SEPnet Diversity Webinar: Nurturing community and belonging

The University of Kent will be hosting the SEPnet Diversity Webinar Nurturing community & belonging – particularly during Covid-19 on Wednesday 2 December 2020, 10.00 – 13.00

Building an inclusive community within universities where students and staff feel heard and supported is more important than ever in the current climate. Universities need to consider the impact of remote working and studying as well as dealing with future uncertainty for different groups including, for example, 1st generation students, those from different BAME backgrounds and those with physical and mental health issues.

Early career researchers can be forgotten and feel a lack of empowerment and anxiety about their future.  Understanding how different groups engage with their working and learning environment is key to helping them feel a sense of belonging and enabling them to achieve their potential.

This annual workshop will explore how we can engage students and support early career researchers through specific interventions aimed at addressing these challenges. This event is aimed at all STEM staff, PGRs and student representatives and those responsible for diversity and inclusion including Project Juno and diversity champions, Athena SWAN representatives, HR managers and academics.

The workshop will be chaired by Professor Nigel Mason, Head of School of Physical Sciences at University of Kent and is FREE to attend.  Places are limited.  Please register for a place  on the Eventbrite website on a first come, first served basis.  Please circulate to your relevant colleagues.

Joining instructions and a link to join the webinar will be sent nearer the time.


10.00  Chair’s Introduction – Professor, Nigel Mason, Head of School and E&D Committee

10.15  The effect of online/remote learning on widening participating students

Amy Low, Service Delivery Director, AbilityNet

10.40  Understanding attainment differentials at a London-based university: student engagement through a mixed-method lens

Dr Diego Bunge, Independent Researcher and Dr Daniel Hartley, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

11.05  Early Career Researcher Mental Health in Academia

Dr Zoë Ayres, Research Scientist and Mental Health Advocate

11.30  Panel discussion

11.50  Break

12.05  Breakout group discussions

12.35  Summary and questions

13.00  Close of proceedings