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Gender in HE

Gender in Higher Education Conference 2022: Current, complex, contested: Conversations about Gender in HE

A one-day conference bringing together higher education experts in gender equality to address the gender imbalance in higher education.

While gender has been on the agenda in HE for many years, the nature and focus of the conversation is expanding. Long-standing issues such as the under-representation of women in STEM subjects and in senior leadership, sexual harassment, and the need to support pregnancy, maternity and caring responsibilities continue to require attention. And they are joined by newer areas of enquiry including considerations about gender and inclusion, intersectionality, connections and tensions between sex-based and gender-inclusive rights, and the place of gender in learning and teaching, and in models of leadership.

Advance HE’s Gender in HE Conference is an opportunity to explore this growing agenda, consider the implications for HE institutions and reflect on the practical steps they can take to navigate its complexity. Keynote speakers and interactive sessions will cover a range of topics including:

  • Gender and the inclusive curriculum
  • Challenging gender barriers in leadership thinking and practice
  • Gender and inclusive student support
  • Gender and sex: navigating definitions, rights, tensions and commonalities

Join the conversation at #GenderHEConf22

Date: 16 June 2022
Location: thestudio, Birmingham
Who: Individuals who are championing gender equality and women who are seeking to develop their careers in more senior roles within HE

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09:30               Registration and Refreshments

10:00               Welcome

10:05               Keynote: Global issues and challenges for gender  equality in higher education 

Helen Mott, Research Consultant and Author of British Council report Gender Equality in HE: Maximising Impacts

10.25               Keynote: Ain’t I a woman? - Intersectionality in gender equality

Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred, Senior Advisor EDI, Advance HE

10:45               Keynote Q&A

11.00               Break

11.15               Unconference (Bar Camp) Session

Full details to be circulate to delegates before the conference, seeded topics to include:

  • Integrating gender into research and innovation with a specific focus on the Gender Equality Plan  

12:15               Lunch

13.15               Workshops:

Workshop 1

Conversations about sex and gender: creating space for safe disagreement and challenge

Dr Flora Renz, Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice, University of Kent

Workshop 2

Where are we going with the gender pay gap?

14:10               Break

14.20               Workshops:

Workshop 3

Tackling gender inequality through global partnerships

Sally Baden, Senior Adviser (Equality Charters), Advance HE and Dr Hannah Bartlett, Reader, Aston University

Workshop 4

Challenging gender binaries in leadership thinking and practice

Cindy Vallance, Assistant Director (KID), Advance HE

15.15               Panel Discussion: Defining sex and gender: responding to the challenges of categorisation

David Bass, Associate Director EDI, Advance HE

Speakers to be confirmed

16:15               Close

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Gender in HE Conference Programme



Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred

Senior Adviser, EDI
Advance HE
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred is a Senior Advisor in EDI at Advance HE. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Lindy-Ann brings over three decades of experience in a range of education sectors both nationally and internationally.

Cindy Vallance

Assistant Director, Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery
Advance HE
Cindy Vallance
Cindy Vallance (she/her) is Assistant Director, Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery at Advance HE. Cindy has over twenty years’ experience in higher education. She is an accredited executive coach and has held senior leadership roles in universities in the UK and in Canada. Specialist areas of experience also include organisational development consultancy, leadership facilitation and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Sally Baden

Senior Adviser, Athena Swan
Advance HE
Sally Baden, Advance HE
Sally joined Advance HE’s Equality Charters Team in October 2021 in a new role as Senior Adviser, providing strategic guidance to members on how to use the Athena Swan (AS) Charter effectively as a vehicle for progressive change in gender equality.

Helen Mott

Research Consultant, Helen Mott Consultancy
Helen Mott
I provide consultancy and conduct research, write reports, policies and strategies, develop evidence-based training programmes and deliver training for clients mainly in the public sector concerning gender equality (including my academic specialism of violence against women and girls / sexual harassment); diversity and inclusion.

Dr Flora Renz

Senior Lecturer in Law
University of Kent
Dr Flora Renz
Flora joined Kent Law School in 2017 as a Lecturer. Flora was previously a Lecturer in the Law School at City, University of London. Flora’s research interests lie broadly in the area of gender, sexuality and law and the legal regulation of identities.

Hannah Bartlett

Reader, Optometry
Aston University
Dr Hannah Bartlett
Hannah has been Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion at Aston since 2019. She oversees Athena SWAN across the institution and is actively supporting Aston’s first Race Equality Charter submission. She led Aston’s successful silver Athena SWAN submission in 2018. Hannah co-founded inspiring Women at Aston and leads a range of working groups tackling issue around the pay gap, inclusive recruitment, supporting disabled staff and students, supporting Black staff and students, and decolonising the curriculum.
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