Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Sphere Conference 2022



We are pleased to share details for this year’s Sphere Conference: EDI Change in Action, which will take place on Thursday 23 June 2022 from 9.30am - 12.30pm

The university’s Sphere Programme was established in 2019 to connect and showcase EDI activity across the university, including an annual conference.

The conference aims to bring the university community together to share best practice and research in the field of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

This year the event will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will also include an opportunity to join an in-person networking event afterwards, where a light buffet will be provided (booking required). 

This online conference and networking event is open to all staff, students, and alumni and the conference will cover a broad range of EDI topics.  Please see below for the outline programme.

Sphere Conference 2022 - EDI change in action

'learn, connect and be inspired'

Conference Programme

9.30am - 9.45am

Welcome, introduction and overview of the Sphere Programme from Professor Raheela Khan, Chair of the Sphere Programme. 

A tribute to Dr Amal Treacher Kabesh.

9.45am - 10.30am

Spotlight on Sphere funded projects:

  • ‘Why work with us?  Promotional material to support Registry and Academic Affairs recruitment initiatives by Mary Graham
  • Sixty (more) symbols by Clare Burrage
  • What does Neurodiversity look like in a person? By Dr Pat Brundell, Dr Armaghan Moemeni and Dr Jocelyn Spence.
10.30am - 11am

Spotlight on Sphere Challenges:

  • Decolonising the Curriculum in the Faculty of Social Sciences by Gemma Bancroft.
  • Supporting women during Covid and its aftermath by Dr Isobel O’Neil.
11am - 11.10am Break
11.10am - 11.40am Diversity and Inclusion Research Hub: ‘STEMM Change: Addressing Exclusion, Bias and Discrimination in STEMM and Beyond’ by Prof Louise Mullany. 
11.40am - 12.25am

Keynote: ‘Make Change, Eat Cake’ - harassment, bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct in Academic by Dr Emma Chapman.

12.25pm - 12.30pm Sphere Conference closure by Professor Raheela Khan.
 1pm - 2pm

In person networking event on University Park - Booking essential. A light buffet will be provided.


Access the full conference programme to learn more about the talks and presenters.

Further Information and questions

If you have any queries regarding the Sphere conference or your registration, please contact the EDI Coordinator team


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Trent Building
University Park Campus