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Shafi Ahmed named Top Asian in UK Tech 2017

Surgeon and VR evangelist Professor Shafi Ahmed was last night (6th June 2017) honoured with the Chairman’s Award at the launch of the official list of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2017. He was presented the award by HRH The Duke of York, who established the Pitch@Palace entrepreneurship competition to help tech businesses scale-up globally,… Read More »

MSDUK show to promote supplier diversity

MSDUK is set to launch its annual Business Show on 21st September 2017 focused on connecting some of the fastest growing and innovative ethnic minority-owned businesses with public and private sector procurement organisations. The MSDUK 2017 Business Show, to be held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, will provide an opportunity for ethnic minority businesses from across the… Read More »

Tackling the gender imbalance in local government

A new IPPR report ‘Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government’ argues that young women are ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015 general… Read More »

Ethnic representation on FTSE boards flatlines

The fourth Green Park Leadership 10,000 report published on 17th August 2017 shows that ethnic minority representation on FTSE 100 boards has flat-lined. Although the ethnic leadership pipeline within FTSE 100 companies increased to 5%, six-in-ten (58%) of boards are still all white. “Whilst Ministers have devoted significant resource to supporting gender equality activity – for example the… Read More »

Duncan Wingham appointed Chair of NERC

Professor Wingham has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) following nearly six years as Chief Executive of the council, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced recently. Professor Wingham’s current term heading up NERC has been extended from 31 December 2017 through to 31 December 2020. He will continue as Chief Executive until the… Read More »

Diversity in the Performing Arts reviewed

The Acting Up inquiry, led by Gloria De Piero MP and Tracy Brabin MP, has investigated “on screen” and “on stage” representation in film, TV and theatre – as well as backstage roles including writers, producers, directors and technicians. Hundreds of people at all levels in the performing arts have contributed to the inquiry, either by responding to… Read More »

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on gender diversity

Following the sacking of a senior software engineer at Google, who shared an internal memo outlining his views that gender gaps at Google are the result of biological differences between men and women, and that the company shouldn’t offer programs that help under-represented groups, the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai issued the following statement on August 8th, 2017. “This… Read More »

BBC to train & showcase disabled actors

The BBC today launched a nationwide search, training and showcase opportunity for disabled actors. The development programme, which is called Class Act: A Nationwide Search And Skill Factory, comes as part of the BBC’s ambition to support and raise the profile of disabled actors. Participants will be tutored in audition and camera technique, acting and business skills, script… Read More »

Top salaries call into question BBC’s PSB remit

The BBC today (19th July 2017) published its annual report which shows that despite increased competition and changes in technology the BBC continues to reach 95% of the UK adults each week. As part of the publication, the BBC has disclosed the amounts paid to staff and talent over £150,000 from the licence fee in the last financial… Read More »