Equity of opportunity

Our purpose

WHEN is dedicated to equity of opportunity for women in higher education.

Could you be our first Chief Operating Officer?

We couldn't be more delighted to be recruiting for our first COO. We're at an incredibly important and exciting time of growth and we are looking for someone who can hit the ground running.

Our method

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

Our values

Guiding everything we do

We are a space for all women

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.

We understand and value our differences 

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 are strong and supportive

We seek to share, learn from and support one another. We are stronger, together.

We go for it

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.

Our team

Volunteers from higher education institutions

We are united in our commitment and energy for speeding up gender equality in higher education. Click here to see the full Advisory board and team.

WHEN explained in 60 seconds

By our founder, Alice and friends

Our beginnings

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.


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