The Next Steps for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – From inclusive leadership and culture to embedded equitable practice
The inaugural Advance HE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference in Ireland will focus on EDI priorities for higher education across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to consider the contextualised aspects of EDI as they relate to embedding EDI in institutional strategies and ensuring implementation across the institution. In particular, there will be specific focus on enabling action and a culture that supports equality across all equality grounds through inclusive leadership - recognising the extensive work already being undertaken in on gender equality across the island of Ireland.
The conference will consider the challenges and opportunities for leading a strategic approach to EDI. The event will showcase good practice from across Ireland and the UK and share how Advance HE is supporting the sector in this change agenda.
We are pleased to host two leading voices on EDI as keynote speakers, Professor Sally Mapstone, University of St Andrews, Scotland and Professor Ivana Bacik, Trinity College Dublin. Further, the conference will provide opportunity to hear from panel contributors and colleagues about ‘what works’ for to tackling inequalities in higher education in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Within this context, delegates are invited to consider how to approach challenges on race and addressing practical implementation of strategy and activities around the equality grounds. Delegates will be challenged to consider strategic solutions that will truly deliver on leading inclusion and a culture change for their institutions. Delegates will end the day with some practical insights and actions to implement within their institution, inspired to consider more strategic approaches to institution-wide EDI activities.
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The conference theme will focus on the next steps for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) priorities for Irish higher education. It will provide an opportunity for delegates to consider the varied aspects of EDI as they relate to embedding EDI in institutional strategies and ensuring implementation across the institution. In particular, there will be specific focus on enabling action and a culture that supports equality across all equality grounds through inclusive leadership - recognising the extensive work already being undertaken in the sector on gender equality.
The afternoon sessions within the conference will consider in more detail the equality grounds of race and gender in the context of higher education across the Republic and Ireland and Northern Ireland. The workshops will offer practical research and intelligence, resources and tools to support institutions in taking the next steps in relation to race equality and gender equality as well as demonstrating how Advance HE can support the sector in this agenda for change.
A fully digital conferencing experience
The Advance HE's Inaugural Conference in Ireland will be delivered online on our virtual conference platform. This provides a flexible, immersive and engaging digital experience where you can develop your practice, share your ideas and grow your network. All delegates will have access to the following features:
- a full day of live-streamed sessions of speakers, panel discussion and workshops addressing current issues in higher education
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments during all sessions
- full online support throughout the day
- flexibility to attend sessions at leisure with access to all session recordings after the conference allowing you to browse and catch up on anything you may have missed at a time suited to you
- resources area where delegates can obtain copies of recent reports from Advance HE and partners as well as relevant and contemporary resources
- opportunity to interact with other delegates from around the world in a virtual networking space.
Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE
As Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone directs the University’s Strategy and is responsible for the University’s operations. She is also Vice-Convener for Universities Scotland, a board member of Universities UK, a trustee of UCAS and of the Europaeum, and a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute’s advisory board. In 2017, she received the Foreign Policy Association of America medal for services to higher education.
Professor Ivana Bacik
Ivana Bacik is a barrister and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Senator for Dublin University (first elected in 2007; re-elected in 2011, 2016 and 2020). She leads the Labour group in Seanad Éireann. Her research interests include criminology, feminist legal theory and equality law; her publications include Legal Cases that Changed Ireland (co-edited with Mary Rogan, Clarus Press, 2016). She chaired the Oireachtas ‘Vótáil100’ Committee programme in 2018 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland.
'In conversation' speakers
Informal discussion on leading a strategic approach to EDI – driving the change
Dr Orla Flynn
With over twenty years’ experience in education management, Dr Orla Flynn commenced her role as President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in March 2020, having been Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) for the previous six years. Prior to that she led the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design for 8 years following periods as Head of School of Humanities and Head of Department of Media Communications at CIT.
Nicola is a senior sales leader in LinkedIn, responsible for leading the Education business in Europe, Middle East, Africa & Latin America. Nicola works with Education Institutions to help transform how we all learn and support their efforts to build the skills needed for the 21st century. Nicola also leads Out@In, LinkedIn Dublin’s LGBTQ employee resource group which supports the LGBTQ employee community in LinkedIn.
Race Equality – how to approach challenges on
Dr. Amanullah De Sondy
Dr. Amanullah De Sondy is Head of the Study of Religions Department, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Chair of Race Equality at University College Cork (UCC). Aman is the author of 'The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities' (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and 'An Introduction to Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity and Islam' with M.A. Gonzalez and W.S. Green (Bloomsbury Academic 2020) . Aman is a regular media commentator and has been broadcasting BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ for over 15 years.