Inspiration and support

By women who work across the breadth of the higher education sector

Recalling a maiden in the Qin Dynasty like a grass leaf in a thousand-li distance

Dec 02, 2019

Recalling a maiden in the Qin Dynasty like a grass leaf in a thousand-li distance 

In London,/ a multicultural city, lives a Chinese woman./ The Chinese woman enjoys her exploration in books and words here,/ like riding a horse on a boat./ In retrospect of the past decay,/ she cheers herself up with her dream of being an...

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Overcoming the imposter phenomenon

Sep 11, 2019

By Ann-Marie Stephenson

WHEN volunteer

One of the most popular workshops at the WHEN annual conference was about the imposter phenomenon delivered by Dr Terri Simpkin who is an academic consultant and public speaker; and founded Braver Stronger Smarter. She has worked with private organisations, industry representative bodies, public sector organisations and governments across the...
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Case study: How Essex University eliminated its gender pay gap

Sep 05, 2019

By Opemipo Koshemani 

WHEN volunteer

I attended the Women Higher Education Network (WHEN) 2019 conference on Thursday 20 June and it was a valuable experience. It was great to network with women from other Higher Education Institutions and attend the workshops focused on achieving gender equality in Higher Education. One of such workshops was a case study on how the University of Essex...

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What can a professional services member of staff learn from listening to two highly successful academics share their career pathways?

Aug 12, 2019
By Kate Faxen

Sitting in on an academic career pathway workshop at this year's WHEN conference might seem like an unusual choice for a professional services member of staff. But actually, we’ve all faced with similar choices in our careers and hearing the inspirational stories about how Karen found herself to be the Head of the Humanities Department at Oxford University, and how...

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WHEN annual conference 2019: ''Who am I supposed to be?''

Aug 12, 2019
WHEN annual conference 2019 blog
By Madiha Sajid with contributions from Dr Susi Poli

On 20 June 2019, WHEN held its second annual conference around the theme of exploring intersectional identities through our labels. This year, we welcomed over 100 women from over 20 different universities around the UK, who set about embarking on journeys of self-exploration as we all attempted to demystify...

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Knowing your why - the most important part of starting a new business

Jun 21, 2019

An interview with Sneha Shah, founder and director of Curaty www.curaty.co  

Curaty champions early career artists by curating intellectually engaging exhibitions of their artwork in inspiring workspaces across London, with a mission to democratise the art experience for all.  

What led you to set up your own enterprise?

I studied in art school but as it was wrapping up...

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How I see myself versus how others see me

Jun 18, 2019

How I see myself versus how others see me – Is it all about labels we receive or give, coming to know who we are or are supposed to be, or is it more about leveraging these labels to fight back against stereotypes?

By Dr Susi Poli

In a short survey run in recent months, we asked WHEN members to have a say on the common practice of labelling others at first sight, in the workplace and...

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A celebration of International Women's Day 2019

Mar 11, 2019

By Clare Hewitt and Madiha Sajid

Monday morning is not usually a time when one feels enthused, inspired and ready to go out and make a real change in the world. But our group of 25 women, who had gathered for WHEN’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, were feeling all of that!  

International Women’s Day (IWD) presents a unique opportunity for call-to-action...

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How we sparked a new direction for our women’s network

Feb 24, 2019

By Kayleigh Woods Harley, the incumbent chair of the Birkbeck Astrea network.

Birkbeck Astrea is a grassroots professional development and networking initiative for professional services and administrative staff at Birkbeck, University of London who identify as women or transgender. It is run by nine facilitators from across the College, who for one year volunteer to plan and deliver six...

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Gender Equality Publication: Inside the Ivory Tower

Jan 23, 2019

Inside the Ivory Tower
Narratives of women of colour surviving and thriving in British Academia

This publication generates voice and visibility for the lived experiences of women of colour and seeks to inform policy and practice around race and gender equality in higher education. Find out about the strategies that women of colour have had to develop to be successful in academia, which is a...

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