National Inclusion Week

A programme for the events between 25 September - 1 October is now available.


The University is taking part in National Inclusion Week to raise awareness of the wide range of initiatives on campus and to celebrate our distinctively international and diverse staff and student community.

The University's vision is to be a beacon of excellence for Equality and Inclusion in the higher education sector.

This year’s theme is Connect for Inclusion. It’s your opportunity to step out from your familiar environment and team to meet other colleagues or students with different experiences and perspectives that add to our rich campus environment.

Activities include a ‘Faces of FBS’ session and a ‘Great Diversity Bake Off’ coffee morning organised by our colleagues in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. More events are detailed below and we look forward to seeing you at some of these.

18 September-10 October

‘Women of Mathematics throughout Europe – A Gallery of Portraits’, A photographic exhibition in the Edward Boyle Library Foyer.

To promote this exhibition, the School of Maths is also sponsoring a photography competition on ‘Breaking Stereotypes in Mathematical Science’. All undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Leeds are invited to submit a picture (by 22nd September) to enter the competition and have the chance to win £100 and £50 in Amazon vouchers.

Monday 25 September

Global Café, 17.30-19.30 at Common Ground in Leeds University Union

Available to all students, staff and their families.

A weekly event for UK and international students to relax and meet people from all around the world. Staff and families are also welcome. An opportunity to make new friends, learn about other cultures, practise language skills and enjoy free tea, coffee and biscuits.

Tuesday 26 September

Staff Mental Health Network - Open meeting on making spaces for ourselves at work

13.00–14.00, Room: Baines Wing SR 4.12. See Equality Policy Unit for more information.

This open staff meeting will include a brief introduction to the staff mental health network and outline the activities planned for the new academic year. 

There will be some discussions and we will watch a short documentary – 'Self labelling and Identity' which is described as: "We call mad people lots of names. Most of them are not meant to be complimentary. But what do mad people call themselves? Do they accept labels that others stick on them? Do they apply their own labels? Why might one person choose a different label than another? This is a short documentary in which 12 Toronto activists discuss how they identify themselves".

The Staff Mental Health Network provides a welcoming space for all staff with a personal interest in experiences of distress and confusion, emotional wellbeing and a commitment to improving approaches to work and mental health. For more information visit the Staff Mental Health Network.

Wednesday 27 September

Challenges and Rewards – Promoting a positive image of women doing mathematics

15.00 -17.00, Edward Boyle Library Conference Room

The School of Maths is hosting three public talks about being a mathematician at University:

  • Professor Louise Walker (University of Manchester, UK) – Inspiring the new generation of Mathematicians (teaching focused)
  • Dr Elizabeth Quaglia (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) – A Crypto Journey (research focused)
  • Professor Karin Baur (Graz University, Austria) – The path through a career in Mathematics (work-life balance focused)

The event is free and open to everyone. Visit the University pages for more information.

Wednesday 27 September

The Equality Policy Unit will host presentations on equality and inclusion, anti-discrimination law and staff networks from staff representatives.

13.00-15.30, Room: Worsley SR 9.87 – See Equality Policy Unit for more information.


13.00 Welcome and introductions by Sabiha Patel, Head of Equality and Inclusion

13.10 Professor Iyiola Solanke (School of Law) – ‘Anti-discrimination law’

14.00 Introduction and updates from the Leeds 11 (BME), LGBT, Women@Leeds and Mental Health staff networks

15.00 Dr Catherine Bates (Lifelong Learning Centre) – ‘Inclusive Recruitment, Teaching and Learning Strategies on the Lifelong Learning Centre’s BA Professional Studies degree’

Open to all staff and students. Tea and coffee will be available. To register for the event, please email

Thursday 28 September

Going for Silver – Presentation by the Athena Swan Chair, Professor Cath Noakes

12.00 -13.00, Baines Wing SR 2.16

In 2016, the Faculty of Engineering successfully secured an Athena Swan Silver award. This presentation by the Athena Swan Chair, Prof Cath Noakes, talks through how the faculty prepared for this award, how they demonstrated impact and some of the challenges and highlights in the process. The talk is an opportunity to discuss some of the aspects that make a good Athena Swan submission and some of the practical considerations in delivering better gender equality.

The event is free and open to everyone. 

Thursday 28 September 

Coffee Connections – A community for partners and families

12.00-14.00, Student Common Room, Level 12, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building

Make new friends and share ideas about how to make the most of living in Leeds at our monthly event. Enjoy free tea, coffee and cake. Children are welcome too!

Join the Coffee Connections community by signing up to the mailing list or our Facebook page

This monthly event is available to partners and families of students and staff.

Thursday 28 September 

Opening up access to HE with technology

14.00-14.40, Seminar Room 1.09, Maurice Keyworth, Business School

This event will look at technologies available on campus which can be used to support an inclusive education at Leeds. We will also explore how you can quickly make your existing learning resources more inclusive.

For more information, please contact Keith Tellum and Kirsten Thompson from Organisational Development and Professional Learning.  

Thursday 28 September 

Inclusive teaching @ Leeds

15.00-15.45, Seminar Room 1.09, Maurice Keyworth, Business School

Earlier this year, the Inclusive Learning and Teaching Development Group launched a series of inclusive teaching practice guides and video interviews with staff and students. 

Come along and learn about how colleagues are supporting students through inclusive teaching practice and what you can do to enhance your own inclusive practice. You are welcome to bring along your own mobile devices, tablets and laptops, to use during the session.

For more information, please contact Kirsten Thompson from Organisational Development and Professional Learning or Jenny Brady from Disability Services. 

Friday 29 September 2017

Raising the Ceiling on Diversity and Inclusion – an On Your Marks Networking Event, hosted by Leeds University Business School

11.30-14.00, University House

In celebration of National Inclusion Week, we are delighted to invite you to the next event in the On Your Marks Networking Series, brought to you by the University of Leeds and Marks & Spencer.

  • Host: Kerrie Unsworth, Chair in Organizational Behaviour and Head of Management Division, Leeds University Business School
  • Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean of Birmingham Business School
  • Keynote speaker: Simmone Haywood, Head of Talent, Marks & Spencer

Available to staff, students, alumni and external guests – to register and for more information, please visit the LUBS website

Monday 2 October

Welcome Unity Lunch 

12.00-14.00, Level 12 common room, Ziff Building

Join the University of Leeds Chaplaincy to find out what they have been doing to promote unity on the campuses in Leeds. Meet staff and students from the Leeds universities. Enjoy good food and company!

Available to all staff and students. Lunch will be provided.

Monday 9 October

Diversity Networking Event – Prepare for the Graduate Recruitment and Internships Fair (by invitation to widening participation and disabled students)

9.15-11.00, The Edge

Hosted by the Student Careers Centre, this event will enable students to gain an inside track by meeting and talking to employers who are especially engaged with inclusivity and diversity. Learn about opportunities, gain confidence and receive support and advice prior to the Fair opening.

The wider Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair takes place on Monday 9 October from 11am and with over 100 organisations attending, this is the perfect place to gain more information about employment opportunities. 

We are inviting you to come and join a small number of employers and University staff at this earlier session for an informal conversation over coffee before the Fair opens to everyone. Put the time and date in your calendar and an invitation will be sent soon.

Equality Policy Unit

For more information, visit the Equality Policy Unit website, send them an email or call 0113 343 6699. You can also follow them on twitter @LeedsEquality.

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