Jiten Patel

Jiten is the Acting Head of Equality & Diversity at The Open University and has made a significant impact on the education sector through his passion for diversity and inclusion. Jiten designed and delivered an outstanding Leadership Mentoring Programme for minority groups at The OU, and is course Author for their Centre for Continual Professional Learning and Development. Additionally Jiten has specialised in ‘Positive Action’ and mentoring, and delivered pioneering diversity training to all staff at the National College for School Leadership. Jiten developed the cutting edge ‘Aspire’ programme for BAME staff, which due to its phenomenal success was extended to reach out to staff with disabilities. The unique development programme has been running for 4 years. In that time 50 people have been through it with c.20% of participants having made career related moves which they attribute directly to the Apsire Programmes. An incredible amount of endorsements showcase Jiten as a perfect example of a diversity champion.

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