Recognising, understanding and being educated on unconscious bias, whether subtle or not, can help you andyour colleagues as a public sector professionals to embed diversity and inclusion across your organisation: from values and projects to recruitment.

Organisations that consist of managers trained on the subtleties of bias have changed attitudes and behaviours amongst their staff, leading to improved organisational performance and higher employee retention rates. This highly interactive course will encourage a thought-provoking discussion that will enable all delegated, to identify and address cases of unconscious bias within their organisations.

Run this Unconscious Bias Awareness virtual course for your teams to understand the key factors under the Equality Act of 2010 and what this means within your organisation. Take away the knowledge to apply this alongside your own unconscious bias and your organisation’s current approach to inclusion and diversity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and be aligned on the definition of diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias, and discrimination
  • Identify the key characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 how this applies in the workplace today
  • Learn what unconscious bias is and the science behind it
  • Understand your own unconscious bias and how this relates to your organisation
  • Take away practical tools and tips to equip you to implement diversity and inclusion across your organisation
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • A quick video tutorial will be shown on using the key features of Zoom 
  • Breakout rooms will be used for delegates to introduce each other 
09:45 - 10:30

Definitions of Diversity and the Equality Act 2010

  • Defining Diversity  
  • The Link Between Diversity and Inclusion and Organisational Success  
  • Introduction to the Equality Act 2010  
  • Employer Responsibility  
10:30 - 11:00

The Nine Protected Characteristics

In this session delegates will look at the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and look at the link between discrimination and the protected characteristics.  

  • Race 
  • Sex 
  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Gender reassignment 
  • Sexual orientation  
  • Religion or belief  
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership  
  • Pregnancy and maternity  
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:15

What is Unconscious Bias and Discrimination?

In this session, delegates will look at the meaning and different types of unconscious bias and what this means for their organisations. Delegates will also discuss the meaning of discrimination and the different forms of discrimination.  

  • The science behind unconscious bias  
  • Common types of unconscious bias  
  • List three types of unconscious bias and where they come from
  • What is discrimination? 
  • Direct and indirect discrimination  
  • The difference between discrimination by perception and association  
  • How to report discrimination  
12:15 - 13:00

Workshop: Managing Unconscious Bias

  • What is your unconscious bias? Take a test to find out 
  • Confront and challenge your owunconscious bias – open discussion 
  • Recognising negative effects of unconscious bias 
  • Practical tips to diminish unconscious bias in yourself and others  
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course 
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another 
14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop an Inclusive Approach for Your Organisation

In this practical session, delegates will take away the awareness and tools to implement several models to increase diversity and inclusion in their organisations whilst managing personal unconscious bias.  

  • Carrying out a diversity and inclusion assessment in your organisation 
  • Identify the key diversity indicators and support tools 
  • Developing a higher level of cultural competence  
  • Diversity and leadership accountability  
  • Gaining the confidence to ‘stand up’ against behaviour that cultivates a non-inclusive environment  
16:00 - 16:15

Roundup and Key Takeaways