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SROC Diversity Day Event 2019

29th November 2019, Woburn House, London

SROC is pleased to announce a one-day event on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education. The day will include sharing of best practice, discussion of challenges and solutions, and opportunities to network with other colleagues across the sector.



£95 per delegate


0930 – 1000 Coffee & registration

1000 – 1010 Welcome

1010 – 1110 “EDI, why does it matter?”

Lydia Blundell (Head of Engagement, Huddersfield Student’s Union)

Hear real stories from students about how the small changes Universities can make have a huge impact on their student experience and quality of life. Leave this session with some practical tips for how you can be allies to students and guides for how to use the right language and terminology for all groups of students.

1110 – 1130 Break

1130 – 1230 “Let’s talk diversity: building confidence and competence in discussing your EDI data and trends”

Jess Moody (Senior Adviser, AdvanceHE)

When is it problematic to talk about ‘attainment gaps’? What happens to individual experience when you aggregate ‘BAME’ or ‘LGBTQ’? Have you ever thought about how you make your data presentation ‘non-binary inclusive’? Come and learn more in a skills-enhancing session for those wishing to build their understanding of EDI terminology, and navigate the limitations and opportunities of talking about your diversity data.

1230 – 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1415 ”Deadnaming in HE: how can we better support trans and non-binary students?”

Andrew Grace (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, University of Plymouth)

Trans and non-binary students are feeling increasingly comfortable being out at University, but why do our systems continue to force them back into the closet? There is no simple answer as the legalities of the Equality Act clash with the legalities of our systems and vulnerable students continue to be ignored. This workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to consider how our institutional systems potentially contravene the Equality Act. Attendees will be asked to consider the barriers in place at their institutions, better understand the impact of such barriers and share best practice to contribute to a national solution.

1415 - 1445 “Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student attainment - UCL’s BME Attainment Project”

Paulette Williams (Co-Lead BME Attainment Project, University College London) and Sukhi Bath (Project Manager, Student Success, University College London)

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student attainment is currently a hot topic in higher education with a recent UUK report looking at five steps that universities can take to help close the attainment gap. This session looks at a current project being undertaken at University College, London to change institutional culture and close the attainment gap.

1445 – 1500 Break

1500 – 1545 “Access and Participation Plans”

Sharon Harrison-Barker (Academic Registrar, University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Stephane Farenga (Deputy Head of Widening Access And Student Success, University of Hertfordshire)

As part of its registration with the Office for Students, every Higher Education Provider is required to have an Access and Participation Plan. How does this impact the work of Student Records Officers? Do you know what your APP looks like? How is data being used to inform and monitor APPs and is there a need to change any processes as a result?

1545 – 1600 Close


Woburn House Conference Centre

Tavistock Square