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Aurora and mentoring application – Deadline 16th July!!

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. ​

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Diversifying Leadership and Career Development at UEL

Date: 24th May 2018

Time: 12.00-2.00pm

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 – a celebration and a call to #press for progress!!

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:

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

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.

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International Women’s Day – Exhibitions, refreshments and networking

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.

Follow on Twitter: #PressforProgress


Book Launch – Inside the Ivory Tower

Narratives of Women of Colour surviving and thriving in British Academia

To take place at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF

Go to the eventbrite page to book your place 

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the book launch of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’ and celebrate this rare opportunity that brings the voices of 10 Black British Female Academics to the forefront.

This book places the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia at the centre of analysis, positioning academia as a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy where women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success. It explores how the experiences of the contributors are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day to day experiences in the academe, from subtle micro-agressions to overt racialised and gendered abuse. Presented as a selection of auto-ethnographies, each chapter touches on common themes such as invisibility, hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences. It is a must-read for anyone interested in equality within and beyond academia.

You can find out more information about the authors here:

This event is a chance to meet 9 of the academics involved (listed below). It will be a celebration of the book and the authors, with refreshments, a panel discussion, performances and an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book.*

Event outline:

Welcome from Professor Nora Colton, Acting Vice Chancellor, UEL

Keynote – Dr Deborah Gabriel, co-editor of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’

Contributors talk about their chapters

Q&A session

The book can be pre-ordered and please do send in any questions you have for the panel who will do their best to answer them at the event.


Dr Deborah Gabriel – Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media & Communication at Bournemouth University & Founder & Director of Black British Academics

Professor Shirley Anne Tate – Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University


Professor Claudia Bernard – Professor of Social Work & Postgraduate Research, Goldsmiths University

Dr Jenny Douglas – Senior Lecturer In Health Promotion at the The Open University

Dr Ima Jackson – Lecturer in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Josephine Kwhali – Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry UniversityProfessor Heidi Safia Mirza – Professor of Race, Faith & Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London. (unable to attend)

Dr Elizabeth Opara – Head of the Department of Applied & Human Sciences at Kingston University

Aisha Richards – Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at UAL; Founder & Director of Shades of Noir

Dr Marcia Wilson – Head of the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience, University of East London

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HeForShe gender equality event – Tuesday 20th February 2018heforshe image

Venue: University of East London, Docklands campus, University Way, London E16 2RD

ALL students and staff welcome