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Inclusive Careers Conference

The University of Wolverhampton is delighted and proud to be offering our third Inclusive Careers Conference

The Inclusive Careers Conference 2021 has been designed, planned and organised to achieve the following objectives:

  • Equip students from diverse groups with knowledge of what employers are looking for in terms of employability and the range of prospects available to them within the graduate labour market
  • Enable learning from inspirational speakers who are experts in their field and enable the university to develop a network of contacts for employability.
  • Help local, national and international employers and equality & diversity support agencies to engage with our students through a medley of workshops and Questions and Answers sessions.

 This event is open to University of Wolverhampton students, graduates, staff and AGCAS members

Live captioning is available in every Inclusive Careers Conference zoom workshop.

If you a current student of the University of Wolverhampton and require a BSL interpreter for any of our events; then please contact the careers team via email, at least 5 working days before the date of the workshop you wish to attend.

Workshops & Events

Here is a list of workshops you can book, which will be running throughout the Inclusive Careers Conference.

Monday 11 January 2021

10:00 :   Opening welcome to all attendees from Dr Ada Adeghe,  Associate Dean for Inclusivity

10:10 :   Setting the Agenda, Will Cooling, Head of Equality and Diversity

10:20 :   Open discussion with selective employers and organisations on the innovative practices of Equality & Diversity in recruitment and employment


  • Will Cooling, Head of Equality and Diversity, University of Wolverhampton(Facilitator of panel)
  • Nabila Mallick, Senior Barrister  at No5 Chambers
  • Matthew Gordon, Managing Director of Spectra
  • Adam Turberfield, Capgemini Recruitment Marketing Lead
  • Kirsten Kinloch, NatWest Early Careers Talent Attraction Consultant
  • Andrew Young, BBC Diversity Lead Workforce



How can Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority graduates empower themselves in the fight to level the playing field in the labour market?

Time: 11:30 – 12:15

Event title: Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Careers Matter

Speaker: Matthew Gordon

Organisation: Spectra

In July 2020, The Simple Press reported within the article, ‘Britain’s BAME Employment problem’ that Black, Asian and minority ethnic graduates were still facing horrendous levels of discrimination at both the application and employment stages. The report also highlighted research undertaken by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College (University of Oxford); that on average BAME applicants sent 70-90% more applications than their white counterparts.

To help us understand and tackle these anomalies we have invited our former University of Wolverhampton graduate Matthew Gordon; who has spent an enormous amount of his time challenging this unfair and unjust situation. He will no doubt assure our learners that there are people working tirelessly to level the playing field.

Matthew’s impressive profile include strong links with business and government departments such as the Ministry of Justice; Department of Work and Pensions; Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; as well as Amazon, Metro Bank, ITV and The Guardian. He uses his influence to take a stand against social injustices.



Join Tab Ahmed who will provide you with practical tips, an understanding of the law and how to get any adjustments.

Time: 13:00 - 13:45

Event title: Levelling the Playing Fields – Your Rights and Adjustments

Speaker: Tab Ahmed

Organisation: EmployAbility

Tab Ahmad, Founder and CEO of EmployAbility, has been successfully supporting neurodiverse and disabled students to get the careers they deserve, for 18 years. In this session she will provide you with practical tips, and an understanding of the law, so that you can get the adjustments you need to compete on a level playing field.


Come and listen to Will Cooling who will empower you in the fight against this terrible social and economic injustice.

Time: 14:15 - 15:00

Event title: LGBT+ Inclusion in the Workplace

Speaker: Will Cooling, Head of Equality and Diversity

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton

Will Cooling works closely with other LGBT+ staff and LGBT+ students to promote LGBT Equality through engagement with local community events, running campaigns/events within the university, and ensuring the university's policies are inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people.

He has over twenty years’ of experience in LGBT+ activism, having advocated for LGBT inclusion in his secondary school; been an active member of a LGBT youth group; a Welfare Officer for a University LGBT+ Society; and an active member of NUS LGBT Campaigns. He has also organised LGBT+ Equality campaigns/projects at the University of Nottingham and University of Birmingham.


Explore with Anita and Ellie on how the Autism Spectrum Condition can impact at the application, interview and employment stages

Time: 15:30 – 16:15

Event title: Autism Spectrum Condition and Careers

Speakers: Anita Goldschmied and Ellie Horton

Organisations: University of Wolverhampton and EH Spectrum Mentoring

The National Autistic Society has identified a mere 15% of people on the spectrum to be in full time work. Autism can bring some very useful skills to the working environment such as focus, attention to detail, commitment and creativity. Attend this workshop and explore the Autism Spectrum Condition and how this can impact at the application, interview and employment stages. Anita Goldschmied 'a successful lecturer in Higher Education' takes you through her career journey full stop.


