Embracing equality, diversity, and inclusivity
At ICMP, we’ve long championed equal opportunities, respecting differences and creating a welcoming environment for all. We work hard every day to advocate for equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), ensuring you’ll never be disadvantaged due to your age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or disability at our college.
This commitment to our values is upheld by ICMP’s dedicated EDI Committee. By giving EDI the attention it deserves, we support and nurture our community, empowering each individual to strive for greatness.
Our six EDI objectives
Our EDI Committee is committed to achieving the following six key EDI objectives:
- Everyone working for and studying at ICMP will have an awareness and understanding of our EDI goals and help us ensure they underpin everything we do.
- Our staff population should be reflective of the student body, the local and wider community, and the needs of the industry.
- Our student body should be reflective of the local and wider community and the needs of the industry.
- ICMP’s approach to the values of equality, diversity and inclusivity will be communicated to and understood by all relevant stakeholders.
- We will monitor data to access the impact and effectiveness of the committee activities; eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity, and fostering good relations between different groups.
- Staff and students will be supported with training and development to understand and advance our ICMP values.
Our EDI Committee members will continually review, promote and report on ICMP’s plans and progress in the creation of an equal, diverse and inclusive environment across all our services. The team will also instigate, advise, develop and monitor our EDI policies.
Our EDI Committee is made up of students, staff members and a dedicated Student Officer. You can meet them here.
Paul Kirkham (He/Him) • Chief Executive
EDI is important to me because it implies and creates fairness; it removes disadvantage; and we gain so much more ourselves by widening our horizons and including in our professional and personal lives individuals who have different backgrounds, different experiences, different knowledge and different talents. Before working at ICMP, I travelled the world for 15 years, living and working in many diverse countries such as Nicaragua, Bangladesh and Nigeria, and I came to understand that life is so much more than just our own narrow histories and opinions. The world is a very big and diverse place and we can grow so much as individuals if we embrace life in all its amazing manifestations. So I would like to bring to the EDI committee a sense of open-mindedness and curiosity about other cultures, other opinions and other ways of living and experiencing life.
Olivia Besly (She/Her) • Head of HR
EDI is important to me as I believe everyone should be able to reach their full potential. I have experience in making the necessary changes in practices to support underrepresented groups and I look forward to sharing these with committee members.
Monday Osarobo (He/Him) • EDI Student Officer
Investing in EDI is an integral part of ensuring that ICMP is a safe space for all. The diversity of the student body is part of what distinguishes the Institute and is one of ICMP's greatest strengths. Ensuring that underrepresented groups are identified and presented with tailored opportunities means that all students will be able to take full advantage of what ICMP has to offer and hone their craft irrespective of their differences. I passionately believe that embracing our differences will ensure our interconnectedness as an institution and enable us all to better ourselves as people and as creatives. As ICMP's EDI Student Officer, I will contribute to a safer environment for students where inclusivity, equality and celebrating diversity are intrinsic daily practices of the institution.
Sam Jones (He/Him) • Music Business Teaching Fellow
Over the last 15 years, I’ve worked extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa, partnering with cultural relations organisations such as The British Council, Goethe, Hivos, working in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and many other countries. Through this work, I advocate for EDI when working as a creative producer and as an educationalist. I’m passionate about work that challenges dominant cultural norms which often unconsciously exclude people. I believe that learning from and participating in each other’s culture builds solidarity and valuable civil society. I’m committed to contributing, where I can, to work that leads to step changes towards equality, diversity and inclusivity and I’m proud to be a part of this activity at ICMP.
Yvonne Ile (She/Her) • Deputy Programme Leader for UG Performance Programmes
I have spent my entire life trying to shake-off labels and perceptions that I did not create, that do not belong to me and that I don't even know I have. I know that I am not the only one who has experienced this - as a Young, British-born, African Woman, my protected characteristics are challenged every day. I believe that it is extremely important for everyone to receive representation; people can connect when they are able to identify with something or someone. As a Creative - as an Artist and as an Educator, I understand the importance of facilitating safe spaces and environments for individuals to flex their truth and diversity. I am trying to be the change we desperately need.
