University of Northampton hosts first conference at new Waterside campus

News Page 10th September 2018

The University of Northampton’s new Waterside campus will host its first conference next week.

The fourth annual Approaches to Inequalities Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 19 September, will focus on issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Keynote speakers include Vanessa Bettinson, a professor in criminal law and justice and co-founder of De Montfort University’s Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network, and Pragna Patel, a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and Women Against Fundamentalism. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism.

The conference will also host a separate breakfast seminar for local employers and HR professionals looking at the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace with a panel of speakers including employment law solicitor Graham Irons from Northampton-based law firm Howes Percival and an equality officer from Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council (NREC), as well as University of Northampton lecturers in Law and Human Resources. To book onto the seminar please email

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Mairi Watson, said “We are delighted to be hosting the Approaches to Inequalities conference and welcoming local businesses and organisations, as well as highly regarded academics, to our fantastic new town-centre campus”.

You can find out more information, and book tickets for the conference, by visiting the event page.


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