Unconscious Bias – for Staff

A Participate staff session

Heard of unconscious bias, but unsure what it really means, or the impact it could have on your school? Join us for this session to help you and your team develop an understanding and awareness of how unconscious bias works, and learn strategies to help reduce its negative impact.

Available as

  • Online training
  • OR
  • In-person training


  • 2 x 90-min sessions online
  • OR
  • 1 x 3.5 hour session in-person


  • Maximum 20 participants
  • Ability to tailor for you

Want to learn more? Read on for detailed information about the course. Contact our team on info@tonictheatre.co.uk or make an enquiry for further information and bookings.

Why train with Tonic? We are a leading EDI training provider, offering courses designed specifically for the arts and creative environments. But crucially, each time you book a course with Tonic you also help support our work driving change across the industry. Win, win.

“I think this was really useful for us all to take stock and look at the way we teach and how that can affect the students not only whilst in our lessons but also for the rest of their lives.”

Faculty Member

About the Course

Our Unconscious Bias training is aimed at those who are new to the topic or who are keen to refresh/increase their knowledge, and spend time thinking about how our unconscious bias impacts our interactions with students and staff alike.The training will provide staff with a clear understanding of what unconscious bias is, the impact it can have on how we make choices and interact with one another, and the role it can play in negatively impacting the diversity of an institution’s workforce, student body, and quality of training.

Participants are guided through a structured process of thinking around how unconscious bias can begin to be addressed, providing tools and actionable ‘takeaways’ so they can start making progress immediately.

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Tonic Advance Network workshop. Photo by Tom Lovatt.

What we’ll cover

  • What is unconscious bias?
  • Different types of bias
  • How it plays out in the workplace and the negative impact it can have
  • What this means practically for individuals in their roles, and you as an institution
  • Practical tools and ideas to help address and mitigate unconscious bias in your working lives

You’ll come away with

  • An understanding of what unconscious bias is and how it manifests
  • Comprehension of the ways in which it may negatively impact both your work, and the learning environment for students
  • A set of strategies and tools with which to address unconscious bias in your institution
  • Further ideas on areas specific to your work in which these tools may be applied to drive a positive change

Course details

  • Available both online OR in-person
  • Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online, OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in-person
  • Maximum 20 participants

Keen to learn more? Make an enquiry or contact our team at info@tonictheatre.co.uk for further information.


Yes, please email info@tonictheatre.co.uk to arrange a time to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

Yes, we would be happy to discuss bundling this course with others that we offer. We can also create bespoke sessions just for you. Find out more on our bespoke training page or email info@tonictheatre.co.uk to discuss what we can do for you.

We deliver our online training through live Zoom sessions. We provide links and look after all the technical set-up. You and your colleagues simply need to log on. If you have any access queries in relation to our online training, please contact info@tonictheatre.co.uk

Participate is Tonic’s programme of training created specifically for schools, colleges and conservatoires in the performing arts. It’s designed to help both students and staff address a range of topics in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, to help them cultivate a safer and more inclusive training environment, and to provide advice and tools they can take with them.
Find out more

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Participate. Training created specifically for students of performing arts colleges and conservatoires, and their teachers.

Make an enquiry

All enquiries welcome! If you are interested in booking this course, or just need some more information, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Or email us direct at info@tonictheatre.co.uk.

Tonic – For greater equality, diversity and inclusion in the arts