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We are pleased to offer places on this newly updated D&I online learning programme to all colleagues across the University- RISE@University of Reading.

The RISE programme will support you so that you are:

Ready for an

Inclusive and


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.

Colleagues who took part in the programme during 2020 were very positive about its benefits:

Nozomi Tolworthy (Diversity and Inclusion Advisor)

“As a new starter, being able to meet and discuss topics beyond 'small talk' with other staff across UoR that's directly relevant to my role and understanding the cultures that exist within different schools and functions was very useful.”

Gemma Fitz (Admissions Officer)

“Understanding diversity and inclusion in the context of psychological studies was very interesting and helped to identify ways to improve D&I within my team. Understanding the broader definition of inclusivity was useful too when setting goals and discovering where D&I can be improved in our work.”

Ellen McManus-Fry (Prospect Research Officer)

“One of the things I found most useful about the RISE@UoR programme was thinking about diversity and inclusion more broadly and considering the type of environment required to allow colleagues to feel heard and valued.”

Eileen Hyder (Academic Developer)

“I really enjoyed working with people from other contexts within the university. It really broadened my understanding of the types of diversity and inclusion work that is taking place.”


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 you will have the skills to:

  • Embrace inclusivity by confidently role modelling University behaviours and values
  • 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

The online programme consists of:

  • Programme Launch Event
  • 3 whole group workshops
  • 3 collaborative sessions in smaller groups
  • 12 short, online modules (approx. 30 minutes each)- completed independently between group activities
  • Supporting activities for individual and group learning
  • Closing Event

We are now opening applications for the next cohort.

Please note: This programme  does require some degree of time commitment. Across the 18 weeks, we estimate this commitment to be about 1.5 hours per week on average. You must be able to attend all of the dates for your chosen cohort in full.


Cohort 1 Dates


Delivery Method

Programme Launch Event

Tuesday 29th June

10:00 – 12:00

TPI Facilitated

Workshop 1

Thursday 8th July

10:00 – 12:00

TPI Facilitated

Collaborative Session 1

Thursday 29th July

90-minute session.

Time is dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

PD Facilitated

Workshop 2

Wednesday 8th September

10:00 – 12:00

PD Facilitated

Workshop 3

Tuesday 21st September

10:00 – 12:00

TPI Facilitated

Collaborative Session 2

Wednesday 5th October

90-minute session.

Time is dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

PD Facilitated

Collaborative Session 3

Thursday 21st October

90-minute session.

Time is dependent on the learning set you are allocated to.

PD Facilitated via MS Teams

Closing Event

Tuesday 2nd November

14:00 – 16:00

TPI Facilitated via Zoom

How to apply

Please email People Development to book your place on this programme by close of play Friday 11th June.

Please contact Lisa or Steph in People Development if you have any further questions about this programme: Lisa Costello:; Steph Hayward:

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