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Negotiating Gender & Caste in Higher Education: A Grand Rounds Discussion


5.30pm-7.30pm, Thursday 27 June 2013, followed by a drinks reception

G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Post discussion report from Caroline Selai and Sushrut Jadhav, Co-Directors, UCL Cultural Consultation Service

Contributions and case studies from:
Professor Shubhada Maitra, Centre for Health and Mental Health, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.  Professor Maitra is visiting UCL under its International Teaching Excellence Bursary Scheme

Professor Avatthi Ramaiah Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.  Professor Ramaiah is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics.

Welcome and introduction by Professor Nick Tyler, UCL Pro Provost East and South Asia, Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering.

Does our gender or caste - as teachers or students - matter..? How are our experiences of teaching and learning shaped, enhanced and challenged by the interplay of our own characteristics such as gender or caste and by those of our teachers..? And how are these influenced by the wider culture of an academic department or discipline, the culture of the university as a forum for learning and teaching, and the broader aspects of the host culture..?

Gender is one of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. The House of Lords recently voted in favour of a clause to make 'Caste' a protected characteristic, making discrimination on the grounds of 'Caste' illegal. What are the implications for our experience at university..?

This first CCS Grand Round brings together two distinguished visitors from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and a panel of speakers. Our visitors will share a case study each on gender, and on caste, followed by response by the panel.

We invite you to join the discussion and reflect with us.

This panel discussion has been convened by Dr Sushrut Jadhav and Dr. Caroline Selai, Co-Directors, UCL CCS and supported by UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction

Register here


Welcome and Introduction to CCS Grand Rounds

Dr. Caroline Selai & Dr Sushrut Jadhav

Co-Directors, UCL CCS

Opening remarks

Prof. Nick Tyler

UCL Pro Provost East and South Asia

Negotiating Gender in Teaching and Learning

Prof. Shubhada Maitra

Centre for Health

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Response (TBC)

Negotiating Caste in Teaching and Learning

Prof. Avatthi Ramaiah

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India


Mr Nanda Kanuri, PhD student, UCL

Ms Yemi Oloyede, PhD student, UCL


Professor Xiao Guo, Pro-Provost for China, Hong Kong & Macau

Dr Ian Scott, Convenor, UCL Grand Challenges

Q & A from audience

Closing Remarks

Drinks Reception

Roberts Foyer

What are the Grand Rounds?

The objective of the CCS Grand Rounds is to create a safe space for inter-cultural dialogues in higher education institutions; and generate research questions. The Grand Rounds will also allow for stimulating debates on concrete cultural issues that impact on learning within a teaching-research environment across all disciplines and academic settings. For further information about the CCS, please contact Dr Caroline Selai, c.selai@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Sushrut Jadhav, s.jadhav@ucl.ac.uk

What is the UCL Cultural Consultation Service?

The CCS aims to enhance learning and teaching outcomes for students and staff facing cross-cultural and social conflicts. The CCS is supported by the UCL Office of Vice Provost International. This initiative is in keeping with UCLs vision on internationalization of curriculum, global citizenship, and inter-cultural interaction.

The service is free. We will usually offer a initial meeting during to discuss your situation in detail, in an informal, friendly and confidential atmosphere. We also provide specialist services. These are bespoke packages designed to address specific requirements of institutions and services, and include consultations to health professionals and the business sector. We also conduct a range of international outreach teaching and research activities including the setting up of CCS hubs in other universities. More details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ccs

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