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Redefining cultures of excellence: Modelling change in research(er) agendas

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Excellent research needs an excellent research culture: how do we challenge institutional biases and establish a more inclusive culture able to foster dynamic research? Join us for a timely and unique opportunity for academics, and employers to re-examine the broad notion of ‘research excellence’, in the context of systemic inequalities that have historically locked out certain types of researchers and research agendas and locked in others.

This symposium focuses on two mutually-reinforcing areas: broadening pathways into research through the inclusive recruitment of PhD and early career researchers, and creating more responsive and inclusive research agendas through co-creation between academics and communities.

Our aim is to propose models for change in recruiting researchers and setting research agendas, helping to share best practice. We will be sharing two current research projects here at NTU, and inviting speakers and attendees to come together to contribute to the conversation and map the path to real, tangible change in research culture. If you work or specialise in the fields of doctoral education, researcher development, doctoral school or college, equality, diversity and inclusivity or have a general interest in the sector then please join us!


9.00 – 9.30 – Registration, tea and coffee

09:30-10.00 – Welcome

10:00-10:45 – Keynote: Dr. Bernadine Idowu

10:45-11:00 – Comfort break

11:00-11:30 – Introducing: EDEPI

11:30-12:00 – Introducing: Co(l)laboratory

12:00-12:45 – Lunch

12:45-2:00 – Project presentations (double track)

2:00-2:15 – Comfort break

2:15-3:45 – Workshop: Inclusive Research Culture

3:45-4:30 – Keynote: Professor Kalwant Bhopal

4:45-5:30 – Closing remarks and networking

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Bernadine Idowu (University of West London) Founder of the Black Minority and Ethnic Early Career Researchers Conference

Professor Kalwant Bhopal (University of Birmingham) Professor of Education and Social Justice

Please note that due to scheduling constraints, this was previously advertised as a two day event, but is now one day.