Walking the tightrope of intersectionality in UK HEIs

Walking the tightrope of intersectionality in UK HEIs

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Walking the tightrope of intersectionality in UK HEIs: Going beyond the rhetoric

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Many UK Higher Education institutions openly show their commitment to EDI initiatives such as the Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter as evidence of their commitment to gender and race. However, the latest statistics from Advance HE 20/21 tells us a different story about the experience of ethnic minority female staff. “The large majority of UK national academic senior managers were from a white background (61.7% white male, 32.6% white female) with just 2.0% being Black, Asian and minority ethnic female and 3.7% Black, Asian and minority ethnic male. Among non-UK national academic senior managers, 13.2% were Black, Asian and minority ethnic male and 2.8% Black, Asian and minority ethnic female” (AdvanceHE 20/21)

This workshop will explore some of the challenges faced by BME women in UK HEIs and offer some solutions to address the tilted playing field and achieve more equitable outcomes for women of colour.


Jummy is a multisector leadership development and positive Psychology consultant focusing on EDI & Wellbeing with more than 2 decades’ experience. She is a Leadership development facilitator with Astra Zeneca, programme adviser at Said Business School (University of Oxford), and Chair of the Women’s Network at the University of East London. She is a member of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Race Equity Action Group and a board member of CMI women,

Jummy holds a PhD in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship, MSc in Business Information systems, MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered academic member of CIPD. . She is a certified Leadership Circle 360 assessment tool and an ICF coach (PCC level).

She was listed among the top 50 inspirational black women in the UK in 2019, nominated for excellence in diversity in higher education in 2017 and awarded honorary Fellow status by UCL for contribution to executive education.

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