Human Resources

Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Bias can creep into any situation where individuals have the power to influence the outcome through their decisions and actions. Bias can be costly. It can cause us to make decisions that are not objective, miss opportunities and limit potential. Whether you are involved in recruitment, people development, performance management, leadership, or teaching and supervision of students, all staff should complete this e-learning module to reduce the effect of bias on their decision-making and their work culture.

Aimed at:

This course is compulsory for all staff involved in recruitment and promotion panels.

Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to explain:

  • What bias is and where it comes from
  • How it impacts on the people around us in the workplace
  • What you can do to minimise the negative consequences

Time Commitment

The core part of this course takes around 15 minutes to complete although there is optional further reading

Notes for Users

  • It has secure log in using your University email address.
  • Training can be carried out at your own pace. If you don’t want to complete the course in one session, click on 'Bookmark' before exiting the system and it will automatically take you back to where you left off when you next log in.
  • The Overcoming Unconscious Bias system automatically records who has accessed Overcoming Unconscious Bias, and progress with the training in order to monitor use of licences and maintain training records

Logging in

Log in using your University email address followed by the generic password which is 'password1'.

You will then be prompted to change your password to one of your own choice before the system will let you progress.

Click here to log in

If you experience any problems with the training module, please email HR.Training@ed.ac.uk.

Online Development Toolkit Resources

Please use the links below to access content that may be of interest to you on the topic of Overcoming Unconscious Bias: 

Belief and Bias in Decision-Making
Understanding Beliefs and Bias in Decision-Making

 

These resources are provided as part of the Online Development Toolkit which contains generic, externally developed resources which provide useful people management tools and materials which you may find helpful.  If you are using these resources you must always be mindful that adherence to the University's policies is essential and that the University's policies, guidelines and procedures should be considered in the first instance. In using this toolkit, any personal data provided by you will be used to enhance your use of the service.