Graduate School

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Postgraduate Research Conference

Business School South, Jubilee Campus

Postgraduate researchers and their supervisors are central to the University’s research culture and success. Creating a research community and environment which is not only free from discrimination, but celebrates and values diversity, both reflects and is fundamental to achieving our goals.

This one-day conference focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in postgraduate research is free to attend and open to all postgraduate research students, their supervisors and professional and administrative staff who support them.


This conference will focus on:

  • embedding EDI into our researcher agenda
  • supporting a culture of learning and professionalism
  • pushing for progress, and preparing you for challenges ahead
  • sharing your experiences and celebrating your successes


Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Shearer West, Vice Chancellor
  • Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of VC's Office
  • Dr Karen Salt, Deputy chair of UKRI External Advisory Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professor Ian James Kidd, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Tanya Lines, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)




Registration and refreshments


Welcome address
Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

10am – 10.40am

Building an Inclusive and Diverse Research and Innovation Culture: 
Evidence, Challenges and Collaborating for Change   
Dr Karen Salt, Deputy chair of UKRI External Advisory Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies, Faculty of Arts

10.40 – 10.50am

Presentation from the Vice Chancellor
Professor Shearer West, Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham

10.50am – 11.15am

Refreshments and break

11.15am -12pm

Four Reasons for Resistance to Equality and Diversity Initiatives 
Dr Ian James Kidd, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

12.15pm – 1pm

Parallel session presentations

Choose one of the following:
Supporting Students from diverse backgrounds - Andy Winter, Campus Life Director

The University has recently released a new guide for Personal Tutors on some of the issues they should consider when working with students from diverse background. This interactive workshop will ask attendees how this document could be used in the research supervision context and what an adapted version for supervisors may look like.

2.  Doctoral Training Schemes and a 'Team Science' approach - Dr Jeanette Woolard, School of Life Sciences

Jeanette Woolard has led the COMPARE and Nottingham activities aimed at promoting Team Science; an initiative that has focused on promoting a culture of collaboration, developing cross-institutional interactions, recognising the contribution of early career researchers and developing the careers of those who may be considered ‘outside’ the PI track. This Team Science approach has been well received by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the European Laboratory Research and Innovation Group (ELRIG) and the Royal Society. Her talk will focus on the implementation of Team Science within a competitive academic environment, highlight some successes, and consider the future challenges associated with this change in culture.

3. Research Power Through Inclusion - Stacy Johnson MBE, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Stacy will share the importance and benefits of inclusion for all research and researchers, including postgraduate students and supervisors. She will also talk about some of the onging work to enhance race equality through the Race Equality Charter at the University.


1pm – 1.45pm

Buffet Lunch and networking

Stands – various staff and student networks


Empowering employee voices: five steps to creating an inclusive culture through storytelling
Tanya Lines, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)


PANEL SESSION: Researcher voices and experiences
“What creates an inclusive doctoral research environment?”

Chair: Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

A panel of researchers and doctoral supervisors will share their personal experiences and stories.

Panel members:

  • Neeshé Khan, postgraduate researcher
  • Katie Severn, postgraduate researcher
  • Liz Sockett, research supervisor
  • Lisa White, Anne McLaren Fellow
  • Matt Young, postgraduate researcher




Freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, gender identity and/or expression, marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, religious, spiritual or political beliefs, age or social class.(UON Equality & Diversity)


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