There has been significant progress in all areas of gender equality in the last decade but at times this is slow, and some may say at risk of even going backwards due to the pace of change.
The Advance HE annual staff and student statistical report shows us that despite comprising the majority of staff working in UK HEIs (54.4%), women remained under-represented among academic staff, staff in SET subject areas and in senior management roles.
Stories and views on Women in HE
‘Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights’
Tracy Bell-Reeves, Director of Programmes and Events at Advance HE, explains why Hillary Rodham-Clinton’s words from 1995 still strike a chord 25 years later. Read the blog here
Women in HE – accelerating change to tackle treatment and inclusion of women
Alison Johns, Advance HE CEO, highlights some of the stark statistics about women’s representation in higher education ahead of our Women in HE Conference: Conditions for Change - how can we accelerate change that tackles the treatment and inclusion of women? Read the blog here
Women’s Leadership in Higher Education
Norma Jarboe, Founder and Director of WomenCount, discusses women's participation on boards and the challenges of sustaining the progress that has been made. Read the blog here
Is bullying cutting short careers in many academic institutions?
Ahead of our Women in HE Conference 2020, Jenny Garrett, career coach and member of the panel discussion on sexual misconduct, harassment and violence in the workplace, argues that bullying could be cutting short women’s careers in academia. Read the blog here
Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme (SWLDP)
SWLDP (formerly Leadership Matters) is one of our women-only programmes designed specifically for women in senior positions in HE to help them take the next step up or extend their role, profile and impact.
From difficult to transformative – the art of handling those hard-to-have conversations
Barbara Bassa, Advance HE Senior Leadership Development Adviser and director of the Senior Women's Leadership Development Programme, points the way to conversations that build strong relationships and improve organisational performance. Read the blog here
Australian HE institutions recognised for work to eliminate gender bias
Thirteen Australian higher education institutions have been recognised for their efforts to improve gender equity and diversity, receiving Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Awards as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. Read the blog here
Women in HE Conference 2020
The conference will consider all aspects HE relating to gender equality for women, including diversity on boards, gender pay gap and demystifying our understanding of this, sexual harassment and violence, women into leadership roles, the work-life balance and the glass cliff with a focus on intersectional approaches that span multiple aspects of diversity.
EDI Workshop Series
During 2019-20 we will be running a series of workshops focused on equality, diversity and inclusivity topics to support practitioners, managers and leaders within HE institutions across the UK.
Aurora is Advance HE`s leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.
Aurora case studies and stories
In partnership with the Brunel University, Robert Gordon University, University College Dublin, and the University of Edinburgh, we have created four institutional case studies to share learning and insight from participating in Aurora; Aurora institutional case studies.
Finding my identity: reflections on Aurora
A year on from commencing Aurora, Rosie Russell from the University of Edinburgh offers some reflections on attending Aurora and its lasting impact. Read the blog here
How a women-only programme impacted my career
Suzanne O'Brien, Director of Student Experience and Student Recruitment, Canterbury Christ Church University, explains her path to becoming a facilitator on Aurora and her leadership journey. Read the blog here
Would you like more information on Aurora?
Request an information pack containing links to the Aurora brochure, case studies, videos and links to each of the cohorts for Aurora 2019-20.
Support in Women’s Careers in Higher Education
Advance HE has published a report, What Works: Supporting Women’s Careers, designed to offer practical insights to support women’s career progression.
The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within HE and research.
Advance HE membership provides access to our Accreditation packages, one of which is the Athena SWAN Charter.
“You’re too nice to be a surgeon”
Emily Hotine, Athena Swan Coordinator in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, explains the impact and biases created by patient perceptions of female surgeons. Read the blog here
Eight ways to demonstrate impact in an Athena SWAN application
Following the receipt of a Silver Athena SWAN award under the expanded charter, Dr Cheryl Smythe, Babraham Institute’s EDI team lead, reflects on their approach to demonstrating impact within their application at the recent Research Institute Advisory Group workshop. Read the blog here