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Professor Dianne Berry to chair REF 2021 equality and diversity panel

Professor Dianne Berry OBE has been appointed to be chair of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP), leading efforts to develop and implement measure to promote equality and diversity in the next REF. Dianne is currently our Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, has previously been our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, and chaired the EDAP for the last REF in 2014.

Read our article on the staff portal for more details.


Engaging Everyone Conference: launching the Curriculum Framework

More than 100 staff and students gathered in the Meadow Suite on Wednesday 25 January for the launch of the University of Reading Curriculum Framework and a day of thought-provoking presentations, discussions, and workshops on diversity and inclusion. 

Read our article on the staff portal for more details.


"Breaking Down Barriers" wins CIOB award

Breaking Down Barriers, a multidisciplinary project involving the School of Built Environment, the Henley Business School and the School of Arts and Communication Design, has received the Highly Commended Award for Innovation in Education and Training awarded by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Read our article on the staff portal for more details.


University achieves highest-ever Stonewall ranking

The University of Reading has achieved its highest-ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017.

In rankings announced on 19 January, we were placed 168 out of the 440 institutions that applied to be considered for the index. This is a major improvement on our position in 2016, when the University was ranked 204 out of 415 institutions.

Read our article on the staff portal for more details.

Upcoming events

October 2017  Black History Month Events

Wednesday 25 October


Minghella Studios

University of Reading

 Flyer for event featuring Alice Mpofu-Coles

We are proud to present this 'in conversation' style event with University of Reading Alumna Alice Mpofu-Coles as part of the University's events to celebrate Black History Month.
Alice is a former Zimbabwean diplomat, was herself a refugee, is a former Chairwoman of the Reading Refugee Support Group and has been honoured for her work to improve perceptions of refugees through projects, talks and writing.

Admission is free but places are limited so booking is essential.
For more information and to book a place please visit

Thursday 26th October

13:00 - 14:00

Meadow Suite

University of Reading

  Hand holding up placard

Termly Diversity Seminar: Dr Jason Arday, University of East London

Understanding and Disrupting the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Higher Education

Dr Jason Arday is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, School of Education, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and Co-Chair of the Runnymede Academic Forum. Jason's research focuses on Race, Education and Social Justice. He has written and edited a number of reports and books on Race in Higher Education and will draw on these during this seminar.

Book a place (not essential) through Employee Self Service if you're a member of staff, or by emailing Ann Morgan (

November 2017


Tuesday 28th November


Minghella Studios,

University of Reading

 Finger pointing at the word Inferior


"Science Got Women Wrong"  Talk by Angela Saini

We hope that science is free from bias and prejudice, but its record of research on women proves that this isn't always true. In her new book,  Inferior Angela Saini interrogates what we think we know about women and why so much of it is wrong. She also explores new research that is attempting to paint a more accurate, and more empowering, portrait of women.


For further details please contact


Diversity diary

October 2017


Sunday 1st - Tuesday 3rd

National Day (China)
Thursday 5th - Wednesday 11th Sukkot  - Feast of Tabernacles (Jewish Religious Holidays)
Thursday 12th

Shmini Atzeret - 8th Day of Assembly (Jewish Religious Holidays)

Friday 13th Simchat Torah - Day of Celebrating the Torah (Jewish Religious Holidays)
Thursday 19th Diwali/Deepavali - Hindu festival of lights

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