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Wednesday 13 February 2019

Creating an Inclusive Culture

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2020. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


Diversity and inclusion are not just issues of social justice, they also make good business sense. However, addressing them can seem daunting. This is a practical course to help you understand your legal and ethical obligations and implement a successful diversity and inclusion strategy in your workplace. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda than at present, and this course will help delegates understand what the law requires, and the practical steps they can take to improve inclusion.


  • Why D&I matters
  • The range of diversity: gender, race, ethnicity, class, educational background, sexuality, cognitive diversity, etc – what do these all mean and how do you identify them?
  • Why now? The legal frameworks, relevant legislation on workers’ rights, the PA’s 10 point plan
  • How to undertake a D&I audit and put together a policy
  • Developing a recruitment strategy for attracting a more diverse talent pool
  • Essential tips and tools for removing bias in the recruitment and advancement process
  • Creating an inclusive culture
  • The talent pipeline: what are the costs of losing talented staff, what role does inclusion play in this, and how can an inclusive culture enable you to retain your rising stars?
  • Quotas: the pros and cons
  • How diversity promotes innovation
  • How to build a diverse publishing list
  • Challenges of commissioning from a more diverse author base
  • The role of societies and academia in promoting diversity
  • Influencing the ecosystem: how can we encourage our stakeholders to take action on diversity?

What will you learn?

Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of their obligations in this area, plus a list of tools and frameworks which will enable then to take forward diversity and inclusion initiatives in their organizations. The focus of the course is highly practical and focussed on actions, not rhetoric.

Who should attend? (Level 2-3)

This course is primarily aimed at those with management and leadership responsibilities, and an interest in creating a more inclusive workplace. Roles might include Head of Department, Publisher, HR Manager, Director, Senior Manager


Nancy Roberts, Director, Business Inclusivity and Founder & CEO, Umbrella

Nancy Roberts photoNancy worked in publishing for over 20 years in a variety of production and operations roles, following on from the completion of her postgraduate publishing diploma at West Herts College. Until 2017 she was Global Operations Director, Academic, at Cambridge University Press. Nancy founded Business Inclusivity in 2017 to support publishers in thinking about how we can use diversity and inclusion to solve business problems and deliver a sustainable industry. Business Inclusivity is a social enterprise meaning profits are reinvested in the business to enable broader access to support. In May 2018 she also launched Umbrella, a data analytics platform currently in development, which will allow businesses to quantify diversity and inclusion and take concrete actions. As well as working on diversity and inclusion strategies, she also provides personal coaching and leadership development, and is Head of Technology and Content at Maverick. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and is currently an EMBA student at Cranfield University.

Lucy Lewis, Partner, Lewis Silkin

Lucy Lewis photoLucy joined Lewis Silkin in 2002. She was made a partner in 2009 and in 2012 opened their office in Cardiff where she manages the office and heads up a growing employment team. Lucy advises on the full range of employment issues with a focus on legal and strategic advice on redundancies/restructuring; sensitive terminations and practical advice on the operation of TUPE. She also has considerable experience of Employment Tribunal litigation having successfully defended a number of complicated discrimination cases.

Emma Richardson, Director, Worksphere

Emma Richardson photoEmma is the Director of Worksphere; a comprehensive HR service providing a holistic solution for their clients’ people needs. She is an experienced HR Director with 25+ years of frontline practice across a range of industry sectors, with strong global acumen and a demonstrable track record of delivering operational transformation both here in the UK and overseas. Emma enjoys leading and inspiring individuals and teams to deliver their goals, aligned to the strategic aims of the organisation and has an entrepreneurial, yet pragmatic spirit which she likes to deploy to help her clients find the right answer to their people needs, whether a small 50 employee organisation or a large multi-national.

logo C4DISCALPSP is proud to be a member of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications. 

Early bird rates for members - Book by 13 December 2018*

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

Members early bird            £382.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £425.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £619.00 (+VAT where applicable
Academic rates are available, please contact

Venue: West One (De Vere), 9-10 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PR, T: +44 (0)20 7034 9700 (map)
This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
Contact: Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 13 December 2018 and (ii) be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.


Upcoming Dates for this event

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