Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences*.

If you would like to raise your awareness of unconscious bias, where it might occur and how to help you overcome it, then please access the University’s online training course Overcoming Unconscious Bias Online Course using the login instructions.

The materials will help you:

  • to increase your general awareness of a variety of types of unconscious bias
  • to discuss and debate unconscious bias in matters relating to recruitment, selection and progression of staff and students in the university
  • to understand the impact of unconscious bias in teaching and research environments
  • to encourage staff to question themselves around organisational practices that perpetuate bias.

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For any Unconscious Bias queries please contact Vicky Hall on ext. 82277.

*ECU: 2013 Unconscious bias in higher education