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3 November 2016, 10:30am to 4 November 2016, 4:00pm
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It is unlawful to discriminate against employees because of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin. And yet a recent report by Business in the Community revealed that: “in the UK today, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are under-represented at every management level in the workplace. One in eight of the working-age population is from a BAME background, yet only one in ten are in the workplace and only one in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.”

Why is this the case and what must be done to address the imbalance? With three major Parliamentary reviews into racial inequalities in education and the work place announced by the Government since the start of 2016 there is a drive to address these issues in the political sphere, but with legislation already in place making discrimination unlawful, more must be done to turn policy into practice.  

Drawing on the latest research from the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, this two day conference will explore the root causes of the under-representation of ethnic minorities in the workplace and consider practical solutions going forward. In doing so it will look at: historic and regional trends in ethnic employment; the effect of gender; access to education; HR practices necessary to tackle the psychology of discrimination; and policy recommendations to encourage change within all companies.    


Zamila Bunglawala, Deputy Director: Strategy and Insight - Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office;

Richard Iferenta, Partner, Financial Services, KPMG

Dr Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Professor Pauline Leonard, Head of Department, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Southampton

Dr Anne McBride, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, Alliance Manchester Business School

Nona McDuff, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University

Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE, CEO, Mitie

Marley Morris, Research Fellow, IPPR

Professor James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester

Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer

Dr Wilson Wong, Head of Insight & Futures, CIPD


Standard Residential Delegate: £205

Accommodation in a single occupancy room at Cumberland Lodge for the night of Thursday 3 November and all meals for the duration of the conference

Student Residential Delegate: £85

Accommodation in a shared occupancy room at Cumberland Lodge for the night of Thursday 3 November and all meals for the duration of the conference

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Student bursaries

To ensure that no studient is prevented from attending a conference relevant to their studies due to financial circumstances, the Trustees of Cumberland Lodge are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of student bursaries for Programme Department events. Each bursary covers attendance at the conference, accommodation in a shared-occupancy bedroom and all meals for the duration of the event. Please note that travel costs are not covered. Applications are considered on receipt, and applicants should hear within two weeks of submission. 

To apply for a bursary to attend "Ethnic Inequalities at Work: Policy and Institutional Responses", please click here for the application form

This event is run in partnership with the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

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