WHEN's Blog

A selection of insightful pieces written by women who work across the breadth of the higher education sector

CONTRIBUTE

A career based on careful decisions for the here, the now and the future

Jan 23, 2019
by Kay Biscomb, Associate Dean Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton 

I have worked in Education all of my professional career and in HE for the last 22 years. Very little of my career has been in response to a mapped out strategic plan but rather best described as careful decisions made for the here and now and the immediate future.  I trained as a secondary school teacher and very early on decided that I would rather teach adults. That I knew would require me to have further degrees and I gained my first masters which was subject specific from Warwick University.  In order to pragmatically achieve this I took a 0.1...

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Where are all the BME women? My hopes for the sector and my own career

Jan 23, 2019

By Shanaz Durrant, Human Resources Administrator, UCL


At the start of her career in higher education, Shanaz considers what opportunities lay ahead of her and how she perceives the leadership positions. Shanaz also explores ideas for action - what can be done?

On the 27th March 2018, I was privileged to attend the first ever WHEN conference created and presented by Alice Chilver - and what an amazing day it turned out to be!

I was very impressed at the turn out and how much work Alice had put into putting this all together and the theme of the conference ‘Eliminating the Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education’ was an extremely topical subject to cover with the Gender Pay...

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Insights on building women’s networks

Jan 22, 2019
 By Madiha Sajid

One of WHEN’s founding principles is to support women across the higher education sector through bringing them together. And one of the most effective ways we can think of doing that, is by supporting our members in their existing university women’s networks and where those don’t exist, by supporting our members to establish and effectively run them.

Our next WHEN face-to-face event will be our Network of Networks event in January (the first meeting of all women involved in leading networks for women in their own universities).

To launch this idea and promote discussion amongst our members, we hosted our first webinar focusing on building...

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Who am I supposed to be?

Jan 22, 2019
Written by an anonymous research manager (professional services) at a Russell Group University

Exposed

Recent controversy and focus on gender issues in the workplace, the disparity with pay between genders in addition to the new D word – diversity, has suddenly made me feel very exposed.

In academia, surrounded by a wealth of hard working and intelligent colleagues, you feel inspired but also insecure that you are not contributing enough as others. The feeling to always prove your worth never leaves your side and is a small voice that unfortunately grows as you grow too.

Just being grateful

Growing up as a woman but also tangled with an ethnic background and faith has made each of...

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An unequal world contributing to gender inequality?

Jan 03, 2019
By Dr. Juliette Torabian. Juliette is senior international adviser/trainer in strategic planning and results-based project management working at University College London.
She is an education specialist whose activities have focused on three main themes:
  • Int'l project management,
  • Capacity development,
  • Public relations
Her research/professional interests include:
  • Public Policy,
  • Higher education policies,
  • Governance, quality and practices,
  • Adult learning/teaching; sustainable development,
  • Gender equality and Human Rights; comparative Int'l education.

Gender gaps persist

The adamant character of gender inequalities find their deep roots in religious texts and discourses that are...

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