Their stories

TheirStories uses personal storytelling as a vehicle for building workplace inclusion, improving employee engagement, challenging bias, countering stereotypes, and developing a culture of belonging.

Everyone has a story – the experiences that have shaped us – the challenges we have faced and overcome – our successes and our mistakes.  We can all learn something from each other’s story - that is the simple premise for TheirStories.   

Facilitated by the Staff Inclusion Team, TheirStories provides a platform for colleagues across our University to share their personal stories. This is a powerful way to engage staff and postgraduate researchers in appreciating the value of difference and also amplifying the things we have in common, creating empathy to bring to life our vision of a truly inclusive workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Upcoming events

TheirStories: Pete Burrows - ADHD, Depression and Me

Date and time: 24th November, from 13:00pm to 14:00pm

Pete Burrows, Physical Activity and Health Development Officer will discuss his career development and challenges with low self esteem and authenticity against a backdrop of severe chronic mental illness and a recent, but transformative adult diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

To find out more and book a place please sign into Develop and search for the event title in the catalogue.

TheirStories: Professor Tariq Modood – How I Came to be a Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy

Date and time: 14 December 2021, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Ethnicity Centre Director, Tariq Modood, talks about the formative influences, from birth in Karachi to failing the 11 plus in London to a PhD in Philosophy to unemployment and the Commission for Racial Equality, that shaped what he brought to the University of Bristol in 1997.

To find out more and book a place please sign into Develop and search for the event title in the catalogue.

2020 UHR Awards for Excellence awarded to the EDI Team at the University of Bristol

This is such a rewarding part of my role – I love organising these events as I see the impact they have on my colleagues. The concept is so simple – people sharing their personal and professional journeys, but the connection and inspiration it creates is so powerful – every single time I learn more about my colleagues and about myself.

Lauren Curtis, Staff Inclusion Advisor, Host of TheirStories
TheirStories Library – Coming soon
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