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Proud to be: Patrick Johnson

05 Oct 2021 | Advance HE We are celebrating Black History Month this October by inviting colleagues in higher education to share their successes and who they are proud to be. In this video, Patrick Johnson, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at The University of Law talks about his achievements in his EDI work and the challenges he is faced with.

Patrick is proud to be himself and of all that he has achieved. As a first generation born in the UK, whose parents are part of the Windrush generation, he was the first in his family to go into higher education when no one else around him even thought about it as a real option.

He has now worked in higher education for over 20 years, with 13 years spent as Head of EDI at the before he became Director of EDI at the University of Law, a specialist provider of legal, business and professional education.

He also has experience of working in the field of careers information, advice and guidance as Head of Pre-entry and Diversity at University of Manchester where he worked with major graduate employers to develop ‘Positive Action’ initiatives such as mentoring and internships targeted at disabled and Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, to help increase their employability.

Patrick is currently a Disabled Students’ Commissioner, Deputy Chair of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) and a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC) Governance Committee.

Watch Patrick’s video here




The EDI Advice Service is an Advance HE member benefit for staff working within Advance HE member institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who have equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within their remit, and those with leadership responsibility for EDI who require advice. Find out more about the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advice Service and how to submit a question.


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