Balanced and diverse senior management teams are a crucial component of successful universities, and governing bodies are key partners in the move towards diversity.
The Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit are delighted to offer this new workshop especially designed to help governing bodies understand the barriers presented by unconscious bias – and how decision-making can be improved and help to ensure more diverse appointments are made, through a greater awareness of biases.
This workshop can be run for the governing body, or for representatives of the governing bodies of neighbouring universities or higher education colleges on a regional basis (with a maximum of 20 delegates).
Designed and delivered by experienced and knowledgeable facilitators and using up-to-the-minute research on this fascinating subject, governors taking part will learn about the role that unconscious bias plays in human decision-making; apply this knowledge to their own university’s decision-making, especially in relation to senior appointments in the context of the equality and diversity strategy; and create a realistic action plan for mitigating bias.
The workshop will be led by two specialist unconscious bias facilitators, Clare Pavitt, of the Equality Challenge Unit and Rebecca Nestor, an associate, of the Leadership Foundation.
To book an unconscious bias workshop or find out more about arranging a session for your university governing body please contact Sweta Purohit Jina, Head of Consultancy and Bespoke Programmes on 020 3468 4823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An example away-day programme
Please note that the programme will be tailored to the individual strategic context of the university, following a short diagnostic/planning conversation with Rebecca Nestor.
10.00 Welcome, introductions, session objectives
How our brains process information
Exploration, using a range of psychological case studies and personal examples, of the shortcuts and assumptions the brain makes when processing information generally, and more specifically how the brain processes information about people and the impact that can have on behaviour.
10.30 What can exacerbate our biases
Exploration of areas that create and exacerbate the brain’s shortcuts and assumptions, including:
11.30 Where unconscious biases might have an impact
Consideration of where and how unconscious biases might manifest in an organisational context, in terms of both staff and student experiences
12. 00 How to manage our unconscious biases and make evidence-based decisions
This session will focus on turning ideas and strategies from psychological studies into practical everyday solutions for managing unconscious bias. A range of tailored exercises will enable the identification of personal and organisational approaches to reducing the impact of biases that can be adopted within the institution.
12.50 Summary and immediate next steps