Human Resources

Overcoming Unconscious Bias

An online course that aims to increase understanding of unconscious bias in the workplace

The Unconscious Bias eLearning module is currently unavailable.

We will launch a new eLearning module over the next few weeks and will update the content on this webpage in preparation for the launch of the new Unconscious Bias course.

About this course

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.


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

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 the module. Your progress with the training is recorded to monitor use of licences and maintain training records.

The course is not compatible with Apple iPhones or iPads. It can be accessed with an Apple Mac but please note you will need the latest version of Flash Player to be installed for the course to work.

Logging in

Log in with your University email address and the generic password, which is password1

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

If you are a new member of staff, you may have problems accessing the module. This is because it can take time for your details to be added to the relevant database.


If you experience any problems with the training module, please email us.

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Further reading

The Online Development Toolkit contains the following resources relevant to this topic:

Find out more about the Online Development Toolkit