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EDI Colloquia

Our colloquia series focuses on EDI areas of interest within teaching and learning and are for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge and upskill their practice in these key areas.

Our colloquium events offer staff a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about key EDI challenges and new approaches. Practitioners are invited to participate in each colloquium through submitting an abstract on their work as a fifteen-minute stimulus presentation and case study to support the discussions.


Each colloquium is facilitated by a Senior Advisor from Advance HE with specific expertise in the area being discussed. The day will feature a keynote presentation from a leading practitioner in each area, followed by themed sessions showcasing case studies from across the sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector, debate priority issues and learn from cutting-edge initiatives.


The colloquia provide practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. They enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.

Who: Teaching practitioners including: heads of departments, academic programme leaders and developers, lecturers, academic and support staff, and learning technologists.

View the dates of the events below or in the calendar. 

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Delegates can save 14% on the collective cost of the three following equality, diversity and inclusion colloquia when booked together:

Delegates from members institutions will be charged £450 and delegates from non-member institutions will be charged £600.

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Disability Colloquium: Improving support for disabled staff in higher education

Date: 15 June 2021
Venue: Virtual

Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability 'if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities' and that higher education institutions have a duty 'to make reasonable adjustments for staff, students and service users' in relation to provisions, criteria or practices; physical features and auxiliary aids. But what does this mean in practice, and how can we improve the experiences of students and staff with disabilities?

This colloquium, by way of a keynote session, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary, will offer insights and solutions into supporting students and staff with a disability.

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Race Equality Colloquium: Decolonising Pedagogy

Date: 29 June 2021
Venue: Virtual

This colloquium will look at decolonising pedagogy and the curriculum within higher education, a topical area of focus for all institutions across the UK and more widely. This area of work is of interest to students, students unions and staff and needs addressing at all levels from individual programmes to entire faculties and cross institutionally involving both academic and professional services staff to really make change.

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Gender Equality Colloquium: Advancing gender and sex equality through research design 

Date: 15 July 2021
Venue: Virtual

This colloquium invites participants to share how they, their department or their institution have sought to embed consideration of sex and gender in research design. By way of a keynote session, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary, the event will offer insights about these issues as well as examples and ideas for evolving the consideration of diversity in research design. Drawing on practical examples of approaches to and impact of research, evidence and informed practice the event will appeal to academics and professional staff involved in the development of research strategy and research grant applications as well as those leading and implementing research projects.

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