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12 June 2017
A new date for the workshop has not yet been announced, however, you can register your interest in future events on the Unconscious Bias webpage.
Date of Last Workshop
7 February 2018 (RAS and Open Programme) Led by Sandy Sparks
18 October 2017 (RAS and Open Programme) Led by Sandy Sparks
13 September 2017 led by Sandy Sparks
22 November 2016 led by Sandy Sparks
16 November 2016 special workshop designed for inclusion in the University's Respect Day Programme
Date of Next Workshop
6 June 2018
Powerpoint Presentation: Unconscious Bias - ASC
By Sandy Sparks (24 May 2018)
Powerpoint Presentation: Unconscious Bias (RAS and Open Programme
By Sandy Sparks (7 February 2018)
Feedback from February 2017 WIS (Women in Science) Cohort
On behalf of WIS organisers we would like to say:
Thank you so much to Sandy for a fascinating, engaging and interactive delivery of the Unconscious Bias Workshop. We were surprised by how much discussion there was from within the audience, but it was great to see people interacting and sharing opinions and experiences surrounding the topic so freely. The presentation was brilliant, and covered so many aspects of unconscious bias in such a small period of time. It was intriguing how we all find it obvious it is when it is pointed out to us, yet it can pass us by completely unnoticed for decades! Overall, the workshop was very well received, there was a lot of positive feedback from attendees and many people thought it should be compulsory. In the future it may be beneficial to offer a longer session or even a course/series of shorter sessions; it is such a huge topic, very interesting and hugely important to everyone, it is likely that many people will immediately notice things they weren't aware of before and begin to adjust and modify their behaviours accordingly.
Individual quotes from Woment in Science cohort
"Really refreshing to hear an open minded speaker on the subject of unconscious bias. I've since used several ideas in all aspects of my work from marking to interacting with those a little less open minded and aware of issues raised concerning unconscious bias."
"There were so many things I had never considered - the first thing I did when I got home was take the Harvard IAT"
"the diverse group helped me realise there are often many interpretations of a topic"
"I found it useful and insightful to learn the tools that the university use to mitigate social unconscious bias, but some of the topics covered fall under political correctness"
Feedback from the November 2016 cohort
"I now have a growing awareness of how unconscious bias can impact my everyday work and social interactions. This awareness will enable me to consider strategies to address those biases”
Rosalind Roke, Operations Director/seconded to Mathematics Institute (administrator), IGGY
"The course gave me the confidence to resist the disproportionate behaviour of others regarding diversity and inclusivity policy. It made me understand just where the job descriptions I inherited have been inadvertently excluding some of the best candidates from applying. Sandy, I really enjoyed the course"
Richard Weston, Senior Project Manager, Estates Office
"It was insightful to meet and discuss with colleagues from across the University how unconscious bias is relevant in various contexts and interactions. It was particularly useful to reflect on some of the less obvious situations in which unconscious bias comes into play, and we had some interesting discussions on the relevance and reality of unconscious bias in the workplace, as well as on potential ways to mitigate this".
Joelle Loew, Research Associate, WMS
Feedback from the 16 November 2016 (Respect Day) Workshop
‘I attended the Unconscious Bias session on the University’s Respect day to understand more about unconscious bias, how it can affect everyday work situations, and how it can be mitigated. I really enjoyed the session – the delivery was lively and engaging with thought provoking examples and I took away some useful ideas on how we as a department could embed some of this learning into our culture. Thanks Sandy for an informative session.’ Emma Durrant, Compliance and Operations Manager, Unitemps
Quotes from delegates who attended the workshop in June 2016:
"A very quick note to say thank you for the Unconscious Bias session yesterday. I thought it was an excellent training session airing some challenging issues in a way that helped all the delegates develop an understanding of the subject."
Tom Britten, Director (Business Development), WCG Directorate
"I attended the LDC lunchtime session on 14 June 2016 and felt compelled to note some feedback:
- The session was an excellent mix of academic and Administrative staff, which led to some good and varied views.
- Sandy facilitated with great energy, enthusiasm and humour which made the session very engaging.
- The subject matter is diverse and sometimes sensitive, so a very professional facilitation is necessary – we certainly got that.
- Participants were encouraged to share views and personal experience, which added to the learning.
- A well spent lunchtime for me and will be recommending to colleagues/peers."
Alan Warwood, Customer Service Manager, Estates Office.
"I was delighted that the workshop provided scope for discussion of bias and equality and did not simply promote solutions. There are competing priorities, and a range of views, so openness and the opportunity to listen to others is welcome."
Prof J L Hutton, Department of Statistics
Further Information/Register Interest:
If you would like further information or for LDC to contact you when future dates are released for this workshop please visit the Unconscious Bias webpage.