Spread over five days for optimal convenience and flexibility, join us for a practical exploration of intersectional themes related to women working in higher education. The online conference will explore explore key opportunities for achieving a step-change in gender equity, empowering you to embrace uncertainty, challenge your institution and challenge yourself for positive change.
Here's just a few of the incredible women speaking at this year's conference
Select from the ticket types below to receive a special early bird rate
This includes access to the full conference including keynote speeches, panel discussion, workshops and networking session. (This special early bird rate is available until 23.00 6th August.)
10.00 - 10.15, Monday 6th Sept
Founder and CEO of WHEN, Alice Chilver will introduce WHEN, set the scene for the conference, welcome participants and explain how the week will unfold.
10.15 - 12.30, Monday 6th Sept
Our keynote speakers will explore 'where are we heading and how do we achieve gender equity in hybrid work environments', followed by Q&A.
11.00 - 12.30, Tuesday 7th Sept
Our panel members will discuss 'Our future demystified: a new reality'. They will explore the possibilities of a new reality, supporting us to learn from what others are already doing.
12.00 - 13.00, Wednesday 8th Sept
In the fast paced setup of our pecha kucha 'Be the change: Breaking the mould, challenging convention', be inspired by stories of women who are being the change they want to see.
14.00 - 15.00, Friday 10th Sept
Not to be missed! From the comfort of your home and with your drink of choice in hand. You'll make new connections in this interactive session, where we make networking online fun.
Workshops for practical action will take place throughout the day on Thursday 9th September. More workshops are being confirmed weekly. Here's what's on so far:
One way to take positive control of your job and career is through a concept called “job crafting”. This session will show you how to do it.
Through interactive exercises and activities this workshop will explore how colleagues can apply the latest thinking about how to design their own personal approach to work through job crafting. Leaving the session participants will have: - an understanding of how job crafting can support diversity and inclusion strategies - learnt and experimented with some job crafting tools and techniques - a clear understanding of the benefits of bringing job crafting to life and how to do this - had fun and been engaged.
Workshop Facilitator: Rob Baker
Rob is a specialist at bringing job crafting and ideas from positive psychology to life through consultancy, interventions, workshops and coaching. Rob is the author of Personalization at Work by Kogan Page which was a finalist at the 2021 Business Book Awards. He has presented to organisations and conferences about job crafting around the globe. Tailored Thinking, the company Rob founded in 2017, was named HR Consultancy of year by the CIPD in 2020.
Website: www.tailoredthinking.co.uk | Twitter @bakerrjm | Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/rjmbaker
In this session participants will explore some of the complex and controversial issues around disability and LGBTQ+ equality in higher education and discuss practical ways in which you can support trans women in your own organisation and be a better ally to trans women more generally.
Workshop facilitator: Sarah Stephenson Hunter
Sarah explores trans inclusion within the H.E. context using a mix of openness, humour and sensitivity, whilst drawing on her own personal and professional experiences as a blind trans woman working at Nottingham University, Birmingham University and The University of Oxford.
With around 3.5 million women aged between 15 and 65 years currently in employment in the UK, women now represent nearly a half of the UK labour force. That makes menopause mainstream and as important as any other occupational health issue. Greater awareness among managers of the menopause as a real occupational health issue
This workshop will explore the latest examples of best practice in relation to policy's and frameworks that help organisations and managers better understand the impact of menopause and how best to support women.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr Heather Curry MBE
Managing Director of Menopause Matters Ltd which runs the award winning website www.menopausematters.co.uk and author of the award winning book, 'Menopause, answers at your fingertips'
The goal of our sessions is to understand unconscious bias through non-judgemental dialogue. The purpose is to encourage awareness, understanding, and inclusion. We encourage open dialogue in private conversations. We believe in diversity both as a means and a goal. We explore prejudice by encountering the person. We don’t lecture but answer questions. We discover the individual beyond the stereotype.
Workshop facilitator: Ronni Abergel
Ronni is the inventor of the Human Library
We believe that individuals have the power to shape their environments so that they become more diverse, equitable and inclusive. The most effective "Inclusive Influencers" blend personal agency with a pragmatic understanding of the systems that they are part of.
This session will provide participants with an opportunity to assess the current ‘inclusion maturity’ of their institutions, as well as a model for critically reflecting on their own approach to influencing. Using these insights, they will devise and road test a plan of action that will help them to have a genuine impact on inclusion.
