Thriving in your Career Pt 2 - a free face-to-face event for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic colleagues

Kindly sponsored by ALN, EBSCO, RLUK and SCONUL
Registration is now closed

About this event

Date: Friday 9th June 2023
Optional Tour: 11.00 - 12.00 noon (see below)
Main Event: 1.00 - 4.30pm (see programme below)
Available places: 50
Closing date for bookings: 2nd June 2023
Venue: In person, University of Leeds (Edward Boyle Library Conference Room)

This free face-to-face event hopes to build on the collaborative and supportive event we ran in June 2022.

It continues the theme of how we can best thrive in our careers, whether we are looking to progress into a new role or want to develop in our current one, and includes space for us to recognise the structural barriers that stand in our way.

We encourage staff at all grades to attend.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon, provided by our sponsor for the event, EBSCO.


The full programme is available here - it includes:

  • Keynote: Are you sitting comfortably?...  
    Josh Sendall, Deputy University Librarian at the University of Leeds 
    Josh will share a short story which has had a significant influence on his career. It’s a story about change and how different characters react to it. The story will no doubt resonate with many! Embedded within it are important practical lessons which can be taken away and applied to the various challenges and opportunities which we’ll all continue to face in our careers.  

  • “Time to Talk about your career” sharing session led by Siobhan Haime and Shirley Yearwood Jackman, for which we'd welcome themes or questions to be addressed via our form

  • This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and reflect on your career - where you are now, what you would like to achieve and what is needed for you to ‘thrive’ as a professional. We will discuss what professional development looks like for you, how you might plan for the future, and where you may find new opportunities. This workshop will provide a space for both reflection and interaction, as we will invite you to share your experiences and to address questions around professional development as a group. Through this session, we hope you will positively develop your capacity to learn skills, network and explore opportunities, as well as be able to connect with other participants and build your support network.

  • The launch of our new group - the Global Equity Network (GEN)

  • Lightning talks - confirmed talks from Jen Bayjoo, Siobhan Haime, Viv Bell and Naomi Smith - see programme for full details

Tour of Brotherton Library 
There will also be an optional tour of the Brotherton Library, prior to the main event, from 11:00 until 11:30. This will be followed by tours of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery from 11:30 until 12:00. Please could those participating in the tour report to the Brotherton Library Reception just before 11:00?