Transgender and young people- my experience

For the first 48 years of my life I led a very sheltered life with no knowledge or understanding of LGBTQ issues. I was, of course, entirely tolerant of LGBTQ lifestyles as I try and live a life that is free of prejudice on the grounds of anyone’s religion, gender or sexual orientation. Then my …

Trans Awareness- the basics training session

On 7 February 2018, more than 100 UoN staff attended Trans Awareness – The Basics training run by Gendered Intelligence at the University Park Campus.  There were a number of simple-but-important take-home messages about language and terminology and best practice.  The training first addressed the question of what is a trans person? and established that …

Academic work-life balance: Can it be achieved

    Sadly, academic life is not how we see it portrayed in film and television dramas. Academics do not spend their time drinking sherry in wood-paneled office suites, thinking deeply, occasionally having an intense tutorial with a solitary student and leaping out of bathtubs shouting ‘Eureka!’ The truth is that the modern academic has …

Understanding non-binary gender

  When it comes to talking about gender, I recognise that many people can be turned off by the many new and ever-changing terms so here are a couple terms I will be using in this piece that you can refer back to: Non-Binary > NB > Enbie > Enby  –  Someone who doesn’t identify …

Spotlight on: Kirsten Whitehead, Chair of Biosciences EDI Committee

What was your career pathway leading to your current role? I started my career as a dietitian back in the 1980s. I worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a variety of roles, both hospital and community-based. I think including my current role I’ve had 11 different jobs. I’ve also managed to do …

Equality and Diversity in Biosciences

Welcome to the new blog site for Equality and Diversity (EDI) in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. Here in the School we have a vision to be an outstanding place to work. At the heart of that vision is providing a culture in which all people feel valued, that their opinions …