Working in Higher Education is certainly a rewarding experience. With the hashtag #lgbtqinclusivity, the first day of our conference, Facing the Dragon, has certainly offered an amazing diversity of insights. Our keynote speaker, Professor Cara Aicheson, Vice-Chanceller of Cardiff Metropolitan University, inspired everyone discussing the real difference leadership can make when aligned with values. We enjoyed research, reflections and opinion, not to mention valuable insight, on a range of topics around gender, sexuality and identity, and explored this from the perspectives of students and staff. We were lucky enough to have Mark Smith from Sydney University giving us the international perspective, and critical insights came from Scottish colleagues exemplifying the joined-up working of Scottish Universities.
There have been many, deep and wonderful conversations, and all members of the organising team from Swansea, South Wales and Cardiff Universities have been overwhelmed by the expertise shared so far. We are already building a picture of good practice and inspirational ideas to drive our equality work forward. With a mixture of workshops and presentations, followed by an intimate dinner and entertainment by local singer/songwriter Bronwen Lewis.
I can only look forward to another packed and interesting day today, and express my appreciation of the speakers and the value of their contributions. So much for us to learn about and think about, and so many ideas for how we can continue to push the equality and inclusivity agenda forward.
Onwards we go for day 2!

September 6th, 2017

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Dear All
The conference is tomorrow! I am so excited to meet everyone and we have a packed and really amazing programme of events.
Programmes will be distributed on the day, but in the meantime, here is how the days are looking….

Please remember, we are on the Bay Campus. Here is a link to the campus map

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/media/bay-campus-plan.pdf

 

Please come to the School of Management and follow the signs for the conference.

 

With very best wishes from the LGBT+ Network and the Representatives from Cardiff University and University of South Wales.

Programme Day 1 – 5 September 2017
9:00 am – 10.30 am Registration and refreshments
10.30 am – 11:00 am Welcome to the conference – THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CHAIR – Prof Martin Stringer Keynote address: Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
From ‘marking difference’ to ‘making a difference’: the social-cultural nexus of power and personal responsibility in the leadership of higher education.
12:00 pm – 12.15 pm Comfort Break
12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
(1st Concurrent)

CHAIR- ALYS EINION Papers: Staff and student experience

(Non-) performative allyship: when LGBT-friendly images of HE institutions backfire
Pippa Sterk, Goldsmiths

Interactive collaborative virtual learning space exploring inclusive practice
Mandy Jack, Swansea University

Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Robin Benson, Swansea University
Workshop

Fanzines: making media, doing activism
Cath Elms, Swansea University Workshop

Decolonising ‘inclusivity’: mapping reciprocity through a social cartographical lens
Cath Camps & CA Emmett, Cardiff University and USW
1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch Break
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
(2nd Concurrent)

CHAIR – CATH CAMPS Papers: cultural barriers and mental health

Bisexual erasure and biphobia in Wales
Carlotta Lami, Swansea University

LGBTQ students and mental health
Georgina Gnan, King’s College

Gender, women and the ‘F’ word – addressing gender inequalities awareness in professional and social science education.
Alys Einion, Swansea University.
Workshop

An employability mentoring scheme for LGBTQ students at the University of Birmingham
Sean Russell, Get Out Stay Out
Workshop

How can my teaching be more LGBTQ inclusive? Reflecting on professional practice and power in higher education
Nicola Gale & Nicki Ward, University of Birmingham
3.15 pm – 4 pm Afternoon Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(3rd Concurrent)

CHAIR – Prof Martin Stringer Papers: campus climate

Turning the sandstone into a rainbow: implementing an inclusive culture in a 170 year old institution
Jennifer Barrett & Mark Smith, University of Sydney

Proudly Proactive: celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ students in higher education in Scotland
Hazel Marzetti, University of Edinburgh

Trans inclusion: exploring the experiences of trans and gender diverse students and staff in HE
Stephanie McKendry, University of Strathclyde Workshop

This is your trans* life: trans inclusivity in medical education
Evan Wilkins, Cardiff University Workshop

Bisexuality issues in higher education
Rosie Nelson, University of Bristol
5:00 pm CLOSE DAY 1
Conference Dinner at the Swansea Marriott Hotel. Schedule:
● Arrival and Drinks reception at 6:30pm;
● Seating at 7:15pm;
● First course served at 7:30pm.

Dinner entertainment: music by Welsh singer/songwriter Bronwen Lewis (from the film Pride)

Programme Day 2 – 6 September 2017
9.30 am – 10.30 am
CHAIR – ALYS EINION Keynote address: Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-ViceChancellor, Swansea University
Herding dragons, intersectionality and the teaching of religion
10.30 am – 11.00 am Comfort Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
(4th Concurrent)

CHAIR – ERICH HOU Papers: trans research, and psychology

“Can I touch you? I’ve never met a real non-binary person”: the importance to inclusive curricula of equipping trans-identified students with research skills
Edith England, Swansea University

Queering the psychology curriculum: reflections on doing LGBT activism in the context of academic psychology
Nuno Nodin, Royal Holloway

The unicorn in the room: the impact of gendered expectations in clothing in Healthcare/HE environments
Josie Henley, Cardiff University Workshop

How to develop successful strategies for implementing change in your institution to enhance the experience of LGBTQ students and staff
Sean Russell, Get Out Stay Out Workshop

Bi exclusion and inclusion in higher education
Ele Hicks, Bi Cymru
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(5th Concurrent)

CHAIR – Catherine Emmett Papers: teaching health & social care

Developing and advancing LGBT inclusivity in higher education curriculum
Maurice O’Brien, Caroline Ellis & David Clarke, Cardiff University

Gender and Sexual Diversity in Professional Practice Learning: Early Lessons from the DAPPLE Project
Nicki Ward, University of Birmingham

Medical students exploring gender through art
Zarabeth Newton & Tonya Neame, Cardiff University Workshop

Over the rainbow: small symbol, big impact, and uncovering ‘untold’ stories
Spectrum (LGBT+ staff network), USW Workshop

GO Wales employability scheme at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales
GO Wales for Cardiff and USW
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CHAIR– ALYS EINION Plenary session: David Donovan, Negotiations Officer, BECTU
PRIDE: A Study in Solidarity

3:00 pm – 3.30 pm Afternoon Coffee Break
3.30 pm – 5:00 pm
CHAIR – Prof Martin STringer The Great Debate
Panel session with speakers from the conference
5:00 pm CONFERENCE CLOSE
Thank you and goodbye!

September 4th, 2017

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