Equality, Diversity and Inclusivty
An equality, diversity and inclusivity statement from Kelly Louise-Preece, our EDI Coordinator.
The Research Ethics Conference will be an inclusive space that not only values diversity, but actively celebrates the new perspectives and ideas that diverse presenters and delegates bring to the conference, and to sector-wide debate.
As the conference is hosted at the University of Exeter, we will adhere to the University’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement and EDI Vision. The conference committee is therefore committed to ‘a policy of equality of opportunity and aims to provide a working, learning and social environment that is free from unfair discrimination. It aims to ensure that staff, students, visitors and all others associated with the University are treated with dignity, respect, and equity, regardless of inappropriate distinctions, such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (as identified under the Equality Act 2010 as 'protected characteristics').’ As such, all conference committee members will undertake training on Diversity, Inclusion and Awareness with Purdue University through FutureLearn. To ensure the conference content is accessible we recommendpresenters undertake the Open University Accessibility of eLearning training, to assist them in adopting the approach of Universal Design for Learning when preparing their contributions. We have also provided a summary of key course content as part of our Call for Papers.
Our EDI Co-ordinator Kelly Louise Preece is a member of the University of Exeter Community of Practice in Cultural Competence, undertaking pioneering new training with the National Centre of Cultural Competence (NCCC) at Georgetown University. Kelly will use her experience on the Cultural Competence training programme to develop a Cultural Competence Charter for the conference, which all presenters and delegates will be asked to sign up to. We are putting processes in place to ensure a diverse presenter base, and for people to anonymously report any behaviour that does not adhere to the Equality Act 2020, University of Exeter EDI Policy and Vision, and our Conference Cultural Competence Charter.
Finally, given recent events we want to state unequivocally that this is an actively anti-racist conference.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator
Update – delivering an inclusive online conference - 8th February 2021
Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference committee have taken the difficult decision to run REC online. This will raise inclusivity issues, specifically around accessibility of technology and digital formats. We are working hard to find an accessible digital solution, and will work to employ the principles of Accessibility of eLearning for the conference. If you foresee any access issues, please do contact the conference committee for support.