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Dr Frances Ryan
Freelance Journalist and Commentator
Dr Frances Ryan is political journalist, best known for writing and talking about most things to do with inequality. She has a doctorate in political theory, with a research focus on inequality in education in Britain, and occasionally teaches at The University of Nottingham. At the start of 2016, she launched a new weekly austerity column for The Guardian: ‘Hardworking People’. She also has a recurring disability column in the Society section of The Guardian.
Frances has appeared on radio shows such BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘The World Tonight’, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC London, and LBC. In the past few months, she has guested on BBC ‘Sunday Politics’, ‘Sky News’, and BBC ‘The Big Questions’.
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Diversity in the workplace should not be about boring quotas and ticking boxes: it’s about what fresh perspectives different types of people can bring to the table. Either through disrupting thought processes, challenging assumptions or simply by being their brilliant selves, this panel know first-hand what being different and including different perspectives can mean in terms of fuelling creativity. The children’s media industry misses out creatively if we overlook differently-abled and neurodiverse people. Creativity is the lifeblood of what we do, after all! This lively panel brings together some amazing and diverse talent to discuss how inclusion in working teams…