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RISE: supporting diversity at Reading

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We are pleased to offer a new learning programme to all staff across the University- RISE@University of Reading.

The RISE@TM programme will support you so that you are Ready for an Inclusive and Supportive Environment at the University of Reading. 

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is intrinsically about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. To reap the benefits of a diverse workforce, it is vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate.

This programme has been jointly developed by People Development, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr Allan Laville and The Pacific Institute.

The Pacific Institute is a global consultancy specialising in creating mind sets for high performance. Working together with them, we have designed a customised programme grounded in psychological theory and research, supported by practical and accessible exercises, placing the individual at the centre of learning.

A few colleagues have taken part in a pilot version of the programme and found it really helpful. Lina Johansson, HR Administrator, said:

“RISE@ helped me look at Diversity and Inclusion in a much broader sense and made me realise that sometimes exclusion is more about our own need to feel included rather than a need for keeping other people out. I would recommend RISE@ for helping you look at Diversity and Inclusion from a different perspective.”

Halima Mahmudova, HR Administrator, said:

“The training is designed for everyone, really interesting and engaging. I really enjoyed the style and content and that the information can be used in every aspect of life, not only at work. Having a diverse collaboration group helped us to discuss the topics from different viewpoints.”

Programme Aims

The RISE@ programme is open to all colleagues across the University that are interested in building and promoting a diverse and inclusive culture at the University of Reading. Participants will first focus on themselves as individuals, and then on the wider organisation. By the end of the programme participants will have the skills to:


  • Embrace inclusivity by confidently role modelling University behaviours and values, including the 3Rs
  • Actively address and promote a diverse workforce
  • Develop and achieve their full potential
  • Foster, create and develop effective networks
  • Set clear, practical goals, both personal and career


Programme Structure

Two cohorts of 30 will be run this year. We’re currently accepting applications to the first cohort – you must be able to attend all of the dates outlined below (all on Whiteknights Campus):





Programme Launch Event

28 April 2020

13:30 – 15:30

Workshop 1

11 May 2020

13:30 – 16:30

Collaborative Session 1

3 or 4 June 2020

Dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

Collaborative Session 2

29 or 30 June 2020

Dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

Workshop 2

24 July 2020

09:00 – 12:00

Collaborative Session 3

10 or 11 August 2020

Dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

Collaborative Session 4

7 or 8 September 2020

Dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

Closing Event

24 September 2020

09:30 – 11:30

There will also be short, online modules to complete between each of the activity dates above. The collaboration group sessions are 2 hours long and the specific date and time will depend on the group you are allocated.

How to apply

To apply, please click the link to complete the short application form.

Please note: you must discuss and agree your application with your line manager before submitting your form, as they will be asked to confirm your request to attend this programme.

All applications must be submitted by close of play Friday 27 March 2020.

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa Costello or Steph Hayward

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