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The University of Bath Equality and Diversity Team and Bath Spa University, will host the annual Joint Equality Forum on Wednesday 21st March 2018. We are delighted to announce our guest speaker, the outstanding, award-winning stand-up comedian: Francesca Martinez.

This event is open to University of Bath and Bath Spa University staff and students.

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Francesca Martinez is a self-proclaimed wobbly* comedian, writer and speaker who has toured internationally with sell out runs all over the world.

Since starring in five series of BBC’s Grange Hill, Francesca has appeared on TV many times, including on ITV’s The Frank Skinner Show, BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff and Channel 4’s Very British Problems. In 2016, she opened Series 11 of BBC2’S Live At The Apollo and guested on BBC1’s Celebrity Pointless.

Her best-selling book, called What The **** Is Normal?!, was nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards 2015, and runner up in the Bread & Roses Book Award 2015. The book has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public alike. Francesca will also have copies of her brilliant book that she might even sign if you buy one from her on the night.

Francesca made global headlines in 2008 when she became the first Olympic Torch-Bearer to pull out of the London relay in protest of China's treatment of Tibet. In January 2012, she took on Michael Portillo over the government's welfare reforms live on BBC1's This Week. Her appearance sparked huge public interest receiving more positive feedback than any of their previous guests. She followed this up with a much-talked about appearance on BBC2's Newsnight and BBC1's Today's Politics, and was voted most popular guest on BBC's Free Speech. Francesca is a regular on Channel 4 News and has made several appearances on Radio 4's hugely popular The News Quiz alongside Jeremy Hardy.

*Oh yeah, she has cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

“ONE OF THE UK’S MOST BRILLIANT COMEDIANS” – Observer

“WONDERFUL, FUNNY, WARM… LONG MAY SHE WOBBLE” – The Telegraph


PROGRAMME

13:30hrs – Registration, lunch and networking

14:00hrs – Welcome by Mark Humphriss - University Secretary

14:15hrs – Introduction – Professor Peter Lambert – Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

14:20hrs – Key Note Speaker: Francesca Martinez

We live in a culture that promotes fear of difference. This fear is used to disempower people, to dehumanise certain groups as 'other', and maintain inequality. But diversity is, after all, why we are here. Without it, there'd be no evolution, no life, no human beings. On every level - biologically, genetically, culturally, artistically - diversity makes us stronger. Using comedy and personal insights as a wobbly woman, Francesca will talk about how we need to embrace diversity and see the profound benefits it can bring, both on a personal level and to society as a whole.”

Q&A with Francesca

15:15hrs – Workshops x 4

An opportunity to discover some of the challenges and successes within Diversity and Equality by visiting one of four workshops on various topics ranging from sexual misconduct to inclusive learning. Details of these workshops will be shared by email once you have registered and you will be able to choose which workshop you would like to attend.

16:00hrs – Refreshments and Book Signing

There will be an opportunity to buy and have signed Francesca’s book

16:20hrs – Question Time Style Discussion – ‘Identity: Who chooses yours?’

Are we in control of our own identities? I am sure we’d like to think so, but do others ridged frames of reference for our differences determine the stereotypical and archetypal roles we perform? Are we ‘situationally yours’? How does being in an environment where those ‘frames of reference’ are not challenged affect our sense of self, performance and achievements? And how do we break free of those archetypes and stereotypes to ensure we reach our true potential? Six 'celebrity' panellists, take your questions and discuss.

17:20hrs – Summary of Forum

Summary of key points from workshops and question time panel and actions ahead for both universities.

17:30hrs – Thank You and Close – Mark Humphriss



Please note.

  1. There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available at the venue which can only be booked over the telephone or in person. Please contact the University of Bath Equality and Diversity team on 01225 383568.
  2. Parking is very limited at the University of Bath. Unfortunately, we can not reserve parking spaces or issue parking permits as we can not guarentee you a space. The best car park to park in is EAST car park, where there a number of disabled parking spaces.
  3. If you have any dietary, access or other needs please email: diversity@bath.ac.uk or contact us on 01225 383568 as soon as you register.
  4. This is a first come, first served event, so please register early to avoid disappointment. There is a waiting list which you can join. If you register and then can't make it, please let us know ASAP so we can release your space to someone on our waiting list.
  5. The venue will be emailed to you after you have registered your attendance and accessibilty details will be available through DisabledGo.
  6. Notice of Photographic and Media recording. When you attend University of Bath's Identity: Who Chooses yours? event, you will enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites and social media. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact diversity@bath.ac.uk


THIS IS A FREE EVENT.


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