A series of online events taking a closer look at biased and exclusionary practices in life sciences research and how we can overcome these issues to achieve equitable and representative science. The series considers four key aspects of life sciences research: basic research, working with human participants, data science and the environmental impact of research.
Each event is 1.5 hours long and begins with a 15-minute introduction and interactive activity to encourage attendees to actively engage with the topic at hand. There will then be 2 speakers, each giving a 20-minute presentation followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.
You are encouraged to attend as many events in the series as possible- regardless of your own research focus or methods.
This series is organised by the Inclusive Research Collective.
For more information visit https://www.inclusiverc.com/inclusive-research-practices
In December 2020 we ran our first formal event 'Building Equality in Education'
We were joined by four excellent speakers for an intersectional analysis of how we can build equality in education.
The event featured a panel discussion with speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences, followed by an art raffle featuring a number of wonderful artists who submitted pieces. See below for profiles of our speakers and artists to get a taste of what Creative Tuition events are like!
Watch this space for new events coming early 2021!
Dr Hamied Haroon, he/him/his
Receiving the University of Manchester’s Staff Volunteer of the Year Award in May 2019
Research Scientist, University of Manchester
Dr Hamied Haroon has worked as a Research Scientist at The University of Manchester since gaining his PhD there in 2005 in biomedical magnetic resonance imaging. When Hamied became a member of staff he was shocked when all the support available to him as a disabled student suddenly disappeared! He was elected Chair of the University’s Disabled Staff Network as soon as it was established in 2007, and the Network’s first proud moment was to achieve dedicated support services provided by the University for disabled staff! In 2013, Hamied became Co-Chair of the Network with Melanie Sharpe, and together they organised the groundbreaking “What Are We Hiding?” national conference for disabled staff on 6th June 2014 focussing on hidden disabilities and the hidden contribution of disabled people to the economy. The success of this conference won them the University’s inaugural “Making A Difference Award for Equality & Diversity” in May 2015. At this conference, Hamied launched the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN), of which he is chair, an umbrella “super-network” to connect and represent disabled staff networks in the tertiary education sector, although open to anyone interested. Hamied won the University’s Staff Volunteer of the Year Award 2019 for being a “tireless campaigner”.
Emily Boys, she/her
Emily is a Bristol-based Chemistry Teacher passionate about closing the educational inequality gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children.
"I believe all children have the right to have an excellent education that shouldn’t be hindered by socio-economic background, race or gender."
Tiegan Bingham-Roberts, she/her
Final Year English Student, University of Bristol
"I am a first-generation University student passionate about Children, Education, and Poverty Alleviation. At University, I hold a position of responsibility as an Equality and Outreach Officer for The 93% Club Bristol, which involves reaching out to our wider community and engaging with related organisations working towards the same mission of education equality and social mobility."
The 93% Club Bristol is the UK's first University society for state-school educated students, which has recently expanded to over 20 other Universities nationwide. Tiegan will be sharing with us the purpose of the society, its goals to increase social mobility through equal opportunities, and passion for ending education inequality.
Dr Jazmin Scarlett, she/her
Jazmin is a British-Caribbean earth scientist, who has a chronic physical disability and is queer, and will be sharing with us her experiences in the least diverse STEM discipline in the UK.
From an early age, she has had a fascination of geography and science, and is now a volcanologist, researching volcanoes and the people who live with them, in the Caribbean and Europe.
Connect with Jazmin via her Twitter
Click on arrows or scroll down below the bios to see more of each artist's work!
Kemi Oloyede, she/her/they/them
Kemi is an Analytical Chemist/Toxicologist, freelance illustrator and digital artist (she/her/they/them). Kemi's illustration style can be likened to dynamic comic and manga illustrations but with a softer and more mellow twist. Their work was born out of boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic and was in part used to uplift those in the queer Black community, and highlight those in underrepresented fields.
