Getting involved in equality, diversity and inclusion: strategies for increasing engagement

Getting involved in equality, diversity and inclusion: strategies for increasing engagement

Date: 26 February 2020
Location: Curtis Auditorium Time: 4-5.30pm
Followed by a reception in the Curtis Foyer 5.30-6.30pm


More attention than ever before is being paid to addressing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in UK universities. However, many challenges and barriers remain. In order to achieve positive culture change and for universities to be genuinely more inclusive, we need more staff of all levels to engage actively with advancing gender equality and to lead and support initiatives that will bring about real and lasting change. We are delighted to host a roundtable discussion about how we can achieve this change, and how to accelerate the process.

Speakers: Prof Dame Athene Donald FRS, Dr Jill Armstrong and Prof Chris Day
Chair: Prof Karen Ross


Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. She received a Damehood for services to physics in 2010. A longstanding champion of women in academia, she was Cambridge University’s first Gender Equality Champion, chaired the Athena Forum to advance the career progression and representation of women in UK higher education, and was a member of the steering group reviewing the Athena SWAN Charter. In 2019, Athene was awarded a THE Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work on gender equality.

Dr Jill Armstrong is a Bye-Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She leads the ‘Collaborating with Men’ research programme, which combines workshops with a large-scale, cross-sector, gender-balanced survey into the impact of gender bias on equality of opportunity in career advancement. Jill’s book, Like Mother, Like Daughter?: How Career Women influence their Daughters’ Ambition was published in 2017. Previously a founding director of two successful commercial market research and insight companies. Jill now writes, speaks, lectures and consults on gender inclusion.

Professor Chris Day is Vice-Chancellor and President at Newcastle University. A Consultant Hepatologist with an international reputation in medical research, Chris is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Council of the Medical Research Council. He is currently Chair of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) and a member of the Universities UK Board. Since becoming Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences in 2007, he has been a strong advocate for EDI which resulted in the Faculty receiving a Silver Athena SWAN Award in 2018. He also established EDI as one of the three core values of the University on becoming Vice Chancellor in 2017.

Professor Karen Ross (School of Arts & Cultures) will chair the panel. The panellists will speak about how we can engage more people in gender equality and EDI more broadly.