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EDI Workshop Series

During 2019-20 we will be running a series of workshops focused on equality, diversity and inclusivity topics to support practitioners, managers and leaders within HE institutions across the UK.


These workshops will offer practical advice, guidance, policy information, frameworks and toolkits to support positive change within departments, schools, faculties and institutions in areas such as race equality, challenging privilege, and dignity and respect.

Who: All higher education professionals

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


Leading Race Equality in Higher Education

Consisting of two one-day sessions, this workshop brings together those who are leading on one of the most significant challenges to equality and inclusion in HE to foster a community of change agents. Effective leaders of race equality need to be able to combine knowledge and understanding of race and racism with personal insight into their own position within the construct of race. This workshop provides the opportunity to increase your personal and institutional readiness to engage with racial inequalities by building the knowledge, skills and resilience needed to lead effective change on race equality.

The workshop provides an intensive opportunity to explore the issues of race and racial inequality in a safe and supportive environment. It focuses on the mechanisms and impact of racial inequality, as well as approaches to address these including Critical Race Theory. Finally, participants will learn about developing a strategic and practical approach to race equality, initiatives for advancing race equality, and how to develop appropriate and effective actions and solutions that will drive institutional engagement for progress on race equality.

Leading Race Equality in HE (London)

Date: 19 November 2019
Venue: Advance HE, London

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Leading Race Equality in HE (York)

Date: 5 March 2020
Venue: Advance HE, York
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Leading Race Equality in HE (Birmingham)

Date: 18 June 2020
Venue: TBC, Birmingham
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Challenging privilege and the danger of the single story

This one-day workshop aims to deepen understanding of the barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion that exist in HE through an examination of how majority group privilege reinforces structural and cultural inequalities. Using author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s concept of the single story as a means of exploring the limitations on our understanding of difference, participants will explore how privilege operates, the impact on different protected groups and what practical steps we can take to address inequality.

Participants will benefit from an enhanced understanding of how majority group privilege sustains inequality and negatively impacts upon the experiences of minority group students and staff and an increased awareness of the practical steps that institutions can take to address the impact of privilege and build belonging for all students and staff.

"I had very high expectations of this workshop. Not only were those expectations met they were exceeded. It was a fantastic and highly valuable workshop  and I feel privileged that I could take part"

- Challenging privilege and the danger of the single story 2018 delegate

Challenging Privilege and the danger of the single story (Dublin)

Date: TBC, January 2020
Venue: TBC, Dublin

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Challenging Privilege and the danger of the single story (London)

Date: 11 February 2020
Venue: Advance HE, London
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Challenging Privilege and the danger of the single story (London)

Date: 1 July 2020
Venue: Advance HE, London
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Managers

This one-day workshop is designed for anyone who is responsible for recruiting, managing, and developing a diverse workforce. It provides the practical knowledge and skills needed to deal fairly and effectively with the range of equality and diversity issues related to management, including accommodation of protected group needs and building an inclusive team culture.

The day will provide up-to-date information to increase your knowledge of employment practice and ensure that your management is supportive and compliant with relevant legislation. You will build skills to maximise team performance, enable staff to realise their potential, and explore your own relationship to diversity and how it impacts your management style.

EDI for Managers (Manchester)

Date: 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC, Manchester
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EDI for Managers (York)

Date: 4 February 2020
Venue: Advance HE, York
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EDI for Managers (Dublin)

Date: 22 April 2020
Venue: TBC, Dublin
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Dignity and Respect

This one-day workshop, which is suitable for all staff, provides the opportunity for participants to improve their understanding of their rights and responsibilities within the framework of organisational dignity and harassment policy and processes.

The potential impact of unacceptable behaviours, such as bullying and harassment, is well known – increased levels of absence, staff turnover, and lower staff morale can all reduce productivity. The effects of such behaviours are harmful to all concerned, potentially expensive for institutions and carry the risk of serious reputational damage.

While many institutions have put significant energy into creating the policies and procedures that prevent harassment and bullying, it is also important to establish a workplace culture that is inclusive and respectful of all members of the team; where people feel clear about what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and how to respond to it.

Dignity and Respect (York)

Date: 19 February 2020
Venue: Advance HE, York
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EDI and the TEF

The Teaching Excellence Framework places a great deal of emphasis on ensuring that the assessment of teaching excellence considers all students, regardless of ‘disadvantage’ or background, both in its stated aims and in its methodology. Aimed at staff responsible for preparing TEF submissions, the workshop will be delivered by both EDI and TEF specialists.

With the introduction of subject-level TEF, subject-level academic leaders will be required to reflect on and respond to their metrics with regard to demonstrating the inclusion of the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and produce compelling narratives for their submissions.

This one-day workshop will focus on the EDI considerations within the TEF and offer advice on how to align your current EDI work to your TEF submission, and conversely, how to use the TEF submission as a framework for identifying and improving EDI issues within your institution.

EDI and TEF (York)

Date: 22 January 2020
Venue: Advance HE, York
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Student pregnancy and maternity

By extending the protection that exists for women in employment to HE, the Equality Act 2010 introduced new protection from discrimination for students during pregnancy and maternity.

This workshop will provide an overview of institutions’ legal obligations in protecting students from discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity and will provide an oversight of Advance HE’s latest guidance in this area. The workshop will also draw from recent case studies of students’ experiences to explore current good practice and policies within UK institutions; how pregnancy or maternity impacts on student learning, well-being and sense of belonging; and how institutions and practitioners can improve their levels of support for these students.

Student pregnancy and maternity

Date: 15 May 2020
Venue: Napier House, London
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