White Rose universities host transformative Equity in Leadership programme

The universities of Leeds and York recently hosted events for the White Rose Equity in Leadership Programme, with the University of Sheffield set to host the next event in September.

The White Rose Equity in Leadership Programme is a pioneering initiative created in collaboration with the Universities of York, Leeds, and Sheffield. It aims to support the career progression of global majority* talent. The programme’s equity-based approach is designed to diversify leadership within both academia and professional services.

Participants in this six-month pilot programme will receive tailored career support, driven by their own needs and aspirations. The programme includes three in-person training days, online masterclasses, and networking events, co-designed and delivered by Leyla Okhai, CEO of Diverse Minds and an award-winning practitioner.

Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York and Chair of White Rose said:

York is proud to be delivering this groundbreaking pilot programme in collaboration with our White Rose Consortium partners. Initiatives like this, that work to ensure staff from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential, are a core priority for us. We recognise that ethnic minority colleagues face numerous barriers to career progression, including conscious and unconscious bias within recruitment processes and a lack of visible role models at leadership levels. At York, we have made efforts to address these barriers, but we know that there is still much more to be done. This is why delivering programmes like Equity in Leadership is so important to us.”

Read more from The University of Leeds and The University of York.

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*A note on terminology

The University recognises the importance of racial and ethnic terminology and understands that individuals use different terms to identify and represent themselves. In keeping with the commitment to co-creation for this programme, the Equity in Leadership Programme team asked all participants to vote on the term that they felt best represented them. The term “global majorities” received the most votes, as it provides a more positive perspective compared to the othering narrative of “minority groups.”




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