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A review of Bristol Equality & Diversity Week

In a first for Bright Network, we ran eight inspiring events in the Equality & Diversity Week at the University of Bristol. In partnership with the Bristol Students' Union and student-run societies, hundreds of bright students from a diverse range of backgrounds connected to the best advice and firms who support and cherish a diversity work culture. Here’s a little taste of the week.

Monday 16th October

To kick off the week, we ran a LinkedIn session with The 93% Club (the State School Society), offering students from Widening Participation backgrounds a free, professional headshot. Online presence is vitally important and the Bright Network team were on hand to offer one-on-one advice on how to impress leading employers with a stand out profile.

In the evening, we supported the Bristol African Society with their Let’s Talk Sponsors event. Over 30 ACS members were introduced to some of the biggest champions of workplace diversity, including Ashurst, KPMG and Teach First.

Bright Network’s Ben Triggs giving CV advice at Let’s Talk Sponsors.

Tuesday 17th October

During the day, not-for-profit organisation EmployAbility gave their essential insights at the Disabled Students Employability Workshop, discussing the work they do to encourage leading employers to become more ‘disability inclusive’. They spoke of the key issues, such as disclosure of disability and reasonable adjustment.

In the evening, female Bristol students heard from four inspirational leaders during the Women of Colour in Leadership Panel. The wide-reaching panel covered topics from becoming a successful leader to dealing with sexism and misogynoir in the workplace. We were delighted to be joined by Frontline, a Labour Counsellor and the Chief Executive of the Student Union in what was a real highlight of the week.

Wednesday 18th October

The Bright Network team were in the university library during the day offering expert CV checks and career consultations to Bristol students – ensuring everyone has access to the one-on-one advice they need to get ahead.

The LGBT+ Employment and Empowerment session followed, as leading professions from finance to writing discussed how their sexuality has affected their working life and how workplace culture is developing along with attitudes towards LGBT+ issues.

Thursday 19th October

In partnership with Bristol’s Women in Science Society, we welcomed female Bristol students studying scientific subjects or with a passion for science to an evening of networking, drinks and careers advice.

Friday 20th October

To finish an incredible week, we connected over 200 bright students with 14 world leading employers at our Equality Diversity Careers Fair. Students met representatives across a wide range of industries, from finance to engineering, and discovered more about their opportunities. We were delighted to be joined by the likes of Babcock International, CIL Management Consultants, KPMG, Irwin Mitchell, Morgan StanleyNewton Europe and many more.

It was a pleasure being down in Bristol for the week to support diversity at the university - thanks to everyone who was involved.