#Diversity

How Do We Make Britain's Boardrooms More Diverse?

Sandra Kerr | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

Put simply, the boardrooms of Britain's biggest businesses don't reflect the society they're operating in. And, as the BAME population - and their spending power - increases and organisations are increasingly asked about the make-up of their workforces by clients and contractors, this lack of diversity could potentially have huge impacts on their profits.

Want to Increase Diversity in the Arts? Get Local

Natalie Wade | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Natalie Wade

We can argue the reasons for this situation until the proverbial cows come home. But what is indisputable is the transformative impact that art and culture has on these young people's lives.

What's All This 'Women in the Workplace' Stuff About Anyway?

Helena Eccles | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

I was speaking at the 30% Club from "Schoolroom to Boardroom" seminar: an afternoon where new initiatives which target young women, at school, university and early careers, were being launched. Needless to say, I was a small fish in a very big pond. Or, to continue the rowing analogy, a novice in a Blues boat.

The UK's Most Diverse Organisations - And What You Can Learn From Them

Sandra Kerr | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

We know what works. We now need more organisations from every sector to use this knowledge and take action to close gender and BAME employment gaps that have no place in our 21st century workforce. The Benchmark reiterates just what employers need to do to ensure they are fit for a diverse future.

Band Aid 30: Lost Cause?!

Edward Adoo | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Okay so I am fully aware Sir Bob Geldof is doing a good cause helping to raise funds for Ebola with Band Aid 30 - 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. He has roped in some of the biggest names in pop music.

TV Must Do More To Reflect Our Diverse Society

Fraser Ayres | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Fraser Ayres

The diversity issue is everywhere of late and I don't think it's unfair to say that there is a 'Diversity Zeitgeist' in the UK. Most people in the TV and film industry are acknowledging that the time has come for our screens to reflect our current society a little more closely.

A Different Middle East

Miriam Brown | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

Out of the 300 million odd people living in the region, I understand my small sample of friends cannot be taken as a final representation of the Middle East. Nor do I want to gloss over the fact that thousands have been killed and millions have been made homeless. This we cannot forget and maybe, quite rightly, the media aren't letting us.

On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

John Wight | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of values instead reminds us of a history of conflict that is contested over the question of whether it should be considered a source of pride or shame...

Andrew Lawrence's Dangerous Ideas About Comedy Need to Be Challenged

Dana Alexander | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Dana Alexander

The last time a nation embraced these kind of ideas, six million Jews ended up dead. The left wing "witch hunt" as Andrew calls it is not about infringing upon the rights of some whining, entitled, right wing, heterosexual, middle class white guy who has enjoyed many a success at the BBC. This is about challenging dangerous ideas.

Ten Worst LGBT Insults at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Work is something that is a fact of life for most of us. Just like being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is too. But when those two intersect it is not always simple - nor easy...

Gay, Straight, Christian, Jew - Why Simple Labels No Longer Work

Neil Gibb | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Gibb

Pope Francis is a man on a mission. Everything from the choice of his name (referencing St Francis of Assisi) to his shunning of material comforts suggest he is out to take the church back to its core values of tolerance, inclusion and compassion.

Our OUTstanding Business Leaders Prove the Power of Authenticity

Suki Sandhu | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Suki Sandhu

Welcoming the first ever 'out' CEO of a FTSE 100 company isn't the only major change since last year; our 'Top 100' is twice as long and includes three times as many transgender business leaders.

How Positive Action at LSE Got Lost Under a Pile of Leaflets

Natasha Valladares | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Valladares

It's not wrong that the disgusting behaviour of the Rugby Club is under scrutiny, but it is wrong that positive action by the university on outreach and funding for students in need of support is apparently not worth mention - especially when it's the sort of information some students need in order to feel able to go into further study.

Ethnic Minority Football Managers: How Can We Create More Diverse Dugouts?

Sandra Kerr | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Sport
Sandra Kerr

I'd like to welcome the proposed review. By acknowledging the problem and starting the conversation about how to address it, the Football League has taken a huge step forward. However, I am concerned that the Rooney Rule is being seen as a 'magic bullet' that will guarantee an immediate influx of BAME managerial talent....

Downton Abbey and the Rise of Ukip: Soft Nationalism and the Politics of Nostalgia

Malory Nye | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Malory Nye

I must confess that I am a fan of Downton Abbey. But I am worried about the programme, seriously worried. We should not underestimate what a successful TV show can do. Downton Abbey is, in fact, a form of soft nationalist porn that can probably be blamed for the rise of Ukip.

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

Put On Your Ray-Bans and Stitch Your Patchwork Quilt Models

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Wonderwoman, Princess Diana, Madonna. They provided inspiration, ideas, visions from which to pluck, mould and reshape, to create my own look, my own aura, my own presentation of myself to the world.

Yes or No, I'm Staying British

Indra Adnan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Whichever way it goes, I will be challenging myself to remain steady in an idea of global Britishness. I won't be accepting the Scottish nationalists' invitation to think of myself as reduced and obliged to come to terms with my Englishness, but will be working to enhance strong, ongoing narratives about a Britain that embraces and integrates.

Why It's Time for Business to Talk About Britain's BAME Youth

Sandra Kerr | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

Businesses can inspire and inform the future workforce, as well as increase the scope of their ambitions and create recruitment pathways that don't leave them stuck on the first rung. We know this won't be quick or easy. But as things stand, there is a lack of genuine equal opportunity for British BAME employees of the future. There is no point continuing to ignore what may seem to be an uncomfortable conversation around race. Let's all get over that and start talking. Business and government need to take note and act now.

How Understanding Social Disadvantage Is Crucial to Increasing Diversity in TV

Bob Clarke | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Clarke

This is the common story for many potential new entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds trying to get their first Runner position in TV. The most junior role in the production department often means doing errands, fetching coffees and lunches, and occasionally driving between studios and filming locations. Still, both work experience and a driving license are a prerequisite.

Students Demand University Take Action To Increase Offers To BME Applicants

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students are demanding more should be done to increase the number of offers given to prospective BME students at university. A recent graduate fro...

Hard to Come Out as Gay at Work? Imagine You're the CEO

Ian Johnson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Being able to be open with colleagues about sexual orientation and gender identity is one of the challenges in the modern workplace. Research show...

Fortune 500 Company CEO: Homophobic Workers 'Need to Go'

Ian Johnson | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

No CEO of a Fortune 500 company has yet come out whilst the head of their company. Some current Fortune 500 company CEOs are reported to be gay, but none openly so.

The Diversity Disconnect: It's Time to Stop Being Humble

Melanie Eusebe | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Melanie Eusebe

After finishing the judging day for the black British Awards back in early July, I found myself thinking 'what's happening here'?

Equality? Diversity? What's the Reality?

James Christie | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
James Christie

It's often the smaller nuggets of news that make it onto the blogger's beat. I'd wondered why the spectre of Scottish independence was making me sick,...