UK Diversity

Diversity: More Than Just A Buzzword

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Diversity is the buzzword in everything from workshops to expos and conferences and everything in-between, but what about in the workplace? It's all too easy to get execs to give talks and bold statements or host glitzy awards about the importance of diversity and yet it's still so difficult to find actual examples of growth and success.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Campaign To Dismantle Narrow Beauty Standards

Lekia Lée | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Style
Lekia Lée

banner The problem is not that we appreciate beauty but that the definition of beauty is so narrow, too narrow to include afro textured hair, so while society is waking up to the damaging effects of its narrow definition of beauty, advocating for body acceptance, even skin colour acceptance, hair discrimination still goes largely unopposed.

Winnie Harlow Was The Perfect Choice To Lead Matty Bovan's Divine SW17 Collection

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Style

When one of our favourite emerging designers - Matty Bovan - worked with one of our favourite models - Winnie Harlow - only one thing was going to hap...

BBC Drama The Moorside Failed The Dewsbury Community

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rhammel Afflick

By erasing the Asian community of Dewsbury, the BBC have not only done a disservice to that community but to the wider Asian community in the UK. It's time for the BBC, and other key influencers to take responsibility for the ramifications of their actions, and the real and immediate action they can take to ensure these issues become a thing of the past.

History Was Made At The London Young Labour Conference, But We're Not Done Yet

Siddo Dwyer | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Siddo Dwyer

Issues surrounding race in Young Labour and the wider Party persist. Even with the passing of this motion we will face battles for our voice to be heard across Young Labour, in wider Labour Party structures and Council and Parliamentary selections. Change won't happen in a year, or even two, but it will.

Older People And Sex: A Taboo

Megan Barnett | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Barnett

The sex lives of older people is often sensationalised in the media, almost demonising older women for having a happy and fulfilling sex life. There is a derogatory suggestion that, "You're past it, love. It's time for the youngsters to have their fun."

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down's Syndrome, Debuts Her Own Clothing Line At NYFW

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Style

Madeline Stuart launched her first ever clothing line at New York Fashion Week on Sunday 12 February. The 20-year-old model, who has Down’s syndrome...

Dear NYFW: Models Share Heartbreaking Stories Of Pressure To Lose Weight And Lack Of Diversity

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Style

Models are sharing stories of the pressure they have felt to lose weight or the discrimination they have faced due to their skin colour with the hasht...

Porn Sex Vs Real Sex

Megan Barnett | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Barnett

Highlighting the key differences between porn sex and real sex will help younger people create more realistic expectations and have a better understanding of sexual intimacy, making them well-prepared for when they become sexually active.

My Journey As A British Chinese

Johnny Luk | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Johnny Luk

I went to a school where I was one of the very few Chinese people there and I found myself really struggling with my identity. That became stronger when other friends began to date; it was so hard to ask girls out because I felt so 'different' which for a teenager, really killed my confidence.

Emotional TV Ad Proves There's No Such Thing As 'Them Versus Us'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A Danish advert has proven there’s no “them versus us” - and its message is more poignant than ever. In a world where people can be divided so e...

Leomie Anderson: 'We Need Action - Not Words - To Improve Diversity In Fashion'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Style

Victoria’s Secret model Leomie Anderson has uttered a rallying cry for fashion and beauty brands to end tokenistic diversity gestures and make hirin...

Just How Worried Are LGBT Americans About Their Rights Under Trump? Very.

Ian Johnson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Ian Johnson

In a whirlwind of actions since assuming the Presidency, Donald Trump has implemented a number of controversial decisions, which his supporters applau...

Sex On Screen: Unrealistic Depictions Of Sex On TV

Megan Barnett | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Barnett

I suppose you could say that sex on screen is like an edited version of sex in real life, and of course they are there for entertainment purposes and serve as plot devices, but there is a distinct lack in truly realistic sex scenes out there.

Photos Of Women In The Media Are About To Become A Lot More Diverse

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Flick through your average magazine or online news site and you’ll find a plethora of slim, white women, but in reality, women come in all shapes, s...

Brit Awards Nominations 2017

CeCe Sammy | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
CeCe Sammy

Last year's Brit Awards Show was widely criticised as it failed to include any black or ethnic minority artists in the main prize categories which led to #BritsSoWhite going viral. Following the public uproar, organisers admitted they needed to make changes to the way the nominations were chosen and so unveiled a new Voting Academy, one that would ensure that the show better demonstrated the diversity of the UK's music scene.

Record Numbers Of Students Are Getting Top Degrees - But Employers Think It's Irrelevant

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Record numbers of students are now leaving university with top degrees, with almost one in four graduates (24%) achieving a first. Nearly three quar...

Why Cognitive Diversity Needs To Be Accepted In Our Culture

Antony Mayfield | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Antony Mayfield

Cognitive diversity means valuing ways of thinking outside of an apparent normal. It means supporting and keeping people through periods of illness, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because a homogenous workforce creates a vulnerable culture and set of capabilities. To promote cognitive diversity, leaders should consider the following:

Where Are The 'Inbetweener' Models?

Rachel Steeden | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Style
Rachel Steeden

The past couple of years the plus size models have been taking the fashion industry by storm 'empowering women' and encouraging women to love and accept their imperfections, the cellulite... the back fat.

Diversity In The Arts: Why Numbers Count

Tonya Nelson | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK
Tonya Nelson

The fact that the only candidate rejected for the Channel 4 board was a black woman (the other four candidates were white men) has sparked outrage acr...

Potential Closure Of Diversity Charity Creative Access Spells Crisis In The Media

Iram Sarwar | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Iram Sarwar

For people getting into the industry like me the potential loss of a charity like Creative Access feels like a step backwards. I shouldn't have had to go through CA in the first place - but they have addressed a problem that in an ideal world shouldn't exist. The sad fact is that someone from a BAME background is less likely to be hired and if we continue on this path then we are in danger of having a media for the masses that is run only by the elite.

Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message: '2016 Could Be A Wake-Up Call That Brings Us Back Together'

Brendan Cox | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Politics
Brendan Cox

This Christmas our family will be remembering Jo in every moment, her energy, her enthusiasm, her love and her example. After all that's happened this year, she would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together. To reach out to somebody that might disagree with us. Now is not a moment to shout louder into our echo chambers. It's a moment to reach out.

While We Celebrate Diversity Our Country Is Becoming Ever More Segregated

Jon Yates | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Jon Yates

The researchers found that White Britons are least likely of all to socialise with other ethnic groups. Black Britons socialise with other Black Britons nearly eight times as much as the researchers would expect, while Asian Britons socialise with other Asian Britons more than five times as much as the researchers would expect. Worryingly, Britons of all ethnicities are socialising less with people from other ethnicities than in the past.