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Unconscious Bias Training for PGR Students

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Birkbeck University was founded on the principle of education for all. Our whole ethos is about providing education to those that may not have had the opportunity to access education through the traditional routes. We understand that society does not operate within a level playing field and of course this translates into workplaces and places of study where bias and prejudgements can be made. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in unfair treatment. At Birkbeck we would like to explore the concept of unconscious bias and raise awareness of where it could exist.

This awareness session is simply about exploring the concept for ourselves and reflecting on our own practises ensuring that we are mindful of the impact that our prejudgments, bias and assumptions can have on other people. This is just about ensuring that Birkbeck has an inclusive environment where everyone is given the opportunity to excel and thrive.

Definition

Unconscious bias is a term used to describe the assumptions and associations that we hold which, despite being outside our conscious awareness, can have a significant influence on our attitudes and behaviour.

Who is this event for?

This event is specifically aimed at postgraduate research students. There are a range of activities where unconscious bias could influence MPhil/PhD related activities including:

  • any activity involving recruitment of participants

  • interaction with colleagues

  • teaching, demonstrating and supervisory roles

  • the peer review process

Aims and objectives

The aim of this session is to examine the concept of unconscious bias and explore what it means to us personally and professionally.

By the end of this session the participant will have:

  • Explored and examined the concept of unconscious bias

  • Discussed how it could impact on life as a Birkbeck postgraduate research student

Session lead

The session will be led by Ammara Khan, College Equality and Diversity Lead, HR Strategy and Policy Partner (Engagement & Wellbeing), Birkbeck.


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