example the UK Equality Act 2010, the Concordat and Athena Swan.  Alongside these forthcoming new initiatives will ensure that mainstreaming equality and diversity will become a priority for UK HEIs in the forthcoming years.

 Building on expertise gained through the Every Researcher Counts regional conference programme and developing resources for the sector, this conference will unveil Vitae’s list of top actions that can be taken in institutions in order to improve equality and diversity now.  Speakers will represent policy makers, those with high level institutional experience, practical initiatives and the European context, all of whom will address where we are and what we need to in the future alongside practical steps your institution must start to consider addressing.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor James Wilsdon, University of Sussex: HEFCEs recent independent review on metrics
  • Equality Challenge Unit - The rationale for equality and diversity: How vice chancellors are leading change
  • Alan Percy, University of Oxford - Mental health amongst researchers
  • Professor Dianne Berry, University of Reading
  • Professor Athene Donald, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queens University, Belfast
  • Hayley Parker, Stonewall
  • Professor Michelle Ryan, University of Exeter

Places are limited so please book now to reserve your place.