Inspiration and support

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

Baby development during lockdown

May 19, 2020

A discussion with Gill Goodliff: Parent, grandparent, retired senior lecturer in early childhood from the Open University and now volunteer at HomeStart. Written by Alice Chilver, CEO of WHEN, with thanks to Gill  and local mothers in Bicester who took part in the discussion.

I met Gill, whilst she was volunteering at a ‘Stay and Play’ session at my local community hall,...


Essential tips for supporting colleagues on parental leave

May 19, 2020

Written by Amy Major, Chloe Milano and Alice Chilver, all currently on maternity leave from their respective roles at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (Amy) and University College London (Chloe and Alice). 

Parental leave is daunting at the best of times. It’s a huge change, certainly full of excitement, but potentially fraught with anxiety around a departure from the...


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