The Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) will be holding their annual conference online over two days, 12-13 April 2021. This two-day virtual conference is an opportunity to hear from diverse and influential voices in higher education, and will include sessions on:
- The national research picture
- The changing policy landscape
- Closing awarding gaps in the biosciences
- BAME awarding gaps
- Covid-19 impacts on awarding gaps
- Creating an inclusive environment in the Biosciences
The first session, the National Research Picture, begins with a Keynote talk from Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser from UKRI. This is followed by talks on returning to STEM after a career break, researcher development and inclusivity in research and EDI initiatives at the Francis Crick Institute. The second session, on the Changing Policy Landscape, gives a broader context of the policies within which HUBS members and their Institutes have to navigate. We hear from Lord David Willetts about teaching and research in the Life Sciences, and from Prof Julia Buckingham about UUK perspectives. We then hear about technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and about tools to facilitate these processes. Finishing the day with a talk from Professor Trevor McMillan who will specifically discuss the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).
The second day of the HUBS meeting returns to the overall theme of diversity and inclusion, with a particular focus on awarding gaps. HE institutions across the UK and indeed globally are struggling with gaps in outcomes for students with a variety of protected characteristics, including disability, gender, and ethnicity. Recent events have pushed this into stark relief, in particular with respect to students of non-white race and ethnicity, as demonstrated by the Black Lives Matter campaign. In this series of presentations and discussions, the lived experience of former students and current staff of ethnic minority background will be discussed in respect of equality of opportunity in HE, along with the additional impact of Covid-19 on this sector. The experiences of faculty from Georgia State University in the US in reducing awarding gaps will be presented, along with those the 2020 and 2021 Bioscience Teacher of the Year finalists, focussing on specific approaches to address the awarding gap in the context of biosciences.
For further information and to register, visit the mySociety event page.
If you have any questions about the meeting, including booking enquiries, please contact Matt Webb at email@example.com