Workshop facilitators: Jo Bostock MBE & Jenny Barrow
Jo Bostock specialises in working with clients to develop high-performing, inclusive cultures that make the most of their diverse talent. She primarily works with senior leaders and people managers on what inclusive leadership means to them in practice. Jo takes a pragmatic and systemic approach to exploring how people can exercise influence to actively shape their environments.
Jenny Barrow has been working in the field of Inclusion & Diversity for over 15 years. Throughout her career, she has worked with senior leaders, managers and teams to equip them to build inclusive cultures, ultimately leading to improved organisational performance.
Using a participatory approach, this session will explore why women wait to be prompted before they apply for promotion, and discusses ways women should seize opportunities and put themselves forward for their career progression.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr Anatu Mahama
Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Academic Woman - a fresh, new quarterly magazine, packed with powerful and positive stories, for women working in academia. We shine a spotlight on the successes and the challenges that women face in this often male-dominated world. Twitter: @theacademicwmag | LinkedIn: TheAcademicWoman
The Covid-19 pandemic has left many of us reflecting on some big questions about our lives, what is important to us and how we can achieve greater satisfaction. This small group, interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to consider their own personal values, and what this might mean in terms of how they live their lives and go about their work. This workshop has been adapted from a programme run at the University of Cambridge to support and embed our Professional Services staff values of trust, respect, integrity and collaboration.
Workshop Facilitator: Jenny Rampling
How a systems thinking mindset can help us to find clarity amongst complexity.
In this introductory session you will get familiar with the concept of systems thinking and explore how it can support progressive momentum building when it comes to achieving greater equity.
Workshop Facilitator: Professor Yasmin Merali
Professor of Systems Thinking
The University of Hull
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Co-ordinator of the Human Library
Dean of EDI, Open University
Director of the Gender Initiative, Harvard Business School
Journalist and Broadcaster
Founder of Menopause Matters
Founder of Human Library Organisation
Co-Founder of Women's Sport Trust & Director of Pause Consultancy
Chief Executive, The Runnymede Trust
Partner and Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau Birmingham
Founder, Tailored Thinking
Disability and LGBTQ+ speaker, trainer and podcast host
image by Shawn Ryan
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Academic Woman
Research Associate, Aston University
Athena SWAN Engagement Lead, UCL
EDI Advisor, Manchester University and Trustee at GM4WOMEN2028 and 'Pave The Way’
Vice-President, University of Southhampton (Incoming)
|Dean of the Rhodes Scholarship|
Founder and CEO, WHEN
PR and Communications Officer, Loughborough University
Director of People and Organisational Development, Manchester University (Incoming)
Inclusion & Diversity Specialist
Scientist and Social Entrepreneur
Senior Programme Coordinator, 'ourcambridge' University of Cambridge
Professor of Systems Thinking, University of Hull
Although we will miss the opportunity to get together in person, there are a number of reasons why we are really looking forward to delivering this online.
Got a question about the event? Take a look at the answers below
What does my ticket cover?
Member and non- member tickets (including the early bird rate) all allow particpants to access the following:
*participants are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish subject to availability. Workshops will mostly take place on Thursday between 10am – 4pm. Some workshops may overlap. Some workshops will have limited capacity and attendance will be granted on a first come first serve basis.
Can I buy tickets for just one day?
No. Tickets can only be purchased for the entire event week.
Can I get a refund or discount if I can only attend part of the conference week?
Refunds are not available for partial attendance. If you are unable to make one or more of the sessions, you can opt to purchase the recording bundle that will be available after the event for an additional £5. Please be aware that recordings will be made subject to the permission of the speakers and so not all content will be available after the event.
Can I cancel my tickets / what happens if I can no longer attend?
Tickets are non refundable except for in exceptional circumstances. If you believe you have an exceptional circumstance that has prevented you from attending, please email [email protected] with details and evidence to support your claim. Decisions on refunds are at the discretion of the organizers.
What if I can’t attend all of the days/events on offer?
Refunds are not available for partial attendance.
How is the event being delivered?
The event is being delivered virtually.
When will I receive the links to the events?
You will receive links to each of the elements of the conference 48 hours before the start time.
When will I find out the times of the workshops?
Workshop timings will be released in August. Be sure to keep checking the website for updates. More workshops are being added weekly.
How many workshops can I attend?
Participants are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish subject to availability. Workshops will mostly take place on Thursday between 10am – 4pm. Some workshops may overlap. Some workshops will have limited capacity and attendance will be granted on a first come first serve basis.
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Help to speed up equality.
We are recording the entire conference. So if you weren't able to join us for the live event, you can still access all of the content. Shall we let you know when it's ready?