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Unconscious Bias

This workshop is an introduction to the concept of unconscious bias and will look at how unconscious bias impacts on behaviour and decision making. We will also spend time looking at H.E. examples of Unconscious Bias and how to reduce unconscious bias.

Who should attend?
Open to all Research Active Staff (Research focused, Teaching focused and Research & Teaching contracts)
We do not accept applications from postgraduates or research students. Students should refer to the Student Career and Skills website for details of workshops designed specifically to meet their needs.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Developed an improved understanding of unconscious bias
  • Gained an understanding of the impact unconscious bias can have on behaviour and decision making
  • Identified ideas of ways to reduce the impact of unconscious bias
  • Consider the impact of unconscious bias on research

Is there anything else I need to know? 
Pre-workshop work: delegates are required to complete the Harvard Implicit Bias test.

Feedback from the 22 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

“Attending the taster session made me realise how much more you could learn about this area and how interesting it is from both a personal and a work perspective. The tutor, Sandy, was very knowledgeable and approachable and I would recommend the course to anyone; in fact, I’ll be looking to sign up to a full course when it becomes available”
Kiley Brown, Project Manager for PhD and Strategic Programmes, Student Career and Skills

“This short workshop on unconscious bias was a really useful introduction to the topic and Sandy gave lots of relevant examples and scenarios that illustrated the points being made very well. A really valuable workshop that has changed how I approach all sorts of situations in my role!”
Yvonne Budden, Head of Scholarly Communications, The Library

‘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

Led by:
Sandy Sparks, Learning & Development Adviser for Research Active Staff


Unconscious Bias Workshop
(PDF Document)Powerpoint Presentation by Sandy Sparks, 22 November 2016.

Unconscious Bias (Respect Day)
(PDF Document)Powerpoint Presentation by Sandy Sparks, 16 November 2016



For further information and resources visit our Unconscious Bias Resource Bank Page


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Any Questions:

Workshop Content
Sandy Sparks (
LDC Adviser
Ext. 74121

Workshop Arrangement
Jane Cooper Administrative Assistant.
Ext 24893

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