2019 Conference: Who am I supposed to be?

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Thursday 20th June, University College London

A day of practical exploration of intersectional themes and expectations for women working in higher education. The conference will support women to leverage their unique strengths and selves and inspire practical action towards speeding up gender equality in higher education.

Morning plenary sessions

Keynote speeches

We are delighted that Professor Kalwant Bhopal and Yasmine Boudiaf will be delivering a joint key note: Painting a picture of women working in higher education.

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In this session entitled 'How you see me vs how I see myself', five speakers will share their short, sharp personal perspective of the labels we give ourselves and that people give us.

Panel discussion

Our panel members will discuss 'How I became my authentic self', exploring their own paths to authenticity with invited questions and contributions from the audience.

Afternoon workshops

At lunch, delegates will be able to participate in a career surgery. During the afternoon, delegates are invited to participate in two workshops:

You are invited to book a 1:1, 15 minute slot with our career experts to get some key insights into how you can take the next steps in your career.

Join Sarah John and Kate Hunter, from leading Headhunting firm Perrett Laver. They are joint heads of the firm's UK Higher Education Practice and have deep, first hand knowledge of the sector wide skills gaps and recruitment approaches. They will provide transparency in this honest discussion about how headhunters really work. They will get practical and explain what are they looking for on your LinkedIn profile and CV, and explore what the best ways are to make use of them to further your career. You can ask them anything you like and expect straight, honest answers.

Join Yasmine Boudiaf, CEO Serious Datum and part-time professional services member of staff at UCL. Yasmine will explore how implicit bias in social situations often influences how we behave towards others and how we experience how others perceive us. Yasmine's company Serious Datum uses virtual reality  technology to address subtle forms of misogyny and mental health awareness in places of work. What happens when we change those unwritten rules and how does that enhance the workplace for all?

How many of us have had the feeling that we don't deserve our success? That, despite our successes, we are a fraud and will soon be found out? This is imposter syndrome. Find out more and how to overcome it with Dr Terri SimpkinHigher and Further Education Principal at CNet Training, MD of Mischief Business Engineering and a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University.

 

Always a popular session at our events, two senior women working in different institutions in different academic roles will share their career pathways with you. They will explain where their careers started and what happened at each step on the way, concluding with their top tops that could support you with your own progression. The workshop will include time for open questions and answers.

Always a popular session at our events, two senior women working in different institutions in different professional services roles will share their career pathways with you. They will explain where their careers started and what happened at each step on the way, concluding with their top tops that could support you with your own progression. The workshop will include time for open questions and answers. 

Join Susie Morgan, Director of Human Resources at Essex University (voted Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019), as she presents the case study for how Essex University have been taking long-term action to improve pay equality. Over the last 5 years, their gender pay gap has fallen by 7.2% from 24.8% in 2013 to 17.6% in 2018. The decision to eradicate the pay gap at professorial level has contributed to this fall and also closed the pay gap at this specific pay grade. There are a range of different factors that contribute to the overall gender pay gap. Essex have put in place a number of measures to address this and are undertaking further work to help them better understand the reasons for the gap. Find out more at this workshop.

Join Alice Chilver, CEO of WHEN as she facilitates a session of self exploration, helping you to identify what makes you who you are and encourages you to embrace your own identity. During the session you will build your own profile identifying your key strengths, interests and experiences and use these to help you to make choices in your career.

Early registration now open

Timing and Location

Timing to help you plan your day:

09.30 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 12.30: Plenary sessions

12.30 - 13.30: Networking lunch and career surgeries

13.30 - 14.30: Workshop 1

14.30 - 15.00: Break

15.00 - 16.00: Workshop 1

16.00 - 16.30: Closing remarks

16.30 - 18.00: Drinks reception

 

Location:

1-19 Torrington Place, University College London, WC1E 6BT.

Fully accessible venue close to Euston, Warren Street and Goodge Street underground stations. 

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