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Date published: 2010/12/07

The University of Cambridge says:

The University of Cambridge yesterday teamed up with local groups and charities to raise awareness of equality and diversity in the workplace.

People Matter Day - a drop-in session held at the University Centre - was designed to highlight the importance of wellbeing at work. It featured presentations from a range of University support services, including Occupational Health, Dignity at Work, Counselling and staff networks, as well as a vivid lunchtime performance by slam poet Hollie McNish.

They were joined by Cambridge and District Volunteer Centre, hate crime support group Open Out and local sexual health charity DHIVERSE.

The event was also a chance for staff to meet the University's newly appointed Equality and Diversity champions - Professor Dame Athene Donald (Gender), Professor Ian White (Race) and Dr Nick Bampos (Disability).

Speaking yesterday (Wednesday), Professor White said that while the University was more diverse now than it had ever been, it was important to keep responding to the needs and aspirations of its staff. "Needs are different, individuals are different. Understanding this is at the heart of the University staying competitive."

His words were echoed by Dr Bampos. "Cambridge cares about these matters. Members of staff and students make this University great, and we are committed to ensuring that this is a good place to learn and work."

Professor Donald, also the Director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, added that the University must keep listening to, and acting on, the specific needs of women at work.

All organisations seem to love wasting money on window dressing, especially politically correct window dressing. As the university bigwigs know full well, the number one problem affecting the "wellbeing at work" of their staff is the fact that most of their research and teaching (as opposed to administrative) staff are on short-term, non-permanent, contracts, and treated as second-class citizens by the permanent staff. In terms of percentages, this particularly affects women. Rather than address this problem, the university ruling elite instead prefer to ignore (indeed, perpetuate) the situation and divert attention by wasting thousands and thousands of pounds on these kind of events.

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