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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