See more of Kemi's work at their website and connect with them via Twitter and Instagram
Bella Hornby, she/her
“I’m a London based artist who has always had a passion for creating. I’m currently working with acrylics in an abstract style, but I pride myself on working with many mediums in an experimental way. The abstract pieces I have recently been creating began to form over lockdown when I decided to make the leap of faith and begin selling my work. My partner bought me a beautiful set of acrylic paints last year that had been tucked away and since taking them out 8 months ago, they’ve rarely been put back.
I’ve always loved art and creativity, having studied it both at school and then later studying History of Art at the University of Leeds. But it was the time I had over the last year that has allowed me to experiment with finding my own voice as an artist. Art has always been a form of expression for me and ultimately it is why the arts as a whole, now more than ever, needs to be encouraged and celebrated. I am in the process of training to become an art teacher, to do exactly that, and help younger people unlock that untapped creative potential, especially those who may not have those opportunities offered to them. I sell my work through Instagram currently, taking commissions on my account @artbybeana but am in the process of selling my work on Etsy and online. I hope people find a sense of joy and playfulness in my work, as well a passion for colour, as it is all these things that inspired me to create these abstract expressions of the world, I see around me.”
Photo Credit: Steve Cross
Hana Ayoob, she/her
Hana Ayoob is an events producer, speaker and illustrator working in science communication. She's passionate about bringing people together to explore and challenge science. Hana studied zoology at university and continues to indulge her interest in weird and wonderful animals by drawing and talking about them. Hana is passionate about representation within STEM which led to her cofounding Minorities in STEM, a platform to support and showcase BAME individuals working and studying in STEM fields. She is also a co-host of the podcast ‘Why Aren’t You a Doctor Yet?’ which explores science, technology and popular culture in an intersectional way.
Jake Cox, he/him
Jake is an illustrator working with pen, ink, and digital collage: @jakecox.ink
"I’ve never not drawn, there were always pens and pencils in the house. I grew up watching cartoons, and as a kid loved reading comics like the Beano. I’ve always thought that art is just a really good form of escapism – if you’ve got access to the tools you need to be creative it’s much harder to feel bored or unfulfilled because there will always be imaginary worlds that you can inhabit.
I'm struggling to write about my personal experience of inequalities in education and the industry because as a cishet white man, I've never had to overcome any boundaries to get to where I am. Talking to my female and BAME mates has opened my eyes to the inequalities that many do face though. These conversations as well as the huge amount of resources we now have access to on the subject have made it easier than ever to educate myself, but I acknowledge I still have so much more to learn. One of the biggest things that I have come to understand though is that representation is incredibly important to making people feel heard, and without fair access to education, this will never be possible.
This raffle is such a cool and exciting way to make tuition accessible so that these underrepresented people are able to express themselves and get their voices out there. Art is a really powerful form of storytelling."
Adryan Tunde Abii-Smith, he/him
"My name is Adryan Tunde Abii-Smith, my pronouns are he/him, I am 28 years old and I live in London, UK.
I took up illustrating during lockdown. I actually started getting into it after a visual design course I took for UX/UI, and then repurposed my design skills for illustrative purposes. I started illustrating family and friends during lockdown, I thought it would be a really quirky way of staying in touch and also improving my own skills. Of course, after practicing and becoming obsessed with it, I started to delve into the art side of illustrating and tried my hand at expressing myself in ways that reflected me and my own aesthetic. Most of my illustrations are depictions of black people doing everyday things, posing and just 'being'. I found black people to be my main inspiration and drive behind this funky art practice I took up. Many pieces, although beautiful, depict our struggle and painful history. My simple pieces are meant to be light and pleasing on the eye... I hope that comes across!
I went to high school in London over 10 years ago and definitely felt that great opportunities skipped many of us who didn’t attend Grammar schools and Private schools. Certain industries that are now thriving weren’t really presented to us as an option, thus leaving us to really ‘hustle’ in our later years. I am however optimistic for the future, with certain individuals like Marcus Rashford making impactful change and utilising their platform to spearhead equality."
Connect with Adryan and see more of his work @chidiabiistudio on Instagram