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Inclusive Networks Awards

3 September 2015

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University makes shortlist for two awards

The University has been shortlisted for two awards at a new event which celebrates the efforts of network groups that support diversity - the Inclusive Networks Awards.

A film screening of Pride by the University’s LGBT staff and postgraduate student network Enfys has been shortlisted for Network Event of the Year.

The screening of the film, which is about a group of gay and lesbian activists who supported Welsh miners during the 1984/85 strike, was part of LGBT History Month and attracted the largest audience for an Enfys event.

The screening also featured former Welsh miner Dai Donovan, one of the original inspirations for the film, who took part in a Q&A after the screening.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, has been shortlisted for Network Champion of the Year.

With formal and wide-ranging responsibilities for the leadership and management of the University, Professor Riordan has been a visible support to Enfys. His engagement with the network has increased its profile and allowed it to reach its objectives.

The University is extremely pleased to be shortlisted in the inaugural awards, the first on this scale dedicated to network groups. The awards, with over 450 nominations, celebrate and reward the work and positive impact of network groups from all diversity strands and across all sectors.

The judges include Vanessa Vallely (founder and MD, We Are The City, and author); John Amaechi OBE (former NBA basketball player, author and MD, Amaechi Performance Systems); Elly Barnes (founder and CEO, Educate and Celebrate); Scott Durairaj (head of NHS England Workforce Diversity and Inclusion), plus many more inspiring people. 

The winners will be announced at an awards reception on November 19th, at the iconic Band on the Wall venue in Manchester.

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