Changing the status quo

Hosting bold, meaningful events to support women in higher education

Upcoming events

All events are currently taking place online.

Silence the Women, Silence the Suffragettes:

16.00-17.00, 31st March 2021

The University of Greenwich's Dr Claire Eustance will discuss some of the ways ‘the suffragettes’ were treated during the long campaign in Britain for the vote and women’s rights. This event aims is to help focus thoughts on what can be learned from this history and how we might move forward following the recent shocking events in connection with the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

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Leveraging male allies: together we are stronger

13.00 -14.00, 16th April 2021

We are delighted to welcome our male colleagues, friends and allies to join us as we explore and seek to maximise the roles of our male allies. Dr Manuel Alonso and Prof Andy Dainty both based at Loughborough University will provide personal reflections on why gender equality is important to them and share tips for being an advocate and ally.

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Member networking for mothers of babies and toddlers

10.00-11.00, 27th April 2021

An event for WHEN members. Whether you have returned to work or are on maternity leave, there's no doubt that the last months won't have been as you'd have hoped or imagined. We come together to share insights and experiences and to feel connected and supported. For anyone feeling isolated or concerned, especially please join us for a friendly, informal get together. 

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A warm welcome to WHEN's new members

10.00-11.00, 7th May 2021

A warm welcome for all new members of the network. In this session Alice Chilver, WHEN's founder and CEO will introduce you to WHEN and explain how you can make the most of your membership. Alice will introduce the directory, online community and mentoring programme, plus you will meet other members and start to feel part of the community.

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What has 40 years of body image research taught us?

12.00-13.00 12th May 2021

Dr Gemma Witcomb is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Loughborough University. Her research interests are broadly centred around gender, body image, and eating behaviour and the interplay with mental wellbeing across a broad spectrum of populations including children, adults, post-partum women, those suffering with eating disorders, and transgender individuals. 

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Celebrating the Impact of Staff Networks

10.00-11.30am, 12th May 2021

Hosted by De Montfort University in collaboration with Loughborough and Ulster Universities with representation from LGBTQ+, BAME, Women’s and Disabled staff networks. All WHEN members are welcome and the event will take place via Microsoft Teams. Registration and Booking details will be released soon.

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100 Black Women Professors NOW: Launch Event

14.00-15.30, 2nd June 2021

There are only 25 Black Women Professors in UK Higher Education. This has got to change and we must take action now. That's why we are launching the 100 Black Women Professors NOW programme. We will be working with Black Women Academics and their institutions to take meaningful action and speed up the pace, accelerating career progression now and for the future. Join us as we mark the launch of this exciting initiative. 

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Women on Boards and in non-exec Director Roles

10.00 - 11.00am 9th June 2021

Have you ever considered joining a board, becoming a non-executive Director? We hear from Fiona Hathorn, CEO of Women on Boards as she explains the 7 Reasons why being on a board is good for you, society and your career.

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WHEN's annual conference: The Future is Ours:

6th - 10th September 2021

We are so excited to announce dates for this year's conference: The Future is Ours. We will come together to embrace uncertainty, challenge our institutions and ourselves. Spread over a week for ultimate convenience and flexibility, we will be joined by a range of impressive women from across and beyond the higher education sector. This is the highlight of the year for WHEN members and something you do not want to miss.


Past events

All event recordings (except for networking) are available for members to watch in the members' webinar library

How to be a great mentor

Join the mentoring scheme

Mentoring Launch Event: all welcome!

Networking: sharing tips on managing remotely

You, the Menopause, your brain and your body

Network of networks: Sharing good practices

Taking control: How to say when it's not ok

Love leadership: celebrating compassion

Keeping on top of everything: A COO perspective

Working from home: An academic's reality check

Should I share parental leave? What research reveals

Maternity leave & Covid-19: how am I coping?

VC Prof. Susan Lea: my own leadership & resilience

Exploring how womens' leadership during crisis

Keep updated

For the latest news and event updates


Webinar Registration 

Join us at 11.00am GMT on Wednesday 6th May 2020.