Tuesday 12 January 2021

Come along and listen to Rufsana‘s proposed strategies to overcome these gender barriers.

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 10:00-10:45

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton (Centre for International Development and Training)

Event title: Overcoming Gender Barriers: Strategies for Advancement in the Workplace

Speaker: Rufsana Begum Lecturer in International Development/Gender and Social Development Consultant

Women face challenges, stereotypes and stigmas that are roadblocks to their advancement. Understanding those dynamics is the first step towards a more equal and productive workplace. This session will raise awareness and explore some of these workplace challenges, and propose strategies to overcome gender barriers. The session emphasises the need to consider diversity and inclusion in relation to gender equality efforts; tackles institutional gender biases; and proposes strategies to empower participants in the workplace.  


Recognising early signs and dealing with this condition is imperative in your wellbeing as a student or a prospective employee.

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 11:30 – 12:15

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton

Event title: Recognising Mental Health and Accessing Support

Speaker: Philip Adeogun, Manager of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is a truly inclusive and diverse condition as it does not discriminate against any race, religion, disability, age, occupation, undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate. We only have to open up a newspaper or a social media portal to read about a famous or an infamous person citing mental health as the underlying reason for their involuntary and undesired actions. Recognising early signs and dealing with this insidious condition is absolutely vital in your wellbeing as a student or a prospective employee. One of our most important experts in this field will provide you with information, advice and strategies to deal with mental health.


This event will explore the characteristics of dyslexia and how dyslexia impacts individuals in the workplace

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 13:00 – 13:45

Organisation: British Dyslexia Association

Event title: Dyslexia and You

Speaker:  Donna Stevenson, Commercial Training and Development Executive

This event will explore the characteristics of dyslexia and how dyslexia impacts individuals in the workplace. It will outline strategies individuals can use to support themselves and offer employers advice to achieve a dyslexia friendly workplace. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What is dyslexia?
  • Some common characteristics and misconceptions.
  • How dyslexia impacts individuals.
  • The coping strategies individuals can adopt.
  • Recruitment and support in the workplace – what makes a dyslexia friendly working environment?


Come along and find out about the tier system, visas, work permits, application process and procedures.

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 14:15 – 15:00

Organisation: University Of Wolverhampton

Event title: Working in the UK: An international student’s perspective

Speakers: Mike Strong UKVI Compliance Manager and Kunal Swani Employer Liaison Manager

Are you an international student studying in the UK, in search of a graduate role or seeking work experience, volunteering or perhaps a work placement? Why not come along to the workshop and find out about visas, work permits, application processes and procedures from our specialist professionals working within the International team. Understanding the UK’s points based system will guide and support the work you can do and help with understanding the eligibility criteria for extending your visa and making the most of the opportunities available to you.


Regardless of how resilient or content we are, every one of us will go through something difficult including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 15:30 – 16:15

Organisation: Wolverhampton Healthy Minds

Event title: Coping with Change

Speaker: Rina Patel, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Regardless of how mentally healthy, resilient or content we are, every one of us will go through times when we need to cope with something difficult.  With the current challenging and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic everyone has been impacted by this new world we are living in. There has been an increase in the number of mental health cases as a result of coping with these uncertain times.  Mental health can be experienced through stress, depression, anxiety and many other forms. Early intervention can help manage the problem and prevent it from becoming a long term issue.   

Why not join Wolverhampton Healthy Mind's Therapist, who will go through the different coping mechanisms and strategies that are offered at Wolverhampton Healthy Minds with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that can help manage your mood in small manageable steps.


Wednesday 13 January 2021

Attend this workshop run by one of the best employers in the West Midlands and discover how you can prepare to be the best candidate

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 10:00 – 10:45

Organisation: Capgemini

Event title: What are employers looking for?

Speaker: Adam Turberfield Recruitment Marketing Lead I Graduate and Apprentice

In an ever competitive graduate labour market, it is becoming more and more difficult to secure opportunities without the formulae of good degrees, relevant experience, the hard and soft skills, values, aspirations and etiquette of the workplace. To put it bluntly there are around 70 graduates chasing one position. Attend this workshop run by one of the best employers in the West Midlands and discover how you can prepare and give yourself the best chance of being that one in 70 graduate!



Insight into how the biggest employer in Wolverhampton manages to recruit a workforce that reflects a tapestry of the local population

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 11:30 - 12:15

Organisation: The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Event title: Leading the way in Recruitment and Diversity

Speaker: Adam Race, Deputy Director of Workforce

As the largest employer in Wolverhampton and one of the biggest in the West Midlands, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust employs a workforce of over 10,000 strong spanning more than 350 different roles.

