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University of Essex

October 4, 2017

Harassment Advisory Network Drop In sessions

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:45 pm

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a confidential signposting service for staff, students and visitors who experience any kind of bullying or harassment, relating to, for example, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, religion, etc.

We are pleased to announce that our weekly Drop-In sessions, will commence on Tuesday 3 October from 1pm to 2pm in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, Room MFC 1. No appointment is necessary, just turn up. An adviser will be on duty to help ‘signpost’ you to routes to solutions and support.

Alternatively, you can make an appointment to speak to a Harassment Adviser by contacting the network by phone on 01206 874334 or through email at harass@essex.ac.uk. There is more information about the network on the Harassment page of our Equality and Diversity website.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a Hate Crime you can report that to the Hate Incident Reporting Centre via hirc@essex.ac.uk or directly to the police. Information on how to do this is on the Reporting Hate Crime page of our Equality and Diversity website.



STONEWALL WORKPLACE EQUALITY SURVEY 2018

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:44 pm

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace

As part of the University’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission, Stonewall would like to invite you to take part in their employee survey. The information you provide is anonymous and completely confidential; it is not possible for individuals to be identified through their responses.

Stonewall aims to be as transparent as possible when processing data. We have outlined below how and why they use the data that you submit for analytical purposes:

  • Reporting, to your employer, average scores and trends on key indicators of inclusion in your workplace (where sample sizes are too small, only national, regional and sector trends will be shared with your employer)
  • Reporting national, regional and sector trends on LGBT inclusion in the workplace to be included in the Stonewall Top 100 report in January 2018 and associated publications

If you are interested in taking part, please follow this link, using the following 4-digit code:  1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 November.



September 25, 2017

What can you see?… A duck? A rabbit?

Filed under: Equality and Diversity — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:10 am

 

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Find out more about the way our brain makes decisions by completing our new in-house unconscious bias training on Moodle.

This resource is an element of the essential training for University committee members. Completion is encouraged for all members of staff, as it will provide you with an interesting insight into human behaviour.

This resource will evolve over time and we welcome your feedback, which can be provided via the Moodle page.



September 5, 2017

English Classes For Dependents of International Students and Staff (ECDIS)

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 12:00 pm

The ECDIS programme offers adult dependents of University students, staff or visiting fellows the opportunity to improve their English through free classes on campus. ECDIS also gives participants the chance to meet people from other countries and cultures, and helps students develop their language skills while learning about UK society.

The classes are taught at three basic level: Beginner.Elementary, Lower Intermediate/Intermediate and Upper Intermediate/Advanced and the main focus will be listening, speaking, and reading with some limited focus on writing skills. there is also a weekly Social English session open to all ECDIS students, at which participants have the opportunity to practice their English conversation skills and discuss topics relating to life in Britain.

For more information or to register for these classes, contact us on ecdis@essex.ac.uk

 



Are you a parent or have caring responsibilities?

Filed under: Athena SWAN — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:59 am

Through the work of Athena SWAN, it has been identified that it is often harder for working parents and carers (primarily women), to attend conferences and networking events, which fall outside of their normal working pattern, due to additional costs.

The University is committed to learning and promotes staff engagement in maintaining and further developing knowledge, expertise, and skills, irrespective of role and career stage.

Whilst it’s recognised that caring costs are only one factor that could affect attendance at these events, the ‘Career Development Fund for Carers’, has been developed to help relieve the pressure in some part, by helping staff with the additional caring costs incurred.

In recognition of these findings, until 31 July 2018, each Faculty and Professional Services department will hold a budget to support Career Development Fund for Carers applications.

Applicants can make one claim per year, of up to £150 to help with additional caring costs incurred as a result of attending conferences, training or networking events. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further guidance and the application form can be found at What support does the University offer staff carers?

If you have any questions relating to this, or any other Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us at diversity



August 29, 2017

Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:37 am

Come and join the next meeting of the LGBT+ Allies network on Tuesday 5 September from 13:00 – 14:00 in Room 4SA.6.17, when Victoria Beckwith, Project Officer (Tackling Sexual Violence) will be giving a presentation on ‘Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective’.

