Authentic Allyship: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Reic, I. (Author)
  • Frank Jordan (Author)
  • Claire Drakeley (Author)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminar/WorkshopEnterprise


Allyship is often referred to as critical to the achievement of true equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of society and in relation to all protected characteristics. Whilst the term itself is clear and understood by most on an intellectual and conceptual level, incidental evidence suggests that those who consider themselves as allies frequently hold back for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing in any given situation. This session sought to explore the various interpretations of the allyship concept of staff working in UK HE, in order to tease out the potential barriers to the allies’ full and authentic self-expression in potentially tricky EDI-focused situations.
The session was delivered in the relatively new 'walkshop' format, whereby participants self-selected into small groups of up to 8 people and discussed various case studies whilst walking outdoors, rather than sitting in a confined space.
Period7 Mar 2024
Event titleAdvance HE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2024
Event typeConference
LocationLiverpool, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Allyship
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion