Oct 16 2018

On Tuesday 16 October, from 1.30-3pm in the Shilling Building Lecture Theatre, a student-staff networking event will take place for students and colleagues who identify as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). 

The event will open with four colleagues each answering five questions in five minutes, followed by a group Q&A session and networking. 

Why a BME-specific networking event?

Role models can contribute towards guiding, inspiring and motivating people. Therefore access to visible role models is important for the career development of everybody. Research findings show that BME students nationally have highlighted a lack of role models available to them.

Examples of questions that will be asked:

1. Which single skill have you found most beneficial to the advancement of your career and why?

2. Which aspect of other people’s behaviour have you found most unhelpful? How do you cope with it?

3. Has there been anyone in your career you would regard as a role model or mentor? If yes, give brief details. If no, do you think you would have benefitted from such a person?

4. Is there anything you have done in your working career that, with hindsight, you would have done differently?

Which colleagues will be participating?

  • Lynette Goddard is a Reader in the Department of Drama. Their research and teaching focuses on the politics of contemporary black British theatre and performance. Lynette has published a number of articles and monographs, co-edited an anthology of essays and has held the role of Deputy Head of Department
  • Rita D’Alton Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. A qualified solicitor, Rita worked in private practice as a litigator for over ten years. For her PhD, she examined the legal experiences of commissioning couples involved in international surrogacy arrangements
  • Narender Ramnani is a Professor of Neurosciences in the Department of Psychology. He is a core member of the governing body of the British Neuroscience Association. After completing a PhD at UCL, Narender held Post-doctoral positions at UCL and the University of Oxford
  • Ann Marie Spence is an Organisational Development Consultant within HR. In previous roles outside of Royal Holloway, Ann Marie has been a conflict Management Coach, Facilitator, Mediator, Project Manager, and Head of Leadership and Culture within organisations including the Home Office.
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