Northern Power Inclusion Matters – End of Project Workshop

Making Inclusion Matter: An Evidence Base from the Northern Power Inclusion Matters Project

26th May 2021

The Northern Power Inclusion Matters team are delighted to invite you to our project workshop. Live scribed by Laura Evans of Nifty Fox, this promises to be an inspiring and informative day, designed to support Higher Education and Industry professionals in retaining and developing diverse communities of people within their organisations, and assist Early Career Researchers in their personal development.

In this free, one day, online workshop we share what we did, findings from our EDI in STEM research and listen to inspiring speakers and panels.  With networking and development sessions for early career participants, and sessions relevant to EDI, HR and Organisation Development professionals, this promises to be a day with something for everyone.


10:00 – 10:10Welcome and Introduction
Colin Bain, Vice-Provost Research at Durham University
10:10 – 10:45Keynote Speaker
Susan Johnson OBE, Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission talks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the pandemic and disproportionate impact on minority groups, and why EDI is more important now than ever before.
10:45 – 11:00Networking break – informal hosted discussion rooms
11:00 – 12:00Session 1
Findings from the evaluation of Northern Power Inclusion Matters programme

Dr Helen Cramman, evaluation lead gives a presentation of findings followed by a Q&A session.
12:00 – 12:05Recap of the Morning session with Laura Evans, Nifty Fox Productions.
12:05 – 12:40Break for Lunch
12:40 – 14:40Session 2
What we did and how we did it. Tools for practitioners and discussion around challenges, opportunities and how to overcome these.
12:40 – 12:50Toolkit and Website overview
12:50 – 13:20Activities Overview – ‘What We Did’

• Shared Characteristics Mentoring – Professor Vania Dimotrova and Jill Green
• Reciprocal Mentoring – Rachel Archbold
• Academic Networking – Dr Sharron Kuznesof
• Industry Collaboration – Dr Roger Penlington
• Online Platform – Professor Vania Dimitrova and David Broad
13:20 – 13:35Breakout Rooms – Session
13:35 – 13:50Breakout Rooms – Session 2
13:55 – 14:40Facilitated panel discussion with Q&A – Chaired by Professor Judith Rankin, Newcastle
‘Overcoming the Challenges of Policy Implementation and Change, and the Challenges of cross-institutional Implementation, helping to create critical mass for some under-represented groups’

• Dr Roger Penlington, Northumbria
• Professor Ari Sadanandom, Durham
• Professor Sarah Sharples, Nottingham
• Dr Emma Spary, Leeds
• Dr Derek Wann, York
• Professor Claire Warwick, Durham
14:45 – 15.00BREAK
15:00 – 15:40Session 3
How to Effectively Engage in Professional Development as an ECR during Challenging Times.

Professor Simon Rees, Head of Researcher and Education Development at Durham University takes us through a session where we explore the barriers, difficulties and challenges of engaging with professional development. How do we prioritise personal development above competing demands on our time when dealing with a busy workload and during events such as the pandemic?
15:00 – 15:40BREAK
15:50 – 16:20Plenary Speaker
Industry partner Peter Caine, Stanley Black & Decker talks about HEI and Industry – how collaborations are able to make a difference in increasing diversity, and a reflection on changing personal and organisational mindset through engagement in a programme like Northern Power Inclusion Matters.
16:20 – 16:25Recap of the Afternoon Session – Laura Evans, Nifty Fox Productions
16:25 – 16:30Closing remarks
Professor Emma Flynn, PVC Research at Queen’s
University, Belfast