The Trust has very similar ‘widening participation’ values and targets as The University of Wolverhampton and prides itself in setting high Equality and Diversity standards by maintaining engagement with the local community and education providers such as ourselves. The trust has pledged a year upon year improvement in the career development and recruitment of staff from BAME background.

Come and engage with Adam Race who will no doubt give us a much better insight into how the Trust manages to recruit so many people that reflect a tapestry of the local population.



How does equality and diversity work within the recruitment process of a giant construction company?

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 13:00 – 13:45

Company: Lendlease

Event title: Building and Constructing an International and Diverse Workforce

Speakers: Rita Patel-Miller, Katie Evans

Lendlease is an international construction phenomena with an Australian heritage that innovates, designs, and concludes projects of public, social and cultural significance. The apex of the organisation’s profile includes the Sydney Opera House; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York; the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. British accolades include the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Elephant Park, Google HQ and the £1.5 Billion Birmingham Smithfield project.

The company has over 13,000 employees and over 50,000 sub-contractors across Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. There are graduate opportunities galore in construction & engineering management, commercial management, planning, design, engineering, consultancy, corporate functions and investment management.

We are privileged to be welcoming this international construction giant through Rita Patel-Miller and Katie Evans who will give us a fascinating overview of how this company simultaneously handles an infinite level of recruitment alongside equality and diversity.


How does an organisation ensure its inclusion and diversity practices are fit for purpose and representative of our rich cultural society?

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 14:15 – 15:00

Organisation: Collins Aerospace

Event title: Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity: Diversity drives Innovation, Inclusion Drives Success 


  • Laura Sharples, ACE Lead
  • Troy Grizzle, Nacelles Production Manager
  • Nic Sanderson, Programme Chief Engineer
  • Dharminder Thiara, Internal Suppliers Business Director
  • Craig Johnson, Culture & Engagement Focal
  • Halimatu Abubakar, Support Engineer

As a unit of the world renowned United Technologies, Collins Aerospace employs over 70,000 people across 30 countries who help to ‘design, create and deliver the most advanced and diverse range of aerospace and defence solutions on the market’.

The Wolverhampton engineering sector is fortunate to have an employer on its doorstep which has the capacity to attract and train the very best of our graduates. So how does a well-recognised organisation of this stature ensure that its Inclusion and Diversity practices are fit for purpose and representative of our rich cultural society?


Explore the career routes, challenges and recruitment process of becoming a successful Barrister

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 15:30 - 16:15

Organisation: No5 Chambers

Event title: Have you got what it takes to become a Barrister?

Speaker: Nabila Mallick, Senior Barrister

No5 Barristers' Chambers exists to provide the very best quality advice, advocacy and representation; and deliver it as part of an overall service that places the client at the heart of everything.

They aim to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to all individuals working within chambers, be they members of Chambers, pupils, mini-pupillage trainees and employees.

Come and engage with Nabila Mallick a senior Barrister at No5 Barristers' Chambers who is dedicated and passionate in representing clients in Employment Law Tribunals, in Public Law (which covers the entire breadth of challenges in Education, Immigration and Human Rights), Community Care (including children services) and Regulatory Law (which involves the representation of medical professionals).

Her specialist interest is in the representation of those with Mental Health Disabilities. At the beginning of 2020, she won Barrister of the Year and has been shortlisted by the Leicestershire Law Society for the same award.

She will discuss the challenges she faced entering a profession that consists of 90% public school and Oxbridge entrants; and is disproportionately male, (particularly at senior level). She will discuss how these structural obstacles can be overcome, how you enter and make a success of yourself in the most competitive occupation, the necessary attributes you need and the misconceptions you need to be aware of.

Ultimately, attend this talk to explore whether the Barrister occupation is for you.


Thursday 14 January 2021

The BBC’s Resourcing team is offering a diverse range of schemes to kick-start your career with a world class organisation

Date: Thursday 14th January 2021

Time: 10:00-10:45

Company: BBC

Event title: Kick-start your Career with the BBC

Speaker: David Longworth

Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, doctorate or in the process of changing your career direction, the BBC’s Resourcing team is offering a diverse range of schemes to kick-start your career with a world class organisation.

There are opportunities to obtain work experience, placements, graduate schemes, traineeships, apprenticeships and ultimately a rewarding career. Many of these schemes will be ‘open’ from January.

David Longworth’s workshop is not subject or faculty specific and everyone is welcome. A ‘helping hand’ or the moment to meet a BBC representative doesn’t occur very often so please register as soon as possible.


GSK has a challenging & inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better & live longer.

