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Connect Benefit Series: Leading change through teams and networks - Panel discussion

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United Kingdom
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Building a successful team or network to transform institutions: a discussion panel with change experts

This interactive panel discussion taking place on 18 January 2022 at 14:00-16:00 GMT is part of our Connect Benefit Series on 'Leading change through teams and networks' which explores the opportunities for and challenges in developing change agency as a core skill for collaborative working within and between teams, groups and networks. 

At this panel discussion, institutional change-makers, project managers and leaders will gain a better understanding of how they can use the power of teams and networks to create successful institutional change and/or transformation. Our expert panel members will share their stories, case studies, tips and best practices. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask their questions to the panellists.

All colleagues at Advance HE member institutions can attend this event free of charge; please share this webpage with your colleagues.

You can find out more about the Connect Benefit Series for 2021-22 here.

Our expert panel

Art Blake is Professor in the Department of History, and Director of the Dimensions Pilot Program at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Art's commitment to EDI values in post-secondary education stems from many years of engagement with social justice politics in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. He also draws on his lived experience as a gay, transgender man. As the first ECI Faculty Chair at Ryerson (2018), seconded to the Office of the Vice President Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI), Art initiated ways to build connections between OVPECI staff and full-time faculty members interested in equity and inclusion. As Dimensions Director, Art designed and leads a university-wide team of professors and students who conduct live “town halls,” workshops, interviews, and surveys to identify the barriers faced by marginalized scholars in university research cultures. Art is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research, publications, and teaching address issues of belonging and connection through U.S. urban and cultural history, with particular interests in race, gender, communications, and sexuality. His current research project is a transnational history of cross-dressing organizations and communication networks in the U.K., U.S. and Canada after 1960. He has a BA in American Studies from the University of Sussex and a PhD in US History from American University, Washington, DC.

Art will speak about his Dimensions Pilot Program work, 2020-present.

Art Blake
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David Richardson Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park.  He joined UEA in 1991, and held positions of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board.  David is currently chair of the Universities UK Advisory Group to tackle racial harassment in higher education and he was a member of the UUK Taskforce that authored the ‘Changing the Culture’ report that provided recommendations for a whole institution approach to tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

David will speak about his work on anti-harassment.

David Richardson
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Maryane Mwaniki is Head of Employer Engagement at the London School of Economics and responsible for strategic leadership and engagement of organisations across multiple sectors. She has over 10 years’ worth of experience in global corporate and academic partnerships. Leadership experience in global alliances across 30+ top ranking universities and business schools to support the recruitment and development of young professionals and senior executives. Maryane has successfully designed and implemented career management and alumni engagement initiatives for 1,000+ C-suite executives across 90+ countries with a focus on executive search, career transitions and global business networks. 

Maryane will speak about the role of the network in changing London School of Economics' understanding of race equity.

Maryane Mwaniki
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Meera Sabaratnam is a Reader in International Relations at SOAS University of London – founding member and former chair of the SOAS decolonisation working group. Meera is interested in questions of higher education policy and practice, particularly in terms of racialised inequalities, access to research and academic governance. At SOAS she has chaired the Academic Senate and the Decolonising SOAS Working Group. In the latter role she lead-authored the Decolonising SOAS Learning and Teaching Toolkit and has delivered many talks internationally about this project. Prior to joining SOAS she was Temporary Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. She received her first degree from the University of Oxford, her MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Meera will talk about the influence of the network within the School and the wider sector.