Effective leadership in diverse contexts is fundamental to the success of schools, universities and colleges. Not only is it necessary to achieve the organisational performance required in the short to medium term, but long term it provides a model of how leadership is practised for learners and the wider community.
Professor Jacky Lumby, University of Southampton, 2007
Studies have highlighted the crucial importance of leaders in supporting change as regards equality and diversity. This has never been more important given the increasing diversity of students entering UK higher education and the growing internationalisation of the higher education workforce. The Leadership Foundation is aware of the persistent lack of diversity in the senior ranks of UK higher education, even though people of all backgrounds are encouraged to take up its programmes.
Equality and diversity have been central to the objectives of the Leadership Foundation since it was established in 2004. These web pages aim to give an overview of our work in this area and to be a key source of information on leadership and diversity in higher education.
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For more information on the Leadership Foundation's diversity work, please contact Dr Diane Bebbington
For more information on the Leadership Foundation's diversity work, please contact:
Dr Diane Bebbington
Diane Bebbington took up the role of Diversity Advisor to the Leadership Foundation in 2007. She has been working in the area of equality for many years.
Most recently her focus has been on higher education and in particular, diversity and higher education leadership. Diane has worked on many national, European and international projects including for the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Equality Challenge Unit, the Department of Trade and Industry, the University of Cambridge, the Athena Project and Roehampton University/European Commission.
She has a PhD in sociology from the University of London’s Institute of Education and an MSc in human communication from City University.
Leading the Student Experience (September 2014)
The UK HE System (July 2014)
Internationalisation (July 2014)