Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion In The Workplace - 8 Week Duration

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion In The Workplace - 8 Week Duration

This Certification course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the main components of diversity, equity, equality, inclusion and belonging. Devised and delivered by two leading D&I organisations in the UK & Ireland, this foundation course is led by one of the UK’s most experienced D&I experts and authors, Stephen Frost, CEO and FOunder of the global impact-led D&I concultancy, Included.

Why is D&I important?

A report from Deloitte found that inclusive organisations have a competitive advantage, with higher levels of engagement, trust and career satisfaction. Employees also reported more positive experiences with hybrid working, lower levels of burnout and planned to stay with their company longer.

This certificate will help you to understand the opportunities that now present themselves for much great inclusivity in this new world of work in which we find ourselves now. You will be challenged, stretch your thinking and encouraged you to re-examine what you thought you knew.

After participating in this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the core components of D&I and its importance in the modern workplace
  • Identify the main barriers to greater D&I in your organisation
  • Devise a D&I Strategy that is right for your organisation
  • Improve recruitment methods to aid greater diversity
  • Understand how to secure buy-in from senior staff for more effective D&I activity
  • Identify the main litigation risks your organisation faces for discrimination claims
  • Advise on how to introduce more inclusive behaviour into the workplace

Who is this course for?

This certificate course will suit those in HR wanting to develop their personal and professional interest in workplace D&I. It will also suit organisations with a newly created D&I post wanting to access immediately relevant knowledge, contacts and networks.

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Course Assessment

The course consists of 16 hours of online lecturers and an estimated four hours of reading time. There is a multiple choice exam to do (duration one hour) within four weeks of the course ending together with a written assignment which has a word limit of no more than 1,000 words. Altogether there’s a time estimate of 30 hours.


8 weeks (Online every Wednesday 1 pm-3 pm, from 20th Sept)

Introduce Yourself Session -  13th Sept, 1 -2p.m - Share your priorities on D&I, and meet your coursemates! (this is not a mandatory session)

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'Introduce Yourself' Session -  13th Sept, 1 -2p.m - Meet the course moderators, share your priorities on D&I, and say hello to your coursemates! (this is not a mandatory session)


Module & Facilitator


Module 1

Steve Frost


“Diversity & Inclusion” in context

  • History – Where the subject came from, and its relationship to today’s legal understanding of workplace equality.
  • Definitions - A close examination of what is understood by the different terms such as diversity and equality.
  • Business Case - Why it’s important, and examples of where it goes right and wrong.
  • Leadership engagement and how to get buy-in for D&I at all levels.


Module 2

Raafi-Karim Alidina

Bias and You

  • Neuroscience and the theory of conscious and unconscious bias
  • Understanding how bias can impact on decision taking, recruitment and everyday workplace behaviour
  • AI the bias it may bring and the bias it may eliminate

Module 3

Rob Adediran

Building a D&I Strategy that is right for your organisation

  • Maturity model and diagnosing your current state.
  • Conducting an audit and planning your journey.
  • Determining priorities and crafting a strategy from the best identified starting points.

Module 4

Raafi-Karim Alidina

Measuring and Tracking D&I

  • The role of data in D&I, how to track and record it and how best to interpret it.
  • Diversity projections and measurement
  • Inclusion measurement and evidenced based interventions

Module 5

Rob Adediran

D&I Governance

  • Responsibilities and accountabilities in delivering an effective D&I strategy
  • Network groups
  • D&I Councils

Module 6

Lydia Collins

Talent - Recruitment, Promotion and Flexible Working

  • A close look at Recruitment, Promotion and Flexible Working
  • Explore a systems approach to debias the processes and improve performance
  •  How to introduce immediate improvements in these three key areas
  • AI and recruitment red flags to be mindful of

Module 7

Lydia Collins

Inclusivity in Action

  • Practical Examination of key areas for greater inclusivity:
  • Leadership, Language & Meetings – Balancing freedom of speech/healthy discussion with challenging dated and uninclusive language
  • AI and D&I – understanding the dangers of AI whilst maximising the benefits
  •  Case studies
  • Role play 

Module 8

Ciara Fulton, Lewis Silkin

Equality & the Law

  • Guest lecture from a leading employment lawyer on how to reduce the chances of discrimination litigation in your workplace. 

All modules will be recorded.



  • Barry Phillips
    Barry Phillips Chairman
    Legal Island

    Barry is the curator of the Northern Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Gala/Awards designed to recognise the great work many individuals and organisations are doing now relevant to workplace equality and equity. He also chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Forum which meets monthly online to discussion current D&I issues.

