Transform your workplace by raising awareness of language impact, identifying workplace culture, and using the power of inclusive language with this fully online course.

Course Overview

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to foster a truly inclusive workplace environment. Traditional training programs often overlook the nuances of gender-sensitive learning, especially within STEM sectors where prejudice and discrimination persist. Language in the workplace can unwittingly perpetuate gender inequality and create hostile environments.  Research indicates that gender inclusive, gender neutral and non-sexist language is a significant component of embedding inclusive practices within the culture of the organisation. Research also affirms that gender-inclusive language is pivotal for embedding inclusive practices organisation-wide. By participating in our workshop, you'll gain awareness of language's role in workplace dynamics and learn to communicate inclusively and respectfully. Together, we can start to cultivate a culture of diversity and equity in STEM and beyond.

Course Details

Through this course, Improving workplace practice: Embedding inclusive language and cultural norms, you will be able to connect knowledge and skills with industry-related, impactful research and innovation, developing employees that are highly valued by employers and adding value to communities. Most importantly, you will develop the skills and deepen your knowledge of how you can use language that not only improves motivation and productivity but also fosters a dynamic, creative and inclusive workplace environment.

The objectives of the course are:

1. To broaden your awareness of issues and concerns around language and how it impacts men and women in the workplace.
2. To develop your ability to identify what the dominant culture is within your workplace, and if there are any norms which impact on women being excluded
3. To provide you with an in-depth understanding of acceptable and unacceptable language use in the workplace.
4. To improve your communication skills with regards to incorporating inclusive language and practices in the workplace.

The course employs findings from Sociolinguistics, and business and organisational research to generate insights on using gender inclusive language in job advertisements and workplace interactions. Through observation and reflection, you will be able to evaluate your own workplace culture and make recommendations on how to use respectful language sensitive to cultural and linguistic differences.

How you'll be taught

You will be provided with a well-designed, research-informed course manual which will allow you to independently engage with the content of the course at your own pace, which would be around six hours of self-learning. You will also attend two 3-hour sessions of online workshops.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a Scottish resident to be eligible for this funded intake, with full funding provided by the Scottish Funding Council and is ideal for those operating a business or working in Scotland. 

Change to Course Dates

Replacing original dates for June.

  • Part 1: Thursday 22/08/24, 9.30am-12.30pm

  • Part 2: Thursday 29/08/24, 9.30am-12.30pm

There will be material shared before the start of the course for participants to read ahead of the course.

*NOTE: This course will also be available in September 2024. The date is to be confirmed.