Date: Thursday 14th January 2021

Time: 11:30- 12:15 

Organisation: Glaxo Smith Kline

Event title: Be You at GSK 

Speaker: Joshua Carney, Early Talent Attraction Specialist

On every one of our programmes and roles, you will be tasked with meaningful projects that truly make a difference to GSK’s mission! 

They have a culture focus on the three pillars: Be You, Feel Good, Keep Growing – this ensures everyone can perform at their best at the company. This session will cover the culture and day-to-day life of GSK’s, Joshua Carney the Early Talent Attraction Specialist; who will go through careers and application advice and will answer any questions you might have. 


Come along and get advice on the application process from two graduates who will also share their experiences at NatWest.

Date: Thursday 14th January 2021

Time: 13:00 – 13:45 

Organisation: NatWest Group

Event title:  Meet the  NatWest Early Careers Recruitment Team

Speaker: Kirsten Kinloch, Early Careers Talent Attraction Consultant

NatWest Group, take their place in the world seriously, and believe they only succeed when their customers, their communities and the economies they are a part of succeed as well. This belief is at the root of their purpose: to champion potential; helping people, families and business to thrive.  

Your potential comes first. The Graduate and Intern programmes gives you structured and supported learning so you can build a career you’ll love. NatWest help their people to thrive by promising a fulfilling role, fair pay, excellent training and great leadership.  

Join NatWest as they will be sharing more about what life is like at NatWest Group as well as giving you hints and tips about the application process and what they are looking for. There will be an opportunity to hear from two graduates who will share their experience at NatWest. They will talk about their programme and take questions on how they succeeded.


Are you passionate about helping disadvantaged children and families?

Date: Thursday 14th January 2021


Organisation: Frontline

Event title: At the Frontline of Recruiting a Diverse Workforce of Social Workers

Speaker: Sade Edwards

If you’re passionate about helping disadvantaged children and families, then the Frontline 2 Year Social Work Scheme can offer you an extremely rewarding career. The programme is a mixture of 200 days of on-the-job training, 50 days of academic work, coaching from qualified professionals and a salary.

Sade Edwards will give you a much deeper insight into the programme, the application process, the experience, skills, personal qualities and values Frontline is seeking from you and the intellectual and emotional challenges ahead.


Friday 15 January 2021

Time: 10:00 – 10:45

Event title: What’s faith got to do with it? Religion, Belief and Employment

Speaker: Reverend Sarah Schofield Lead Chaplain

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton

How do faith and work intersect? 

Whether this is your own faith or the faith of your employer?           

If you have faith, especially one that impacts on your daily routine or ethical decisions; what do you need to bear in mind when looking for work?

Many jobs with a faith based employer e.g. church school, religious charity, place of worship etc are open to people of all faiths and none. What could you expect from your employer if you do not share their faith convictions? The conversation will be guided by the questions participants bring to the discussion and will be led by the university's Lead Chaplain Sarah Schofield.  


Time: 11:30 – 12:15

Event title: Modern Slavery and the Work Place  

Speaker: Debbie Huxton

Organisation: Transforming Communities Together

Modern Slavery is present in every major town and city.

We want to create communities and workplaces that are safe for all and where everyone can thrive and flourish.

To do this, we need to equip students, graduates and all employers with an understanding of how to recognise Modern Slavery in their community, place of study and workplace; as well as how to respond in a way that safeguards them and those exploited by this horrific crime.

This workshop will be led by Debbie Huxton, a Modern Slavery Campaigner, employed by Transforming Communities Together and funded by Lichfield Diocese Mothers’ Union in partnership with the Clewer Initiative.


Time: 13:00 – 13:45

Event title: Creating a Better World for People who Stammer

Speaker: Kirsten Howells

Organisation: STAMMA

What do the current president-elect Joe Biden, Nicole Kidman, Emily Blunt, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Albert of Monaco and Tiger Woods all have in common apart from fame? They all stammer.

Stamma (the British Stammering Association), will deliver an insightful workshop providing information, strategies and suggestions for succeeding with a stammer. This is a workshop for those who stammer and for those around them, including employers, work colleagues, educators, family and friends.


Event background

With an ever-growing and diverse population of undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers; we are determined to facilitate equal access to a wide range of graduate jobs for our talented students; irrespective of their age, background, disability, gender, race or sexual orientation.

We are fully aware that some of our cohorts will have concerns about disclosing a disability, gender type, nationality, race, age, non-traditional qualifications or sexual orientation at the pivotal junctures of applying for jobs and being employed.

Therefore, the definitive and over-arching aims of the conference is to provide information, advice, and guidance; and also to empower our learners with a better understanding of their rights and positive practices in the world of work.

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