Addressing Differential Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Learners Meeting

NEON Working Groups

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      2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshop Title: ‘Co-created podcasting; making visible the value of diversity to embed greater inclusivity in HE’ Maria Hussain, Lecturer in Management, University of Leeds Business School

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This working group is organised by the University of Kingston.

The meeting will be held online on Wednesday 15th February from 2pm to 3.30pm.



This working group serves to provide a space for addressing the challenges of establishing better outcomes for ethnically diverse learners in Higher Education, and will be exploring innovative approaches to developing good practice in this area by way of practical discussions, research/case study analysis, and peer support.

2.00-2.10 Welcome and Introductions (Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University, Chair)

2.10-2.40pm: Maria Hussain, Maria Hussain, Lecturer in Management, University of Leeds Business School

Speaker’s Bio

Maria Hussain, Lecturer in Management, British Academy of Management (BAM) representative to Council, Race Equality Charter National Review Panellist (Advance HE) Maria Hussain is a Lecturer in Business Management at Leeds University Business School and holds SFHEA. Her expertise lies in; inclusive management education, intercultural communication and EDI (race-equity) in organisations through an intercultural approach. Maria is an elected member of the British Academy Management (BAM) Council, consulting on equity and inclusion within Business Education. She is a REC institutional application reviewer for Advance HE. She is also a member of  Great Britain Applied Linguistics (LAGB) Subcommittee for Racial and Social Justice. Maria Co-Chairs the Muslim Staff Network. This important work has influenced university-wide EDI policy to address race-religion intersectional outcomes and awarding ‘gaps.’

Workshop Summary:

With the increasingly diverse student-mix it is more important that universities are able to address this real challenge in providing structured co-creation opportunity for students to interact with peers to facilitate intercultural competence (ICC) development and nurture globally-minded citizens in an ever-connected world.  This workshop reports on a successful faculty- wide ICC co-created student-podcaster project. ‘Cultural Insight Wednesdays Student-Podcast Series’ (Hussain, 2021) is a project that foregrounds ICC dialogue through student-voice, providing a sustainable way of facilitating much-needed globalised conversation, creating inroads into decolonising the co-curricular space in a post-covid world through foregrounding and harnessing the power of co-creation and making visible the value of diversity and diversity-of-thought. Please have a listen to CIW co-created podcasts for further information and inspiration!

In this workshop, Maria will outline the approach she has taken to raising the visibility and value of diversity within her context and the wider impact(s)  this has had on co/curricular work on EDI and inclusion more broadly. She will also outline next steps in her funded Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) project: to build on her CIW co-created podcasting project.

2.40-3.00 Breakout groups

The breakout session provides colleagues with the opportunity to come together to discuss the project and how they could incorporate and develop the strategies provided at their institution. In your discussions, please consider the following topics:

  • How will you tackle some of the challenges outlined in the initial breakout (brief) activity?
  • How will you ‘activate’ the learning from today’s session?
  • What top tips will you take with you to share/disseminate with your networks?

3.00-3.15pm: Feedback and Q&A

3.15-3.30pm: AOB and next meeting