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EUA Focus group

Universities’ Strategies and Practices towards Diversity and Inclusiveness


EUA is organising a focus group on “Universities’ Strategies and Practices towards Diversity and Inclusiveness” on 24 November 2017. The event will be hosted by the University of Lille - Human and Social Sciences in Lille, France.

University of Lille - Human and Social Sciences, Lille, France

24 November 2017

  • EUA is organising a focus group on “Universities’ Strategies and Practices towards Diversity and Inclusiveness” on 24 November 2017. The event will be hosted by the University of Lille - Human and Social Sciences in Lille, France. 

    Context
    As our societies change and become more diverse, universities are asked to be more open and inclusive, finding new ways to enable everyone who wants to participate, including students or staff who are traditionally less represented. This imperative for broader participation has been made more urgent by the influx of refugees over the past couple of years, which has prompted institutions across Europe to establish targeted initiatives for integration. 
        
    These developments are triggering discussions on the social responsibility of universities. They raise a number of strategic and practical questions about how institutions can deal with issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and access – questions that need to be addressed differently depending on the national and cultural context. Possible responses include the introduction of institutional strategies for diversity management, policies for equal opportunities, social innovation or widening participation of underrepresented groups, for example those with a lower socio-economic background or ethnic minorities. Responses can be focused on outreach, access and student retention, but may also cover staffing policies. 

    Description of the event
    EUA invites practitioners from across Europe with experience in developing and implementing institution-level strategies and practices in the areas of diversity management, social innovation and widening participation to exchange and share their views with us. 
    The purpose of the focus group is to explore how universities are dealing with issues of diversity and inclusiveness, and to provide a forum for peer learning and sharing of good practices. The outcomes of the discussion will also be used to feed into further development of EUA policies and activities with members. 

    The focus group, held in English, will be a one-day event. Interactive round tables are intended to create an open exchange. Participants will receive key questions in advance and should be prepared to contribute actively to the discussions. 

    The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25, and applicants will be selected based on their experience with the topic and their motivation to attend. Special consideration will be given to ensuring a geographical balance as well as a diversity of experiences and institutional profiles. Applicants should have a coordination function at their institution (vice-rector or similar). The event is restricted to staff from EUA member institutions.

    There is no registration fee, and participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Meals and refreshments on the day of the event will be provided free of charge to participants. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements before they have officially been selected for participation. Participants selected to take part in the event will receive additional practical information in due course. 

    Application

    Please click here for more information and to access the call for expressions of interest. The deadline to apply is 15 September 2017.

    If you have any further questions, please contact us at events@eua.be.

     

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