Diversity and Inclusivity Masterclass



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There is a requirement in today’s market for increased awareness amongst teams and organisations of the issues around gender, age, disability, and health at work. The aim of this course is to provide detailed support on how to accommodate differences and sensitivities in the workplace, and how to make reasonable and responsible adjustments going forward.

This masterclass comprises three one-hour online as-live workshops via Teams/Zoom/Adobe Connect focusing on:

  • Gender, ethnicity, and women’s health
  • Disability in the workplace
  • Disability in the workplace
  • Age in the workplace

Each session includes an introductory 20-minute talk on the topic followed by a group breakout exercise for 20 minutes, finishing with a 20-minute discussion, Q&A and reflection.

The three workshops are delivered by three industry leading professors.

Workshop 1: Professor Heather McGregor

In addition to being Executive Dean, Heather is also non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett and a non-executive director of two public companies. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including writing for the Financial Times for 17 years. She is also the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, a charity that seeks to address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the public relations and communications industries. Additionally, Heather is a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.’s publicly listed companies. In June 2015, Professor McGregor was made a Commander of the British Empire for her services to diversity and employment. In February 2017, she was appointed by the UK Government to be a member of the Honours Committee for the Economy.

Workshop 2: Professor Kate Sang

Kate is head of The Centre for Research into Employment, Work and the Professions and Professor for gender and employment studies. She is also Heriot-Watt’s UCU equality officer.
Kate’s recent research projects include:
•    Disability Inclusive Science Careers
•    Disability inclusion in Malawi
•    Women's access to basic services in Rohingya Refugee Camps
•    Gynaecological health in academia
•    Disability and academic careers
In addition, she is a member of the Cross Party Working Group on Women’s Health, and between 2018-2020 was an expert advisor to the Scottish Government on disability.

Workshop 3: Professor Alan Gow

Alan is a professor of Psychology. He teaches on the BSc Psychology and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects which focus on personality, cognitive abilities, health and wellbeing, and ageing.
Alan's research focuses on the identification of lifestyle and behavioural factors that predict healthy ageing, primarily cognitive ageing. Alan is mainly interested in factors which are modifiable, such as activity participation and exercise, social networks and support, and occupational characteristics and exposures. By being amenable to change, such factors are potential targets for interventions designed to reduce or delay the deleterious effect of ageing on cognitive abilities



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