UK Diversity

Isn't It Time The Rainbow Ceiling Was On Your Board's Agenda?

Mark Gossington | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Mark Gossington

Few CEOs and senior executives will be unaware of the various initiatives and targets to increase diversity at board level and senior management. Early this year the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills1 announced a new independent review on increasing the representation of women in corporate leadership positions. Similarly, there is an increased awareness of the need to address ethnicity in leadership roles. Whilst ethnic minority board members lag behind their female counterparts, efforts are being made by many companies to redress the white, male bias.

Come To The Front

Ros Taylor | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Ros Taylor

I was speaking at a Women's Summit in Cambridge last week and before my contribution I decided to sit in the audience to listen to the morning's proce...

We Just Had The Most Diverse Fashion Weeks In 'Recent History'

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Style

The Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks were some of the most racially diverse in history, according to The Fashion Spot. The bi-annual Diversity Report exami...

Ashley Banjo Lands Two Huge New ITV Roles

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

Diversity’s Ashley Banjo has landed two new roles on ITV. First off, the dance troupe leader is reportedly set to be a judge on the channel’s new ...

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

Discover 10 New Authors of Colour

Ann Girdharry | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ann Girdharry

I reviewed this book over on Goodreads and, wow, was I impressed. Smita's writing style is wonderful. I hunted her down to ask if she would kick off this 'Discover...' series for me and was delighted when she agreed. Read on to find out more.

Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be Offended

Simon Sapper | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

I think you can't and shouldn't vaccinate or insulate yourself against being offended. But in these highly insecure times, you can't be surprised if people try. Safe spaces are surely a symptom more than anything else.

Why I'm Back At The British LGBT Awards

Marjorie Strachan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marjorie Strachan

Big organisations can play a role - we can role model inclusive behaviours and sound business practices and encourages others to do the same. That's why The British LGBT Awards are a great way of drawing attention to those that do this well and encourage improvements where they're required.

The Search Is On For More Black And Asian People To Feature On Blue Plaques

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

Less than 4% of hundreds of commemorative blue plaques in London are dedicated to Black and Asian figures from history - but English Heritage is now d...

Rio Paralympics 2016. Are People With Disabilities Superhuman Or Simply Human?

Luca Badetti | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Sport
Luca Badetti

As the Rio 2016 Paralympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, international attention of varying degree is being given to this second round of Olympic sport galore, involving persons who have disabilities.

Adverts Replaced By Stunning Photo Exhibition To Reflect Diversity Of British Public

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Adverts in shopping centres, train stations and high streets have been replaced by photographs featuring members of the British public to reflect the ...

Let's Stop Our Drama Schools Playing Lip Service When It Comes To Diversity

Sanjay Lago | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sanjay Lago

It is amazing to see the large contribution made by the many creative voices within the sector, that are continuing to work and make the creative world a colourful place. But this isn't just the people that are on our screens and stages making the noise for diversity. It is also the people in education who want to make change, the new generation of graduated talent or soon to be graduated talent.

Marketing Should Promote A New Masculinity

Uri Baruchin | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Uri Baruchin

Traditional masculinity is driven by the patriarchal authority over women. Consequently, it constructs a toxic masculine ideal that is an inversion of even more oppressive feminine ideals. For example, it oppresses men by telling them they are too flabby and can never be tough enough.

Cancer Charity To Update Campaign Starring White YouTubers After ‘Lack Of Diversity’ Complaints

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Stand Up To Cancer has updated its latest campaign after it was criticised heavily on social media for including only white people. The #StandUpWithYT...

Dear Readers - Have You Been White-Washed?

Ann Girdharry | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK
Ann Girdharry

I think it's about time the mainstream bookshelves reflected the mix and diversity that actually exists in society. I think it's time that diverse characters, with racially diverse backgrounds and parentage and histories, finally found their way onto our contemporary bookshelves in the 'main' sections.

Beyond Binaries: The Impact Of Changing Gender Identity For Brands

Rebekah Mackay Miller | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
Rebekah Mackay Miller

Significant numbers of Gen Z no longer define themselves primarily by gender. They use gender-neutral pronouns, reject the idea of gender binaries in stores and explore fluidity in sexual orientation far more so than the Millennial generation above them. As Gen Z (and their spending power) matures, brands will have to respond if they want to keep this new market engaged.

The Million Dollar Question: Why do Talented Women Leave Their Jobs?

Astrid van Waveren | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Astrid van Waveren

If a man and a woman, both aged thirty, quit their jobs, the stock assumption remains: The man leaves for a greater challenge, or a higher salary. The woman leaves because she wants to start a family.

Vogue Cover Star Reveals The Dark Side Of The Modelling Industry

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Style

A former model has shared her story of shooting to fashion fame as a young teenager, exposing the worrying effects of the industry on young girls. Kay...

Designing, Not Drowning

Karen Dobres | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Style
Karen Dobres

n its 100-year history the fashionista's bible has never featured a brand aimed at the post-surgery market until now. Describing the range as "stunning" and saying it "can be worn by all women who desire figure-enhancing swimwear," Vogue included the "Dive Collection" in the "Making Waves" edit in their celebratory 100 years edition, massively boosting diversity in the fashion industry at the same time.

In an Age of Uncertainty, Uniting Communities Should Be Our Priority

Sam Williams | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Williams

The historic vote to leave the EU has still not properly sunk in for many communities across the UK. Indeed, the jury is still out as to what the impact of the vote - and of course the long-winded process of actually leaving the EU - will be on people's lives. Uncertainty over the future economic stability of the UK, and by extension society as a whole, has arguably never been more acute.

Snapchat Removes Filter That Promoted Racist Stereotype Of Asians

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech

Snapchat has removed a filter that turned selfies into Asian caricatures after it was accused of promoting a racist stereotype. Appalled users turned ...

Chrissy Teigen Slams Miss Teen USA Beauty Pageant For Lack Of Diversity

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Queen of Twitter Chrissy Teigen stole our hearts long ago for her frank accounts of parenting on social media. But now we adore the model even more af...

Meet Elle Magazine's First Transgender Cover Star

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Style

Elle magazine have made history with their upcoming September issue, featuring a transgender woman on its cover for the first time. The woman in quest...

The Power of Words

Chris Dreyfus-Gibson | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Dreyfus-Gibson

Words are powerful! I love language and am a self-confessed punctuation vigilante. As humans we are fortunate to be able to convey meaning, emotion, or subtlety through the words we choose and the way in which we say or write them.

Has Progress Stalled for LGBT+ Inclusion in 2016?

Suki Sandhu | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

This time last year, during the nominations process for our third annual OUTstanding and FT Power Lists, there was a sense of progress and celebration...