Member benefits

WHEN is the national network for women working in higher education professional services roles. The network provides an opportunity for women to expand their professional networks, develop there capabilities and shape their future in the sector. There is enormous, untapped knowledge, experience and expertise within our reach. The network provides the opportunity to unlock this to the benefit of one another, as well as our institutions and the sector as a whole. 

Expand your network

Connect with, learn from, share with and be supported by female colleagues at all levels working in other higher education institutions across the sector. Build your network through face to face events as well as enhancing your online presence and capacity for networking remotely. Specific benefits:

  • Membership of a vibrant community, connected online through a private LinkedIn group
  • WHEN Newsletter, delivering monthly news, opinion and thought leadership
  • WHEN Members Event, enabling you to build your network by invitation to an annual, complimentary event 


Develop your expertise

Build your skills and experience through training and events that are designed for you. There's so much generic training that doesn't take into account our higher education context, or our roles as professional services staff. Through the network you will have access to training and events that have been thoughtfully designed specifically for you. What's more WHEN events are grounded in action, so you'll aways take away ideas about exactly what you can do to use your new knowledge. Specific benefits:

  • Invitations to tailored networking and speaker events, including the WHEN Annual Conference for Professional Services Women and the WHEN Annual Meeting of Leaders of Women’s Networks
  • Access to bespoke training, e.g. unconscious bias training or how to set up in-house networks
  • Submit and receive job and secondment opportunities

Shape your future

Be part of the conversation. We will address the few key issues that will make the biggest difference to us. We will make existing practices work harder and smarter for us. Examples include: Job sharing; Flexible working; Part-time working; Shared parental-leave and career pathways. Specific benefits:

  • The yearly WHEN Report, sharing global best practice in higher education equality and diversity
  • The opportunity to showcase your institution, including equality and diversity achievements, and increase coverage in national and specialist media