2nd January 2001




Equal Opportunities Minister Margaret Hodge MP is to visit the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in Lincoln later this month to discuss workforce diversity.


The minister will tour the campus and attend a lunch meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday 17th January to discuss plans for a Diversity Day to be held at the university on 31st January.


She will meet senior figures including Prof Keith Bardon, Deputy Vice Chancellor of ULH, Marilyn Hawkins, Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council and Principal of Grimsby College, and Suzanne Sampson, Vice President of the Lincolnshire of Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Lincolnshire Diversity Day will focus on the business case for action on diversity and the latest developments in employment law, and practical help will be given to employers seeking to achieve a diverse workforce.


The event is being organised by the Lincolnshire Equal Opportunities Reference Group and is supported by the university, the Lincolnshire TEC, the Employment Service and Lincolnshire Careers and Guidance Services.


“As a university we understand the link between access and diversity for students and access and diversity for employees,” commented Peter Taylor, Human Resource Manager at ULH.


“Together the visit of Mrs Hodge to the university and the staging of Lincolnshire Diversity Day will ensure that issues of workplace diversity continue to move up the agenda.”


Margaret Hodge MBE MP is the Member of Parliament for Barking and was joint chairman of the House of Commons Education and Employment Select Committee before being given her ministerial portfolio.


She has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment and Equal Opportunities since July 1998.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)


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