A reminder that Applications are now open for the Athena SWAN mentoring programme and Aurora participation for 2018/19 – Deadline 16th July!!
For further information on any of the programmes, follow links below:
- Athena SWAN mentoring – focuses on mentoring support for career development.
- Aurora – Leadership Foundation’s (LFHE) women only leadership programme
Please note that there will also be a Spring cohort application round (dates below). This will include the Diversifying Leadership programme which is LFHE’s leadership programme designed to support early career academics and professional services staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role.
The deadlines are detailed below. LFHE event dates can be viewed via the above links for each programme.
Date: 24th May 2018
Venue: USS.4.15, USS Stratford
The aim of this event will be to provide an opportunity for colleagues to find out more about the Athena SWAN mentoring programme as well as the LFHE leadership programme places funded for the Aurora (women only) programme and the Diversifying Leadership programme designed to support early career academics and professional support services staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Want to find out about our Athena SWAN mentoring programme? or about taking part in the LFHE Aurora or Diversifying Leadership programmes?
All welcome but space limited, please book via this link.
Come and find out more about the programmes and join our networking event. Aurora participants and mentees from 2017/18 cohort will share experiences through this interactive workshop.
You may also be interested in an evening with Afua Hirsch to discuss her new book Brit(ish) – On Race, Identity and Belonging Brit(ish); an event brought to you by the Noon Centre in collaboration with UEL’s race equality team.
Date: 3rd May 2018
Time: 5.00pm – Registration, networking and refreshments. 6.00pm – Discussion starts
Venue: Knowledge Dock, Docklands Campus
The evening will provide an opportunity to talk to Afua about her book with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker. She is the Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky News and was previously a correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian.
All Welcome!! Space is limited so please book via this link.
International Women’s Day is both a collective day of global celebration as well as a call for gender parity; this year the theme was #press for progress. Given that 2018 marks the centennial since the first, but not all, women were given the right to vote, we can recognise progress that has been made. However, we cannot be complacent and the gender pay gap and lack of representation of women in leadership in HE are clear evidence that we have a way to go. 81% of governing bodies and 78% of VCs are men and when we look at representation intersectionally black and minority ethnic backgrouds in leadership positions is under 1%. (Read more: http://wonkhe.com/blogs/views-four-female-leaders/)
Jess Moody’s (ECU Senior Policy Adviser) WONKHE blog post provides a good oversight of progress already made in the HE sector as well as the on-going need for progress. She recommends a two pronged approach; one to proactively support women through networking, mentoring and development programmes and another which focuses on the structural changes needed, through the Athena SWAN self-assessment process and equal pay audits which enable embedded action planning. To find out what UEL is doing along both these strands, please see our Athena SWAN intranet pages. If you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Women’s Day was recognised at UEL through an exhibition on each campus (Docklands, USS and Stratford Water Lane) as well as within other events such as the UEL’s Volunteering Awards. In case you missed the exhibitions, which included nominations from UEL students and staff of women who have inspired them, there is a sample below. In Stratford, we were able to celebrate Women in STEM in particular through Kate Hodgkin’s, Professor of Cultural History at UEL, celebration of the achievements of her grandmother, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, is the only British woman to have won a Nobel Prize for science.
This year, we will recognise International Women’s Day (8th March 2018) through ‘Women who Inspire’ nominations from UEL staff and students. Exhibitions will be held on each campus in the following spaces:
Docklands Campus, SportsDock, ground floor cafe area. There will be refreshments and informal networking from noon to 1 pm.
University Square Stratford – School of Business & Law are hosting a panel discussion: ‘Female UEL Graduates and Students Driving Innovation and Sustainability in organisations and their own businesses’ in USS.G.19-20, 1pm start followed by exhibition, refreshments and networking from 2pm.
Stratford Water Lane, featuring British Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, grandmother of UEL Cultural Studies Professor Kate Hodgkin and celebrating Women in STEM. There will be refreshments and informal networking from 4 to 5pm ground floor foyer of the Cass/Education building.
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