Diversity festival

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Monday 8 - Friday 19 March 2021

In March 2021 the university brought together writers, performers and academics to celebrate diversity and inclusion in our community. Our staff, students and alumni enjoyed pre-recorded interviews, exciting performances and virtual events during our first ever virtual diversity festival. You can access recordings and view our expo showcase here.


Our first ever diversity festival enables us to truly embrace and celebrate difference. I’m excited it will help promote understanding and awareness and support challenging conversations that champion our community’s diversity.

Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and People

Keynote events

Join live virtual events, access pre-recorded music performances and interviews and submit images for our five ways to wellbeing expo.

 Festival programme 

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Watch the recordings

Pre-recorded performances and interviews with diverse musicians and influencers celebrating diversity

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Our Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor reflect on their own experiences of challenging conversations

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Panel discussion exploring period inequality and stigma often associated with menstruation

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Panel discussion showcasing the latest research and exploring university strategy and policy implications

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Workshop hosted with the Department for Work and Pensions offering practical advice for carers

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View the showcase

Showcase of images submitted by staff, students and alumni celebrating the five ways to wellbeing


Meet our contributors


Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson
DJ / Writer / Blogger

Nadia Whittome, MP

Nadia Whittome
Member of Parliament, Nottingham East

Mohamed Elmaghrbi

Dr Mohamed Elmaghrbi
Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

Baroness Lola Young, 2017 Man Booker Prize - EDITED
Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE
Chancellor, University of Nottingham


Celebrating diversity beyond our festival

We're working with staff and students to promote other events taking place across the university

Disability Recognition Month at the University of Nottingham
Disability Recognition Month 2021: Finding our way
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First Sphere conference on EDI
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Equality, diversity and inclusion here at the university

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are vital for our student and staff community. We support a wide variety of activities, from short-term working groups focused on specific issues to wider initiatives to help develop training for all staff.

Read more about equality, diversity and inclusion