Health Professional Network: A Sense of Belonging For All – Promoting Inclusion and Diversity in the Health Professions

Monday 28th November | 18:00 – 20:00 | Allam Medical Building,
The University of Hull Campus

Join us in our award-winning facilities at the Allam Medical Building for a meeting of the Health Professional Network. You will have the opportunity to network with staff, students and graduates over refreshments, participate in a panel conversation with some of our exceptional alumni, and take a tour of our state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities where the next generation of health professionals are learning their trade.

Our topic for the evening is promoting inclusion and diversity in the health professions. How can we make sure that our work places, professions, and spaces of learning are welcoming to all? Why is belonging important and what can diversity and inclusion bring to a workplace or a community? We’ll be engaging in a lively and inclusive conversation with our panel of speakers which includes Professor Udy Archibong – a Hull Graduate who is one of the top 50 most inspirational women in Healthcare.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet your peers and fellow alumni, hear from experts in the field and visit some of our exceptional facilities on campus.

Monday 28th November | 18:00 – 20:00 | Allam Medical Building,
The University of Hull Campus

Speaker Bios

Uduak Archibong is the Pro Vice Chancellor [Equality, Diversity and Inclusion] at the University of Bradford.

Udy directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality, diversity and inclusion [EDI] across the institution. She obtained a BSc (First Class) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria in 1990, a PhD from Hull University in 1995 and promoted to Professor of Diversity with a cross-disciplinary and institutional portfolio in 2004. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She was listed in the New Year Honours list 2015 and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to higher education and equality.

She has been recognised as a foremost authority on inclusion and diversity and became the first ever UK Professor of Diversity with a cross-disciplinary and institutional portfolio. She has a sustained, distinguished presence in the field of diversity management, she is currently leading in setting agenda to drive research, learning and knowledge exchange activities internationally and has published extensively on inclusion and diversity.

A multi-award winner, Uduak has been honoured as one of the top 100 Nigerians in the UK to receive a Centenary Award, one of the top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare in the UK, a Distinguished Nurse Leader in 21st century in Nigeria, and one of the 70 most outstanding Nigerians in the UK Health Sector. She featured in Northern Power Women Power List, 2019 and Phenomenal Women – Portraits of UK Black Women Professors in 2020. She was listed in the Black WHO’S WHO in the Millennium. Uduak is an Ecumenical Canon of the Bradford Cathedral, UK.

Hayley Pickard-Dumas is the EDI lead for the University of Hull.

She joined the university in January 2022 after 14 years in policing. Her passion for inclusion is quite simply born out of her passion for people’s differences and the value in those differences. Her father worked all over the world when she was a child and consequently she loved to travel and getting to know and understand different cultures. As an adult in a multi-cultural marriage, she learned a lot about the perspectives of others and faced her own challenges of discrimination. Hayley’s immediate priority is to provide leadership, professional advice and guidance on the development of the EDI/ Social justice and Inclusion agenda. This includes looking at any disparities in processes and practises that causes disproportionate disadvantages to groups of people. Any changes that are made are informed by the evidence gathered from grassroots intelligence. She hopes to play a part in helping the University achieve a truly inclusive culture for all staff ,students and visitors alike, a culture that supports everyone to thrive.

Adi Fawcett has been working in the disability sport sector to advocate and lobby for all disabled people to have the opportunity to be physically active, whether as a participant or as a performer. 

Adi Fawcett has worked in the sports sector for the last 25 years, devising and implementing programmes at the participation and performance level across a number of sports in both the UK and Australia.  She is currently working as Head of Sport at Special Olympics GB developing opportunities for people with a learning disability to enjoy all the benefits of sport and compete on the international stage at the Special Olympics World Games.

Adi’s professional career in sport started with British Rowing initially working as a sport development officer, then latterly as a Talent Development Coach on the World Class Start programme in Manchester; finding talent, introducing them to rowing and ultimately gaining selection for the GB team.  During this period Adi coached junior crews who won at every event nationally, including setting course records, coached medal winning crews at the Junior European Championships and had athletes selected for the Junior European Championships, Junior World Championships and the U23 World Championships.

In 2011 Adi moved to Sydney, AUS working for Rowing Australia and based at the New South Wales Institute of Sport in Olympic Park.  It is here that Adi started to move away from day to day coaching to managing high performance programmes and supporting athletes and coaches on their journey along the performance pathway and gaining selection to row for Australia and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Adi returned to the UK at the end of 2014 working for Volleyball England constructing and implementing a new and innovative Talent Identification programme to find and develop new athletes across indoor and beach volleyball.  This culminated in sending beach volleyball teams, representing England, to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Adi was Chief Operating Officer at Cerebral Palsy Sport leading the organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging innovation and providing continual service to the CP community.  She is an Executive member of the Cerebral Palsy Sport and Recreation Alliance (CPISRA) International Frame Running Committee, developing the sport of Frame Running globally to secure inclusion at the LA28 Paralympic Games. Adi was an undergraduate of the University of Hull studying Sociology and Social Anthropology and went onto study at the  University of Warwick graduating with an MA in Sport, Politics and Society.

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