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Conference puts equality and diversity in the spotlight


The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a conference which aims to put equality, diversity and inclusion in the spotlight for staff and students.

Two Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), Ameena Khan and Arifa Dar, from the Faculty of Arts have organised the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference which takes place at the University’s City Campus on Thursday 19thApril.

Eleanor Smith, MP for Wolverhampton South East, will be speaking about her experience in politics and there will be contributions from students as well as panels, workshops and presentations throughout the day.

Working in collaboration with the Students’ Union, the conference will explore equality and diversity in Higher Education and will actively engage both students and staff at the University of Wolverhampton.


Ameena Khan said: “This is the first time GTAs have collaborated with the Students’ Union to create awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion issues with a focus on teaching and learning.

“As Graduate Teaching Assistants, we want to showcase the teaching and learning experience from both a student and staff perspective, moving away from dormant notions and terminology and moving towards more inclusive and active practices.”

The FREE event, which is open to members of the public as well as staff and students, will take place on 19th April in The Venue, Students’ Union, Ambika Paul Building at the City Campus in Wolverhampton starting at 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  Please register via Eventbrite.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme was officially launched in 2014 and was created with the aim of supporting the University’s strategy of being the ‘University of Opportunity’.

With the main focus being on giving learners the opportunity of gaining employment experience in an academic support role.  It also includes a professional development programme leading to the award of a PGCE (M) in Post Compulsory Education.

For further details about the conference contact Ameena Khan:

Picture caption from left to right: Ameena Khan (GTA), Ik Mirembe (Students' Union) and Arifa Dar (GTA).



For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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