London hosts first Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) focused day for staff and post graduate researchers

On 5 July, staff and post graduate researchers gathered on the London campus to explore topics related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The day created an energizing and friendly environment to come together as a team, challenging our thinking and exploring areas that might affect us as individuals, the students we teach and/or the colleagues we work with.

The day was structured with opening and closing Q&A discussions with Prof. Tony Edwards (Dean LU LDN), Prof. Charlotte Croffie (Pro Vice Chancellor for EDI) and Veronica Moore (Director of EDI Services).  Interactive workshop sessions included Neurodiversity (Andrew Hatfield), Creating Racial Dialogue (Dr. Angela Dy), Men’s Well-being (Ian Beever), and Understanding Burnout (Nadine Skinner).

Participants also had the chance to engage with the topic of loneliness through a screening of the documentary film – All the Lonely People and Q&A session with Director, Joseph Applebaum.

One participant expressed that it was ‘great that everyone came together and some really thoughtful sessions that I think felt like it brought the community closer together.’

Another explained, ‘the atmosphere was fantastic. The Burnout session was also incredibly interesting. I liked that PS staff and academics were doing it together - it should help each group better understand the issues faced by the other.’

There is enthusiasm for a similar style of event to be hosted annually, with new topics, more colleagues from both campuses and opportunities to work through ways of implementing change.

The event was led by the London EDI Committee with strong support from the school.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.