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Proposed actions

Success measure / timescales


Progress update

Annual forum/conference for departments to present ED&I initiatives and challenges 

(Short Term) 

Organise a forum or mini-conference on a half or full day each year.  

A speaker could be solicited from each department and resources shared afterward via a central hub. 

Review success of ED&I Town Hall events at end of TT21. Plan next steps after that. 

Can learn from the 'town hall' events we are now running 

Need a small group to take this forward. Two shorter sessions over the course of the year rather than a full day may be easier and have more total uptake, particularly given current circumstances which necessitate online events 

[Updated Sept 21] MPLS ED&I Town Halls ran successfully throughout 2020-21 academic year. Further discussion with ED&I Steering Group at MT21 meetings to discuss whether further sessions would be helpful.  

Best practices guide for department inductions

(Short Term) 

Develop best-practice guidelines from existing department initiatives on how to discuss ED&I in inductions (e.g. current ED&I actions, plans, and pathways for reporting issues).  

Distribute guidance back to departments via ED&I fellow representatives. 


An induction document has been drafted by the MPLS ED&I Manager, with further development from the working group required. Include more examples of good practice. 

Induction material is high priority for ECR induction material. We should make sure these are joined up.   

[Updated Sept 21] In development, will provide an update following the MPLS ED&I Steering Group meeting in MT21.  

Wording and promotion of job ads  

(Short Term on advertising action) 

Create standard text from the Division for vacancy notices to explicitly invite applications from under-represented groups. Note that URG are currently not defined to include white women, so wording will need to be expanded from that developed from Athena SWAN. 

Advertise open posts (academic and professional services) to relevant societies/organisations whose membership represents one or more URG, e.g. Evenbreak. Particular effort should be made to advertise to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic academic societies e.g. BBSTEM. 


Text suggestion has been actioned.  

Discussions with HR and EDU required.  

There is an issue here about data collection in general - which needs to be better all round. We should focus on recording information on "credible" candidates who meet the essential criteria, rather than applications from people who are not qualified for the role 

[Updated Sept 21] Working Group will provide an update in MT21 ED&I Steering Group meeting. 

ED&I training across MPLS 

(Short Term) 

Identify what is already on offer and attend/undertake training to see where we need better provision. 

Agree the essential training that needs to be delivered by: a) the University, b) MPLS/Divisions, and c) departments. 

Agree an implementation plan and a plan to monitor how training is delivered/undertaken. 

Develop a training plan specifically for MPLS, addressing allyship, intersectionality and other key areas of ED&I.  


The issue of training was raised by all working groups and this is something that EDU are also looking into.  

A working group was formed to review current provisions and propose next steps for what changes might be required in MPLS. 

A training plan for MPLS is under development. 

[Updated Sept 21] Working Group have reviewed training on offer through central resources, and are now agreeing where to prioritise. ED&I team are planning MPLS-specific training for 2021-22. Will provide an update following the MPLS ED&I Steering Group meeting in MT21. 

Central hub of ED&I resources from departments/MPLS

(Medium Term) 

Determine the best and most effective way to consistently share ED&I resources and information across the Division. (E.g. building a searchable webpage where department comms teams can submit items) 

Include useful ED&I information, case studies, news, best practice, example documents and toolkits. A single space for anything related to ED&I. 

Soft launch in the Long Vac 21, with further development until end of MT21. 

This space needs to complement the existing ED&I webpages (which are also under review).  

Support from departments required to share best practice and good examples.  

[Updated Sept 21] In development, will be launched in January 2022. 


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