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University of Bradford conference considers how diversity benefits the workforce.

14 June 11

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point, will provide the keynote address to an international conference considering the benefits of a diversified workforce, hosted in the University of Bradford's Norcroft Centre on Thursday 16th June.

The Centre for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Bradford has organised the Making Diversity Interventions Count in Organisational Performance and Service Delivery Conference. This has been in collaboration with active partners Innov8 NHS, of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and NHS North West, who have worked with the centre in researching effective strategies for organisational change. The conference is designed to provide a forum for knowledge exchange in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion related to workforce and service delivery.

The conference will also provide a platform to launch the Barbara Burford annual memorial lecture, with the inaugural lecture given by Professor Carol Baxter CBE, Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights at NHS Employers UK.

A wide range of eminent national and international speakers will look at interventions aimed at advancing equality, informing the development of effective diversity practice and influencing systemic change in organisations. Key presentations will be delivered by Professor Mark Cleary, Vice Chancellor, University of Bradford, Professor Uduak Archibong, Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, Professor Aneez Esmail Associate President for Equality and Diversity, University of Manchester, and Professor David Clutterbuck, Senior Partner at Clutterbuck Associates.

Shirley Congdon, Dean of the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford said: "I welcome the unique opportunity that this prestigious conference brings to explore the equality challenges facing organisations in today’s changing social, legislative and political climate.  I am delighted with the strong collaboration between the University and key partners, in honouring and recognising the pioneering work of Barbara Burford."

14 June 11

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