E&D news and updates

In this edition:

  • UEL’s Race Equality Twitter account now live: https://twitter.com/UEL_REC
  • Info on a number of events – topics include progressing female talent in academia, improving transparency and boardroom diversity, narrowing the attainment gap in HE and improving equality at work for BME students
  • WISE membership – Have you used your free membership opportunity?
  • And finally – articles and blogs which have been shared with me, which may be of interest


WISE membership – Are you a member?

University of East London are proud to be a member of the WISE Campaign (which promotes women in science, technology and engineering). All employees and students (all genders) can join as individual members for FREE by following this link. The benefits of joining include; 

WISE welcomes support for the campaign from men and women at all stages of their career, to promote science, engineering, technology and maths from the classroom to the boardroom​.

Conferences / Events which may be of interest – More info below:


And finally – articles and blogs which have been shared with me, which may be of interest:

Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar

The future for corporate governance – shareholder influence, boardroom composition and options for reform


Paul George, Executive Director, Corporate Governance and Reporting, Financial Reporting Council

Professor John Kay, Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford and Author, Kay Review of UK equity markets and long-term decision making


Professor Alex Edmans, London Business School; Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes, Tomorrow’s Company; Catherine Howarth, ShareAction; Rowena Ironside, Women on Boards; Chris Pearson, Norton Rose Fulbright and Janet Williamson, TUC

Morning, Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Central London

Narrowing the Gap in HE: Tackling Ethnicity-Related Disparities in Access, Attainment & Outcomes (Manchester)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lizzie Tilley, Policy Advisor, Office for Fair Access
  • Kirsty Wadsley, Head of Widening Participation, London School of Economics
  • Beatrice Carey, Knight’s Park Officer, Union of Kingston Students & Volunteer, NUS Black Students’ Committee
  • Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business & Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Gurnam Singh, National Teaching Fellow & Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University (event chair)


Despite positive work being done in this area, there is still a gap in access, attainment & outcomes for BAME students. Attend this Westminster Briefing event to learn more about how the HEI sector is responding and what different institutions are doing to improve their own performance.

Attendees will hear from good practice examples in terms of what they themsleves can do to pro-actively help widen access, reduce non-continuation rates, raise educational attainment and improve further study & employment prospects for BAME students.

Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar

Improving equality at work for BME employees


Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Roger Kline, Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Research and Engagement, NHS England and Author, The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS

Rosie Wallbank, Project Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Frank Soodeen, Head of Public Affairs, Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Raphael Mokades, Rare Recruitment; Professor Shamit Saggar, University of Essex and a speaker confirmed from RBS

Morning, Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Central London

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