Sheffield Hallam University will host its first equality, diversity and inclusion conference with speakers including the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This inaugural event, which takes place on 5 and 6 June, includes keynote speakers, presentations, and workshops from leading figures with a vision for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Trevor Phillips: Founding chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Kellie Maloney, LGBT campaigner

The three key speakers are Trevor Phillips OBE, the founding chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) who is also an award-winning TV producer and presenter; LGBT campaigner and former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2014 and Dean Forbes CEO and member of the board of CoreHR.


The theme of the conference is Valuing Difference, Inspiring Change. It reflects the University’s desire to bring together practitioners, academics, business leaders, policy makers, campaigners and the community to address the continuing challenges and issues in achieving equality and inclusion success.

The conference will be opened by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands.

He said: “Universities transform lives, but across the higher education sector it is clear that much work is needed to improve the equality of opportunity.

“I am delighted that Sheffield Hallam will host our first Equality Diversity and Inclusion Conference this June, focusing on how to challenge inequality through action. With a range of inspirational speakers, the conference will encourage a reflection on practice and stimulate the debate on the actions needed to shift the equality diversity and inclusion agenda.

“Diverse institutions are better for everybody. As a university, we are uniquely placed to shape peoples’ lives. We must take positive and determined steps to widen our access, increase participation and ensure equal outcomes for all.”

Early bird tickets are available until 10 May. You can book your place online, with several ticket types available and a discount for charity attendees.