Please go to HR Organiser to book your place.



Supporting you to safeguard members of our community

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:36 am

The essence of safeguarding:   “This course just reminds us all to care for one another,” captured by a participant at the close of a recent training session.

Whether we are safeguarding a child (anyone under the age of 18) or adult at risk, essentially we are watching out for those who are most vulnerable and at times, guiding them to our services where they can find help and support, such as Student Support, Occupational Health, and Validium,

Safeguarding those who are most vulnerable is the responsibility of all members of our community, which includes all members of staff, student volunteers, those who are participating in a University activity, a contractor or a visitor to one of our campuses.  Regardless of your role, we all have a duty of care towards our children and adults at risk within our community.

But we don’t expect you to do this alone – training and support is available which will help you know when someone is at risk and who you should tell.

  • Safeguarding Essentials – using case studies, this Moodle module will help you understand the many areas of safeguarding and what your responsibilities are.  It will also guide you on how to escalate a concern and what support is available.  This is an e-learning module and you should allow 1 hour for completion.  Please email safeguard@essex.ac.uk for an access code.
  • WRAP (Workshop to raise awareness about Prevent) is a face-to-face training session which captures one specific area of safeguarding.  By using case studies, this session will help you understand why someone may be drawn into terrorism, guide you on how to escalate a concern and help you understand what support is available both within our community and externally.

Current dates: 12 September (Colchester), 14 September (Southend) and 15 November (Colchester).  Places should be booked via HR Organiser.

Our website also gives you more information, including a link to our new Policy on Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk and a very helpful guidance leaflet which includes some useful, do’s and don’ts.

If you would like more information about safeguarding please email safeguard@essex.ac.uk.



Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:35 am

‘The deadline for applications for funding for Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme has been extended to Friday 1 September at 5 pm.  Please follow this link for more information on the course, the criteria and the application form, together with the guidance notes.  

The University is committed to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise, and skills irrespective of role and career stage, so please take advantage of this great development opportunity and apply as soon as possible.’



August 18, 2017

Stonewall Leadership Programmes – apply for funding now!

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:34 am

To support the University’s commitment to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise and skills irrespective of role and career stage, we are funding two places on each of Stonewall’s two LGBT* leadership programmes:

STONEWALL YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of LGBT* staff of 18-25 years of age including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people who consider themselves to have a disability.

STONEWALL TWO-DAY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of senior level LGBT* staff including those from ethnic backgrounds, people of faith, disabled people, women and non-binary people and those at the intersections of these identities.

 

Further information on application criteria, including the University’s application form, can be found on the Equality and Diversity website.  The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017.  

If you are successful in the University’s application process, you will then go forward to take part in Stonewall’s highly-competitive application process where you will be required to complete their online application with our support. If you are shortlisted to take your application further, you will be required to provide an up-to-date CV.  Places on the programme are therefore not guaranteed.



July 10, 2017

Race Equality Charter

Filed under: Equality and Diversity — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:07 am

In May 2017 the University joined the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter (REC), demonstrating our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. In working towards this aim, we have accepted the five guiding principles of the REC which are:

  • Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  • UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
  • In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
  • Black and minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
  • All individuals have multiple identities and the intersection of those identities should be considered wherever possible.
Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean (Science and Health) and the University’s Race Diversity Champion

Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean (Science and Health) and the University’s Race Diversity Champion

 

Professor Graham Underwood, the University’s Race Diversity Champion had the following to say regarding our new charter membership:

“I’m delighted that the University has committed to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students through joining the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter. The Charter provides us with a framework to identify where racial inequalities exist within the University and to develop solutions that are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change.

As a University committed to inclusivity and to providing an environment in which all staff and students are accepted without exception, the principles of the Race Equality Charter align with our values and upholding them is vital in supporting the delivery of institutional excellence in education and research, our two central strategic objectives”.      

As part of our Charter membership we have also pledged:

  • to undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of race equality across the institution
  • to develop solutions to the issues identified through our self-assessment
  • to apply for a REC award within three years

For more information about what the University of Essex is doing to promote equality please visit the Equality and Diversity webpage or contact diversity@essex.ac.uk,


 

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