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The Next Steps for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Advance HE's Inaugural Conference in Ireland

The Next Steps for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – From inclusive leadership and culture to embedded equitable practice.

COVID-19 update

In light of the current global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we have had to postpone this conference until June 2021. You can view details of the current status of all our upcoming conferences, events and programmes here. You can also view our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information and advice.

The Next Steps for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – From inclusive leadership and culture to embedded equitable practice

The first Advance HE Conference in Ireland will explore equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as an overarching theme and consider how this work needs to be developed across institutions including through inclusive leadership, inclusive curricular and inclusive practice. This builds on the already well-established work around Athena SWAN and Aurora in Ireland.

The conference will provide opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, panel contributors and peer colleagues about ‘what works’ in regard to tackling the key challenges of EDI in Irish higher education. Delegates will be challenged to consider strategic solutions that will truly deliver on leading inclusion and culture change for their institutions. 

Through a mix of keynote speakers and workshop sessions this one-day conference will look to share best practice between those in the HE sector as well as seeking examples from other sectors that can be adopted in HE institutions. Delegates will end the day with some practical insights and actions to implement within their institution, be inspired to consider more strategic approaches to institution wide EDI activities and will have a good understanding of how Advance HE can support institutions beyond the Athena SWAN Charter and Aurora.

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Date: 10 June 2021
Venue: Virtual
Who: All higher education professionals

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The conference theme will focus on 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 and protected characteristics through inclusive leadership - recognising the extensive work already being undertaken in the sector on gender equality. 

Through these themes and the lens of leadership, governance and teaching and learning, the conference will consider all of the equality grounds and protected characteristics in the context of higher education. The conference will consider the challenges alongside showcasing good practice from across Ireland and the UK and demonstrating how Advance HE can support the sector in this agenda for change. 

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sally Mapstone

Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, the second woman in succession to hold this role there. She is a board member of Universities UK, a trustee of UCAS and of the Europaeum, and a member of the advisory board of the Higher Education Policy Institute. She leads on widening access work for Universities Scotland. She is chair of the international advisory board for the University of Helsinki. In 2017 she received the Foreign Policy Association of America medal for services to higher education. In 2019 she was elected to the fellowship to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. As an academic Sally is a medievalist, with expertise in the area of medieval and Renaissance Scottish literature. She is President of the Saltire Society, which champions Scottish culture.

Sally Mapstone