Eleanor Glanville Centre TalkBack Tuesday Focus Group – Tuesday 21st May

Professional Service and Support Staff Career Progression and Support 

The 2019 TalkBack Tuesday focus group series will explore Professional Service and Support Staff Career Progression and Support within the university. We are inviting any professional or support staff currently employed at the University of Lincoln to participate in the hour-long focus group.

As a vital part of fulfilling our equality ambitions and to successfully fulfill our Athena SWAN Bronze Award, the Eleanor Glanville Centre has launched the TalkBack Tuesday focus group programme to hear what colleagues think could make a difference. The aim is to ascertain the areas where we think we can improve our practice to support all staff and to provide valuable feedback for our Athena SWAN application.

The groups are part of the Centre’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion in the university. The Eleanor Glanville Centre is an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity and equality at the University of Lincoln. The overarching purpose of the Centre is to drive cultural change across the institution to further the strategic ambitions of the University in terms of inclusion and diversity.

  • Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: JBL0W05

To register your interest please email llamoureux@lincoln.ac.uk

Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture – Wednesday 22nd May

Don’t miss the next Be Inspired! Lecture 22nd May!

Professor Liz Mossop: What We Don’t Know We Are Learning – The Power of the Hidden Curriculum

As we sit in classrooms and learn new skills and knowledge we may think all our development comes from what a teacher is telling us, or what we are discovering in books and from our classmates. For those of us who teach, it is easy to assume that our students learn according to the curriculum we write, deliver and assess. However, the formal curriculum does not tell the full story.

Simply being in a complex learning environment like a university or indeed a workplace means that we are developing other knowledge, skills and behaviours through the power of the hidden curriculum.

The hidden curriculum was first described in the context of the school classroom – as well as learning how to write and do sums, children were noted to be learning “the rules of the game”. Strong role models influence their behaviour and attitudes, and further elements such as rules and rituals also make up this hidden curriculum. This is also classically described in the training of medical students, with their professional behaviour being most strongly influenced both positively and negatively by aspects of the environment in which they are being taught.

This talk will question the concept of the curriculum and what we think we are teaching or learning. Liz will draw on her own research and discuss how the hidden curriculum can be a positive influence when we are encouraged to reflect on our own development. It will inspire you to reconsider what you know about how we learn, and how to teach our students more effectively.

  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Lecture 18:00
  • Wine Reception 19:00
  • Location: Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building

Professor Liz Mossop is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement at the University of Lincoln. She is a veterinary surgeon who graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh and worked for several years in a private veterinary practice before commencing her academic career. She has a Masters degree and PhD in Clinical Education, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Liz is passionate about student engagement and the student experience, and has led multiple projects focussing on these topics leading to awards such as the Guardian University Award for Employability Initiative in 2017 and the ASPIRE Award for Excellence in Student Engagement in 2016 from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

This talk is free to attend, but booking is essential, book your tickets here:


Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture – Thursday 4th April

Don’t miss the next Be Inspired! Lecture on Thursday 4th April

Kate Russell: Why Aren’t More Girls Taking Up STEM Subjects

It is a sad fact of life today that while women make up around 46% of the UK workforce, they are extremely poorly represented in the STEM professions – in other words science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to recent Government figures, if you exclude medical professions just 15.5% of UK STEM jobs are filled by women, and that figure drops to 8% when you look at engineering jobs.

Despite the gender imbalance being a mainstream topic of debate the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. According to 2014 e-skills, the number of women working in the tech sector has fallen from 17% to 16% again this year – and that is a figure that’s been falling year on year for over a decade now. When you consider that UK businesses face an ever growing skills gap when it comes to recruiting digitally skilled workers, it seems a no brainer that we should try to boost the number of girls enterting the field.

Women are not being held back by an inability to get educated – in fact the opposite is true. Research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has found that by 2020, 49% of women will have degree-level qualifications compared to just 44% of males. It also predicts that women will take two-thirds of the new high-skill jobs created over the next six years. Right now the report shows that girls are outperforming boys in GCSEs and A-levels, and there are more women graduating from university than men. Where these numbers go awry is that only 12% of engineering and technology undergraduates are female.

So, here’s my manifesto for encouraging more girls to study STEM…

Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. She’s been a regular on BBC technology programme Click for over a decade and writes for National Geographic Traveller magazine. She also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists. Her website, has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for the last two years. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.
This event is free but booking is highly recommended.

  • Lecture 18:00
  • Wine Reception 19:00
  • Isaac Newton Building Lecture Theatre

Book you tickets here:


Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture – Tuesday 19th February

Don’t miss the next Be Inspired! Lecture on Tuesday 19th February


Graham Andre: No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free

Innovative primary school teacher Graham Andre, who appeared as part of BAFTA nominated BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’ will deliver the next Be Inspired! Lecture Tuesday 19th February.


Graham has over 20 years’ experience in the education sector and has been a longtime supporter of gender neutrality in teaching. Graham and his class from the Isle of Wight took part in the BBC documentary last year which investigated whether a gender neutral classroom environment could break down societal gender stereotypes amongst the children, transform their views of themselves and transform their future ambitions.


Since taking part in the documentary, Graham has become a spokesperson for gender neutral teaching, speaking on national television and delivering talks on its impact around the UK. He now sits on the steering group of the Gender Equality Charter working with schools, businesses and families to challenge gender inequality.

Grahams talk will address questions such as how gender stereotypes impact on our children as well as looking at children’s experiences of gender from birth and what we can do to minimise negative impacts. Graham will also share practical tips and explore the importance of male role models in early years teaching as well as how we can recruit and retain.

  • Tuesday 19th February
  • Lecture 18:00
  • Wine Reception 19:00
  • Location: Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building

This lecture is free to attend, but booking is essential: