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Chris Jay Announced as a Keynote Speaker at Diversity in Higher Education Conference


Chris Jay, the Managing Director of Bascule Disability Training, has been invited by the organisers of Westminster Insight’s Diversity in Higher Education Conference to be a keynote speaker at the event.

The conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday 21st May 2020, and will address a range of issues such as exploring the importance of diversity in Higher Education, how to embed EDI into a University’s strategy, as well as reviewing charters such as the Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter.

Chris will be delivering a presentation entitled -'CASE STUDY- Exploring how Universities can become Certified Disability Confident Leaders' -drawing on his previous experience and close involvement with The University of Southampton in enabling them to become the sector’s first Disability Confident Leader.

Chris will present at 14.30 on the day and will address the following points:

  • How to make disability confident accreditation meaningful, and go beyond surface level engagement
  • Creating mechanisms and policies to value and listen to feedback from disabled staff
  • Breaking down barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff
  • Exploring areas such as language, disability definition, etiquette, disclosure and physical accessibility
  • Making reasonable adjustments as required to promote a culture of being Disability confident Questions and Discussions follow


Other key points the conference will cover include:

  • Establishing diverse leadership teams in Higher Education
  • Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of your University
  • Implementing comprehensive EDI training for your institution
  • Addressing Issues around the BAME and Gender Pay Gap
  • Supporting staff who experience discrimination and abuse
  • Implementing inclusive recruitment processes to attract diverse talent
  • Establishing inclusive University policies to nurture supportive workplaces for women in academic positions


With 91.6% of professors being white, only 1 in 4 being women, 4.9% declaring as being disabled and only one black Vice-Chancellor in the whole of the UK, the HE sector is undoubtedly behind other sectors in championing diversity and inclusion. As the Diversity and Inclusion agenda gains momentum for the student population, creating a more inclusive and diverse staff network at our Universities is paramount for the progress of Higher Education institutions. Westminster Insight’s Diversity in Higher Education Conference will explore strategies to diversify leadership teams, implement EDI training to all staff and review recruitment processes across institutions.

To see the full agenda of the day and to book a place at the conference, CLICK HERE USE CODE ‘HZDTZO’ for a 20% discount!