James Brister (He/Him) • Industry Liaison Manager
I've always been taught to pursue ways in increasing my awareness of the people around me and to strive for a more fair, kinder and inclusive society. As the Husband to a Black Woman and father of two multiracial girls, that pursuit and awareness has become sharpened and magnified so if my being on the EDI Committee can continue the same sort of growth at ICMP, I'm proud to be part of it.
Terri Cash (She/Her) • Community and Widening Participation Manager
EDI became apparent to me once I joined higher education as a student. Having grown up in inner-city London I didn't believe due to my environment that there wasn't equality and diversity amongst my peers. Once I saw how low diversity was at higher education my career just naturally took the trajectory of making education and opportunities accessible and open to all. I am a qualified youth worker spending 5 years empowering young people to find their paths, apply for employment and education opportunities, and these skills I've transferred and developed through my career in HE to widen access. Yes sometimes these conversations can be difficult but they must be had and be championed by all. I am excited to be a part of this committee where I feel my voice is valued and we are making a change.
Simon Phillips (He/Him) • Disability Adviser
To me, the EDI agenda represents open-mindedness, interest in the differences between us all and acceptance that we all have different backgrounds and equally valid ways of perceiving/interacting with the world around us. I'd like to reinforce this attitude throughout ICMP (through the work of this committee) and bring my professional experience of working in disability support (and the wider world of EDI in general) for over 10 years.
Hannah Trott (She/Her) • Access and Participation Manager
For me, EDI is about ensuring that everyone is empowered to fulfil their potential and access the opportunities they wish to pursue. I have experience supporting students from under-represented groups to understand and access opportunities in education and beyond. It's important that ICMP is an inclusive and open-minded community, where experiences can be shared and learned from.
Tony Harris (He/Him) • Dean of Academic Studies
I grew up in Birmingham where living and working in a diverse community is the norm. I've since spent my career in education settings where the core principles of social justice, tolerance, understanding and fairness are paramount. In my experience, the happiest, healthiest and most vibrant communities are ones where 'differences' are visible, valued and celebrated. ICMP is proud of the diversity of its community but needs to do more to promote this and to support those who are under-represented. The EDI Committee and its members are committed to ensuring ICMP plays its part in changing our society for the better.
ICMP abhors antisemitism in all its forms and is committed to tackling antisemitism in Higher Education. In this regard, we have agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism as follows:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Further information on the IHRA and this working definition of antisemitism can be found here.
The Committee has selected a number of awareness days, weeks, and months we intend to celebrate with our community during the academic year 2021/22. This will encompass initiatives such as student and staff-led events, content creation and sharing (blog articles, social media), email campaigns and more.
23.09.21 • Bi Visibility Day
01.10.21 • Start of Black History Month & ADHD Awareness Month
04-10.10.21 • Dyslexia Awareness Week
10.10.21 • World Mental Health Day
01.11.21 • Start of UK Disability History Month & Men's Mental Health Month
01.12.21 • World AIDS day
03.12.21 • International Day of Disability
25.12.21 • Christmas (seasonal celebration)
16.01.22 • World Religion Day
27.01.22 • Holocaust Remembrance Day
01.02.22 • Start of LGBTQ+ History Month
01.02.22 • Lunar New Year
08.03.22 • International Women's Day
21.03.22 • Neurodiversity Awareness Week
21.03.22 • International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination
31.03.22 • Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility
01.04.22 • Stress Awareness Month
26.04.22 • Lesbian Visibility Day
21.05.22 • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
01.06.22 • Start of Pride Month
14.06.22 • Men's Health Week
22.06.22 • Windrush Day
01.07.22 • Start of South Asian Heritage Month
If you’d like to find out more about EDI, our committee members would love to hear from you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.