WHEN is dedicated to equity of opportunity for women in higher education.
WHEN helps women*, achieve their ambitions and works with institutions to remove systemic and cultural barriers.
* WHEN we refer to women, we include trans women and non-binary people who are comfortable in a female centred community
Guiding everything we do
We are different races, ages, roles, sexualities. Some of us are disabled, some of us are religious, some of us have children. We have different home lives, different roles, different levels of seniority. We take an intersectional approach and unite as women.
Our differences are our strength. Being open to sharing our backgrounds, experiences, approaches and opinions is essential. We don’t cast judgement, we listen.
We seek to share, learn from and support one another. We are stronger, together.
We use initiative to get things moving and encourage others to do the same. We are busy professionals but will find time to focus on what is most important to us.
Volunteers from higher education institutions
A grassroots network for women
In 2013, Emma Todd and Alice Chilver founded Astrea: a grassroots network for women at UCL. Astrea aimed to address the under-representation of women at the highest levels of the institution, bringing women together to share experiences, skills and support one another’s professional development. The value and benefits that the network brought to individuals and to UCL were significant. The appetite, enthusiasm and support from women was unrelenting. Through WHEN, Alice seeks to deliver these same benefits to women and institutions across the sector.