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Events & Updates

The Equality and Diversity Unit works with colleagues across the University of Wolverhampton, as well as friends in other institutions and the local community, to organise public events that highlight the diverse experiences of people within Britain and across the world. Please see below for our forthcoming events: 

To celebrate Black History Month in October the University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Black History Month Group invited children and young people of all backgrounds to create their version of a Black British superhero either by picture or by text. Whichever is your creative preference! Due to popular demand we are now opening the competition to entries from people of all ages. 

Selected submissions will be displayed at the Wolverhampton Black History Month Launch Event on the 29th September 2017 and other locations throughout October, and will also be displayed in the Wolverhampton Black History Month brochure and other publicity.

All entrants will also be invited into the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts for an introductory workshop in animation, illustration or creative writing. There are also a selection of prizes to be awarded to participants who attend the Black History Month Launch Event, University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Arts Workshop or other special events!

We would greatly appreciate if everyone could encourage any young people they know or work with to consider submitting an entry into the competition. 

Participants have a choice of the following entry formats:

  • Write a description and biography of their new superhero(s)
  • Draw a portrait image of their superhero(s) with supplementary text describing their personality and powers 
  • Draw a comics story that showcases their superhero in action

Entries must be posted to Julie Capewell, University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Arts, MK Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT by Monday 12th September 2017. 

All entries must be accompanied by a Black British Superhero Challenge Entry Form (Word doc 35k). The entry form also outlines all other rules participants must abide by.

If you have any questions please email Chijioke Obasi, Faculty of Arts Principal Lecturer in Equality and Diversity, on chijioke.obasi@wlv.ac.uk or Will Cooling, Equality and Diversity Special Projects and Policy Manager, on w.cooling@wlv.ac.uk.  

The University has three Staff Networks; Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Disabled Staff Network, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Staff Network. Every term these Staff Networks These meetings will allow for discussions on common challenges whilst also reserving time for each Staff Network to breakout into a meeting of just their members where they can discuss the issues particularly relevant to them.

All meetings take place between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, with lunch provided to all attendees. 

The details of each meeting are as follows:

Autumn Term 

  • Monday 11th September 2017 in Telford City Campus 
  • Tuesday 12th September 2017 in Walsall City Campus 
  • Wednesday 13th September 2017 in Wolverhampton City Campus

Winter Term  

  • Tuesday 9th January 2018 in Wolverhampton City Campus

Spring Term 

  • Tuesday 17th April 2018 in Walsall City Campus 
  • Wednesday 18th April 2018 in Wolverhampton City Campus 
  • Thursday 19th April 2018 in Telford City Campus

We hope you will take the time to attend this Staff Network Meeting. It is your chance to meet other members of the Staff Networks, guide the future direction of your Staff Networks, shape the policies of the University, and seek support with any relevant challenges you've been facing. Please note, that if you only wish to attend part of the meeting, that is perfectly okay! 

The Staff Networks are a valued part of the University, with each Staff Network Chair meeting the Vice-Chancellor on a termly basis to discuss the issues affecting their members. University policy says that line-managers should allow their staff members to attend Staff Network Meetings during work time. If you encounter any problems with attending please let the Equality and Diversity Unit know by emailing equality@wlv.ac.uk. 

You do not need to reserve your place at either Staff Network meeting but it is helpful if people provide us with advanced notice so we know numbers when ordering catering so please email equality@wlv.ac.uk to confirm that you will be in attendance and if you have any dietary requirements. 

 

The Equality and Diversity Unit, in conjunction with the Staff Networks and the Athena Swan Project Team, will be hosting the following one-day conferences:

  • Black History Month Conference on Thursday 19th October 2017
  • Disability History Month Conference on Wednesday 15th November 2017
  • LGBT History Month Conference on Tuesday 6th February 2018
  • International Women’s Month Conference on Thursday 8th March 2018
  • Asian Heritage Month Conference on Wednesday 2nd May 2018

These conferences will all run from 10am to 4pm, and contain a mixture of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops and relevant updates from University Senior Management. They are open to students, staff, colleagues in other institutions, and the general public.  More details will follow shortly but please save the dates of any events you’re interested in attending. 

Get Involved

We want staff and students to be at the heart of these events. You don’t need to be an academic or manager to get involved – we welcome contributions from all members of our university community.  Please consider the following ways to get involved:

Lead a Seminar  

We want these conferences to reflect the wider work of the University. We would therefore encourage staff and students to volunteer to deliver a thirty-minute seminar that is relevant to one of the conferences’ themes. This can be about research that you’re doing as a student or academic, an initiative that you’re working on within the University or something about your personal experiences.

Be a Panellist

All conferences will include staff and student panels where people talk about their experiences at the University of Wolverhampton, and take questions from participants.

Recommend an External Speaker, Seminar Leader or Topic

All these conferences will be a mixture of external and internal presenters. If you know of anybody who you think would be a great speaker or seminar leader then please let us know. Likewise if there’s a topic you’re particularly interested in being covered, please let us know, even if you don’t know who could talk to it. 

Encourage People To Attend 

Staff, Students and members of the general public are all welcome to attend. Please encourage anyone you know who you think would be interested in attending, to do so. 

The Arena Theatre is hosting the lauch event of Wolverhampton Black History Month on Friday 29th September, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. The night will begin with a free hot buffet of African and Carribbean food whilst attendees can socialise, listen to music, and visit exhibitions related to Black History Month.  Then from 7pm there will be a series of talks and performances that celebrate Black History. 

We are looking for staff and students to support the event on the day. This would involve playing a variety of roles such as helping to dress the venue before the event, signposting attendees around campus, stewarding activities, and providing information to attendees about the University. We are also looking for any staff and students who can provide performances or talks that are relevant to African-Caribbean cultures or histories.

In addition, even if you do not wish to work or volunteer for either event, we would urge you to save the date, and attend in a personal capacity.  

The University of Wolverhampton is working with the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Homes to organise what is hoped will be the biggest ever Wolves Pride event on Saturday, September 30. 

It will take place from noon to 9pm on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter’s car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton’s Ambika Paul building.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “As the ‘University of Opportunity’ we are always keen to work with our partners and neighbours for the betterment of the local community.  We believe that by supporting Wolves Pride we can ensure that everyone enjoys a fun event, which also affirms the importance that the City and the University places on LGBT Equality.  We are especially pleased that this event will fall within our Welcome to Wolves induction programme, and so it will be a unique opportunity to bring together students from across our campuses to celebrate the diversity of our community.” 

The final event programme is being developed and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are free if you book in advance and £2 on the day. To find out more visit skiddle.com/e/13027620.

For more information please see the official Press Release

The University of Wolverhampton's Policy Statements on Sexual Orientation Equality and Gender Identity Equality asks non-LGBT staff members and students to proactively support the cause of LGBT equality, and to push themselves to better understand the unique challenges facing LGBT people.       

As part of this we would like to encourage staff members to become a LGBT Ally by taking a photo or video of themselves expressing their support for LGBT Equality, and then send it to the Equality and Diversity Unit by email (equality@wlv.ac.uk) or by sharing it with us on Twitter (@wlvuniequality). If you share it on Twitter please include the hastag #WolvesUniSupportsLGBTEquality

In particular we would be very keen for departments to follow the example of Human Resources in doing this as a team. See below for Human Resources standing with the University's LGBT Equality, Trans Pride and Bi-Pride Flags.   

HR embrace LGBT Equality

If you or your team would like to become an Ally, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit at equality@wlv.ac.uk, if you have any questions or require support.