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Making Inclusion Matter: End of Project Workshop

On Wednesday 26th May, the Northern Power Inclusion Matters ( project hosted a one-day virtual workshop. The workshop was an informative day that had a range of speakers and interactive discussion sessions for HEI staff, industry professionals and Early Career Researchers. The workshop shared findings from the project’s EDI in STEM research, a keynote speech from Susan Johnson OBE, an interactive professional development session for ECRs with Simon Rees from Durham University’s DCAD department, a panel discussion, and a closing talk by Peter Caine from Stanley, Black and Decker.

Live Scribing

The whole day was live scribed by Laura Evans at Nifty Fox Creative, who make visual stories from presentations, talks and discussions! The full gallery of work from the day can be found here.


Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Susan Johnson OBE, Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission talks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the pandemic and disproportionate impact on minority groups, and why EDI is more important now than ever before.

Findings from the evaluation of Northern Power Inclusion Matters programme

Dr Helen Cramman, evaluation lead gives a presentation of findings followed by a Q&A session.

Recap of the Morning session with Laura Evans, Nifty Fox Productions.

Overview of Activities

Activity leads give an overview of each of the activities in the project.

Panel Discussion

Chaired by Professor Judith Rankin, Newcastle

‘Overcoming the Challenges of Policy Implementation and Change, and the Challenges of cross-institutional Implementation, helping to create critical mass for some under-represented groups’

• Dr Roger Penlington, Northumbria
• Professor Ari Sadanandom, Durham
• Professor Sarah Sharples, Nottingham
• Dr Emma Spary, Leeds
• Dr Derek Wann, York
• Professor Claire Warwick, Durham

Plenary Speaker and Close

Plenary Speaker
Industry partner Peter Caine, Stanley Black & Decker talks about HEI and Industry – how collaborations are able to make a difference in increasing diversity, and a reflection on changing personal and organisational mindset through engagement in a programme like Northern Power Inclusion Matters.


The project has created a number of resources that provide best practice, lessons learned and information from the project that may support the implementation of similar interventions. The project produced a Toolkit with a how-to-guide of organising and implementing project activities like shared-characteristics mentoring, reciprocal mentoring and collaborating with industry.

The full toolkit can be accessed here

The Evaluation report can be accessed here .