    Barry Phillips (CEO) BEM founded Legal Island in 1998. Since then, the company has become the leading workplace compliance training company in the island of Ireland. He was awarded a British Empire Medal in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to employment and equality.

  • Ciara Fulton
    Ciara Fulton Partner, Head of Office
    Lewis Silkin LLP

    Ciara Fulton is partner and Head of Lewis Silkin (NI) LLP.

    Ciara is dual qualified and advises on all aspects of employment law in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. She has significant experience of advising clients on the full range of employment issues including complex discrimination issues, bullying and harassment claims, disciplinary and grievance matters, business reorganisations, senior executive severances, restrictive covenants, employment related litigation and TUPE.

    Ciara’s approach is to partner with clients providing practical, commercial advice to resolve HR issues whether contentious or non-contentious. Ciara works with a variety of sectors with particular experience in the construction and infrastructure sector.

    Ciara regularly speaks on a range of employment issues at internal and external events and delivers bespoke training to clients on the differences between NI and ROI employment law. Ciara is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group and the NI Representative for the Employment Lawyers Association. Ciara is also a legally qualified member of the Appeals Tribunals NI.

  • Lydia Collins
    Lydia Collins Associate Consultant

    Lydia joined Included as an Associate Consultant in 2022 and supports the delivery of client work across the 5 key Service areas

    Previously, she worked with the Student Success department of Pearson, supporting 300 students with varying needs in attaining their Master’s Degrees. During her time at Pearson, Lydia was involved with D&I initiatives, and Pearson Able (for employees devoted to the inclusion of Disabled people).  Lydia was invited to represent Pearson Able in meetings with the CEO, and Chief Diversity Officer during her time at Pearson. Outside of this, Lydia co-created a community of learners and activists as part of community group EDIT (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Thread), running workshops on topics from microaggression, to loneliness, to accessible activism, during the pandemic.  

    Lydia led the Global Changemaker Award winning Imagine a Day Team as UK Manager, and delivered projects in Kosovo, Brazil, New Zealand, and the UK. In Kosovo, this was the first inter-ethnic post conflict resolution workshop of its kind, and Lydia later presented her research on this project at the International Drama in Education

  • Raafi-Karim Alidina
    Raafi-Karim Alidina Consulting Manager, Data & Product Lead and Co-author

    Raafi is Consulting Manager, Data & Product Lead at Included and co-author with Stephen Frost of Building an Inclusive Organization. He is also a contributing author to The Key to Inclusion (July 2022).

    His recent client work has encompassed engaging the leadership of several FTSE100 and Fortune500 companies. He has run successful anti-racism programmes and training that goes beyond the “what” and “why” and provides tools for how to mitigate these biases in the workplace.

    Raafi has a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. His articles and work on D&I have been featured in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and radio and television programs across North America, Europe, and Africa.

  • Rob Adediran
    Rob Adediran Head of Consulting

    Rob is Head of Consulting at Included. He brings his leadership and management experience and his diversity, equity, and inclusion expertise to bear in client-facing delivery and team management ensuring that the consulting team is perfectly positioned and supported to deliver sustainable change.

    Rob received his MBA from Cambridge University whilst CEO of arts education charity Music Masters. There he was instrumental in establishing sector wide initiatives to drive greater inclusion across the music industry and to upskill a national workforce of musicians and creatives. In 2020 he joined the in-house equity, diversity, and inclusion team at the Royal Academy of Engineering building equity, diversity, and inclusion research and delivery programmes for industry and higher education.

  • Stephen Frost
    Stephen Frost CEO & Founder

    Stephen is a globally recognised diversity, inclusion and leadership expert, and founded Included in 2012. He leads the team and works with leaders around the world to embed inclusive leadership in their decision-making.

    From 2007-2012 Stephen designed, led and implemented the inclusion programmes for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Organising Committee. From 2004-2007 Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall. Stephen has also led D&I at KPMG and worked in advertising and consulting.

    Stephen was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard. He remains a Visiting Fellow of the Women and Public Policy Program. He has won various awards from the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum to one of Management Today’s Change Agents for his race and gender work.

    He has taught Inclusive Leadership at Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University and Sciences Po in France and advised the British Government, Royal Air Force and the White House. He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (2014), Inclusive Talent Management (2016) and Building an Inclusive Organization (February 2019).

Event details


Every Wednesday 1pm - 3pm (8 weeks)


20 September 2023




Certificate Course + Assessment

Standard Rate
£1,795 +VAT