What do our students think about diversity and inclusion?
Scott Taylor and Hazel Westwood co-created this short video project on unconscious bias with Year 1 UG students. The video has sparked national interest following a Chartered Association of Business Schools "Tools for Diversity" event which showcased the film. In the future, we hope to create a similar video, asking BBS staff for their thoughts on diversity and inclusion at the Business School.
Diversity in Business mini-series
As part of the Business School’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we have created a series of events that will celebrate those who are changing the rules on who can participate and succeed in business and explore particular issues and concerns some of you may have in terms of future job hunting.
We know that the perception of the world of Business has historically been one of a competitive and ruthless sector which is steeped in tradition and outdated ways of thinking. Whilst there still may be some truth in this, the world is changing - and this generation of students will be the ones who will do more to proactively change the face of Business forever.
These panel session events are open to all students and staff across CoSS to help educate everyone on the experiences of others for when they enter the workplace. Please follow our conversations on social media using the hashtag #BBSEDI.
Look out for our next event in June which will focus on the wider topic of disability.
More information will be released soon.
Women Who Challenge: Making your Passion your Job
To celebrate International Women’s Day, this #BBSEDI event showcased how successful alumni #ChooseToChallenge in the world of work. Zahra Zahira Zakaria of UoB’s Women in Finance Society, was joined by inspirational alumni who shared their experiences and offered advice on how to: turn your passion into your job; create space for yourself and others; and make a tangible difference to the communities we live in.
- Georgina Mugugu, Security Analyst at the World Bank
- Oyinkansola Adebayo, Development Economist and CEO of Niyo Enterprise
- Gaby Mendes, Founder of Talk Twenties and Host of the Talk Twenties Podcast
Our Authentic Selves: Being LGBTQ+ in the Workplace
To mark LGBTQ+ History Month, our very own PhD student, Lowri Evans (she/her), was joined by alumni and students who shared their experiences and offered advice on how to overcome specific barriers that may be faced in an enlightening Q&A panel session.
- Matt Cameron - Global Managing Director at LGBT Great (he/him)
- Sorcha Hughes - LGBTQ+ Officer at the Guild of Students (they/them)
- Suki Sandhu - Founder and CEO of Involve – the inclusion people and Audeliss (he/him)
The Changing Face of Business: Diversity in Finance
In an exciting open Q&A panel session; Guild President, Tobi Adeyemi was joined by alumni who have all successfully forged careers in the Finance sector, and who kindly shared their experiences and offered advice on how to overcome specific barriers that they faced.
- Maninder Bahra - Chief Control Officer at Barclays UK
- Ryan Makuku - Assistant Vice President - ALM Analytics & Development at Barclays Investment Bank
- Fayola Francis - Inclusion and Diversity Assistant Manager at Grant Thornton