Report on gender equality in Psychology departments

Two key issues for Psychology have been confirmed by a survey of progress towards gender equality in Psychology departments across the UK. Our Research Board conducted the survey, in collaboration with the Social Justice and Inclusion Task Force, as part of its work to further the principles set out in the Athena SWAN Charter. It was conducted in the spring … Read More

Lloyds sets ethnic diversity target for senior roles

Lloyds Banking Group is to become the first FTSE 100 firm to set an ethnic diversity target for senior management positions. The lender aims to increase representation of black and minority ethnic (BAME) senior management staff to 8%, up from the current 5.6%. Lloyds said that its long term ambition is to accurately reflect the customer base it serves, of … Read More

Tech Talent Charter among UK initiatives to boost diversity in tech

The UK government ended the first month of 2018 with an agreement to sign the Tech Talent Charter diversity initiative, as part of efforts to address the lack of gender diversity and skills in the technology industry. Signing the charter commits UK government tech teams to including women on interview shortlists wherever possible and collecting and submitting anonymised data for an annual … Read More

Avril Hitman: What next?

There is still much to do in the world of inclusion and equality, even in the 21st century.  Individuals with a learning disability can be excluded from participating fully in society through being disadvantaged by their disability. Leadership opportunities are still lacking. Arts Council England recently published statistics, detailing that 20% of the working age of the population identify as … Read More

UK Ups Efforts To Fight Antisemetism Across a Variety of Fields

  A Week ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, initiatives to tackle antisemetism in the UK are being unveiled in a variety of fields, from soccer fields to university campuses to Parliament. Chelsea Football Club announced Tuesday that it will launch a campaign to raise awareness among players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in soccer. The club will … Read More

Diversity key to meeting childcare hours pledge

Men, ethnic minority candidates and older staff could be the answer to fulfilling a pledge to double free childcare hours. An estimated 11,000 workers are needed to meet the Scottish government’s flagship policy. Funded nursery places for eligible two-year-olds as well as all three and four-year-olds will rise from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours a year by 2020. … Read More

Exercise may reduce disability even in frail elders

(Reuters Health) – Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking … Read More

The National Diversity Awards 2017 Post Awards Winners Interview – Joshua Beckford

Joshua Beckford is recognised internationally in over 90 countries for his extraordinary educational achievements. A 12-year-old child Prodigy who is diagnosed with Autism, Joshua has already achieved more than most neuro-typical people in the world. At 2 years old, he quickly mastered reading fluently using phonics and was speaking Japanese by the age of 3. At the age of 6 he became the … Read More

Bringing Diversity To The Armed Forces

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon spoke to The Voice about diversity in the armed forces and celebrating our war heroes. DEFENCE SECRETARY Sir Michael Fallon has highlighted the importance of diversity in the British Armed Forces and acknowledged the contribution of African and Caribbean soldiers during WW1 and WW2, in celebration of Black History Month. Speaking to The Voice, he … Read More

The National Diversity Awards 2017

If you have been following me on social media you may have spotted that I was nominated for The National Diversity Awards on International Women’s Day 2017. I had the great pleasure of attending the awards ceremony at the majestic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on the 8th of September. The night was aptly named in jest; ‘Donald Trump’s worst nightmare’ by … Read More