Leaderhood and equality: where next?
We are living through a period of unprecedented change. The challenges are acute, including educationally, as schools, colleges and universities now reopen their doors to students. Dame Ruth Silver CBE argues “more than ever, we need to act with compassion and show social solidarity, and nowhere should it be more clearly modelled than in the behaviour of leaders, no matter which sector they work in” (TES, March 2020). Governments have a role to play in providing clarity as to how citizens should respond, what individuals need to do, day to day, to get by and stay safe. In times like these, Ruth argues “we look to our leaders for another kind of clarity, what we might term moral clarity, a sense of where we all sit in relation to the whole and of the wider value of the things we are asked to do.”
This session includes an interview between Dr Deirdre Hughes and Dame Ruth Silver CBE on the meaning of ‘leaderhood’, its origins and implications for educationalists and career development professionals. Together we will explore how this translates into practice linked to co-design, co-creation and collaboration principles. We talk about social solidarity, spheres of influence and social justice matters.
Against a backdrop of the pervasive inequalities experienced by black students, staff and communities, Amarjit Basi, the Co-founder of the Black Fr Leadership Goup (BFELG) will outline the leadership challenges faced by the post-compulsory education sector in the UK, in addressing personal, social and economic disparity in the localities they serve.
Dr Ebun Joseph is a leading author, social justice activist, diversity and culture specialist & careers consultant has researched race relations, racial stratification and the labour market in Ireland. She will examine how 32 migrants of Spanish, Polish and Nigerian descent understand the significance of race in labour market mobility in Ireland. Their responses showed that Black and White workers talk about race differently. It also revealed an ambivalence about race among the White workers. What lessons can be learned from this research and, most importantly, how can education and careers policies and practices be improved to achieve a more level playing field?
Emeritus Professor Jenny Bimrose has over thirty years experience in higher education teaching and research. Much of her work has focused on the theory and practice of career guidance counselling and on gender equality. A key topic within her research portfolio is women’s career development throughout the lifespan. Jenny will consider the voices of women and the reality of work in their lives, particularly changes happening in a post-Covid landscape. For those providing formal career guidance and counselling services, the consistent failure of women to sustain continuous employment can lead to an impoverished old age, which may also be characterised by social exclusion and reduced quality of life. What are the implications for career practitioners in delivering lifelong guidance?