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Personal Branding For LinkedIn: How To Write A Great Headline

When someone is searching for you on LinkedIn or they’ve just come across your profile in their search results, one of the first things they’ll see is your headline, hence the space underneath your name where you usually write your job title. Together with your profile picture, that is often enough for people to decide whether they want to know more about you or click away.

How To Position & Build Your Personal Brand On LinkedIn

In today’s fast-paced and more than ever connected world, professional first meetings already happen on LinkedIn, so your LinkedIn page is your opportunity to make a great first impression, communicate your value and build your personal brand.


Fake it Till You Make it

This is an edited version of Amy Cuddy’s 2012 Ted Talk. It is used at a career readiness and confidence workshop monthly hosted by Flourish Wilkes Barre.


How I Fail at Being Disabled

Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: “disabled.” In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases by explaining five ways she flips expectations of disability upside down.

When we design for disability, we all benefit

“I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received,” says Elise Roy. As a disability rights lawyer and design thinker, she knows that being Deaf gives her a unique way of experiencing and reframing the world — a perspective that could solve some of our largest problems. As she says: “When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.”


A Blueprint for Diversity in the Workplace

Welcome to this blueprint for diversity in the workplace – a raft of good practice TED talks. Please do take the time to review and discuss within the forum the most salient talks and ideas for you and your institution to support to development of EDI across the sector and the engineering and physical sciences

Free Futurelearn course – Learn how to create a more inclusive world

Many things contribute to an individual’s identity, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, appearance, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, and political beliefs. These things, and more, are what make each of us different. So how can we learn to embrace these differences, and celebrate them? Or to put it in a different way – how can we explore and welcome diversity?

This course will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equipping you to create more inclusive and open environments that are welcome to all.

Join course for free.

Free Futurelearn course – Communicating with Diverse Audiences

Explore what drives the way you communicate and develop communication strategies for successful communication in diverse settings.

Join course for free


Why we have too few women leaders

Welcome to our video and discussion around Sheryl Sanberg’s TED Talk – Why we have too few women leaders.

Let’s save the world – with girl-led startups

Girls growing up in so many countries today have equal access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (known collectively as STEM) education and careers that boys have had for centuries. But they aren’t represented in these fields – here’s why it’s important they are and what we should be doing to increase the number of girl-led startups around the world

Shattering Gender Stereotypes: Feminism Is Good For Men

Being featured in The Guardian, Metro, Telegraph and a writer for Forbes(Europe), Dr. Pragya Agarwal is a ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts’, a devoted educator, a mental health activist and campaigner for women’s rights encouraging young women to follow their passion. With this talk, she aimed to reduce the misconceptions surrounding the term “feminism” and how it isn’t a fight against men but a cry for help by everyone around the world for an equal pedestal. She goes on to explain the toxic gender boundaries that are imposed on us all from our early days and how they play into this whole men vs women culture


Throughout 2020 we held workshops and also provided online content to support early career academics for when they begin engaging in collaborative activities. Please take a look at some of the content below.

Achieving Successful Collaborations 

Recommended features for successful University-Industry collaboration

Personal Branding for Academics

Resources from ‘Personal Branding for Academics’ Workshop 1 Feb 2020

Communicating with Business

Resources from ‘Communicating with Business’ Virtual Workshop May 2020.

Interesting Articles, Links and Academic Literature


Inclusive Leadership

Discover what Leadership and Inclusive Leadership are.

Key Qualities of Leaders

Find out about leadership skills and explore the TetraMap.

Assessments for Inclusive Leadership

Learn about assessments for Inclusive Leadership such as the TetraMap and Myers-Briggs types.

Training Opportunities for Leadership


Women and Autism. Towards a Better Understanding

While it is true that autism is largely a male disorder, women suffer from it too. But their unique stories often go untold. Sarai Pahla is a young woman from Zimbabwe who grew up in South Africa and has been living in Germany for a couple of years. She suffers from Asperger syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. In her talk, she describes the difficulties she has had to master in the course of her life. And she delivers a manual for those who dare to engage in a relationship with autistic women.Autism, Neurodiversity

Invisible Diversity: A Story Of Undiagnosed Autism

What is autism and why is it difficult to get it diagnosed? In her talk Carrie shares her own personal journey towards diagnosis of autism: why it took 35 years, and what are the root causes for such invisible diversity?

Mental Health

What They Don’t Tell You About Mental Illness

1 out of 4 people suffer from mental illness. Look around you, and chances are out of the closest 3 people, 1 of you may be suffering from mental illness. Elizabeth speaks volumes from her own experience battling mental illness and how it is not a personal problem, but a communal one for which we are all responsible to address.


How to Get a Mentor

Mentoring and career expert, Professor Ellen Ensher, Ph.D., discusses tips on how to get a mentor during a TEDx talk at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Do you agree? Have you tried? What are your thoughts?

Celebrating resilience – reframing the narrative around our students

Educator and poet Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In the classroom, Mr. Smith combines his passion for poetry and justice to teach students the importance of their own stories as catalysts for meaningful social action.


Understanding the Thinking Environment, component attention

Why the Power of Mentoring can Change the World

If you want something, dream, dare, do it. If you want something extraordinary, dream, dare, do it with great mentors. If you want to learn a powerful lesson about yourself, become a mentor

Online mentoring course

Our online mentoring course including topics such as mentoring and communication skills and useful resource such as mentoring handbook.

Making the most of mentoring

A mixture of resources to help support you throughout your mentoring relationship. These resources provide advice and guidance on how to make the most of your mentoring experience. 

Mentoring training

A series of 13 training videos created by our mentoring training provider Andrew Scott. These videos recap concepts from your training sessions (e.g mentoring agreement, thinking environment etc) and act as a ‘refresher’ before starting your mentoring relationship. 


Introducing Networking

What is networking and how to do it.

Inclusion Matters Networking Activity

Information from the Inclusion Matters networking activity.


Being visible

Alexis M. Scott’s TEDX talk on what it means to be a female hidden figure in STEM and what one can do to change it. Be seen, be heard. Invisibility is a choice. Choose to be seen. Chose to be heard. Chose to be.

The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK

Charting the success story of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK over the last 10 years

How I’m fighting bias in algorithms

MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t detect her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures. Now she’s on a mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the “coded gaze.” It’s an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding … as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives

The Superpowers of STEM

We can’t afford any more accidental engineers, explains Stephanie Hill, who has been recognized for her career achievements and community outreach, especially in the advancement of STEM education. Diversity drives innovation, and we need more voices at the table to make the impossible possible. Stephanie C. Hill is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin

Decolonising the Curriculum

Melz who was the Education Officer in the University of Leeds and a recent graduate of the university gave her insight of the current curriculum in our generation speaking from experience in the form of both talking and rapping.

Can we eradicate discrimination if we view it as a virus?

If we thought of discrimination as a virus, we might have moved closer to its eradication, says Iyiola Solanke, Professor of Law. Like a virus, discrimination affects the individual and society. So can we learn from public health professionals, and the way they tackle deadly epidemics like Ebola?


LGBTQ in STEM: What it’s like to be Out

Science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — benefits from the participation of people who reflect a broad diversity of viewpoints, experiences and cultures. Yet some people who would do well in STEM face potential hurdles to research careers due to discrimination and other types of biases based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As a group, these individuals fall into what’s known as LGBTQ+ spectrum.