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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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Speakers

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

Helen Mott

Research Consultant, Helen Mott Consultancy
Dr Helen Mott
Dr Helen Mott is a research consultant in the field of gender equality and women’s rights and a specialist adviser to public bodies on the prevention of sexual and gender based violence, in the workplace, in schools and universities, and in public spaces.

Keynote: Ain’t I a woman? - Intersectionality in gender equality - Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred, Senior Advisor EDI, Advance HE

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.

Workshop 1: Conversations about sex and gender: the future of legal gender project - Dr Flora Renz, Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice, University of Kent

Dr Flora Renz

Senior Lecturer in Law
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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.

Workshop 2: Where are we going with the gender pay gap? - Alison McGrand, Senior Employment Policy Adviser and Rebecca Gregg, Research Analyst, UCEA

Alison McGrand

Senior Employment Policy Adviser, Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)
Alison McGrant
Alison joined UCEA in 2018 as a Senior Employment Policy Adviser and works as part of the Employment Policy and Advice team on the delivery of UCEA's HR advisory services to members. This includes guidance on employee relations and industrial action; immigration; developments in employment practice in HE; changes in employment law and working with colleagues on UCEA’s gender, ethnicity and intersectional pay gaps work including joint work with the sector trade unions on the gender pay gap.

Rebecca Gregg

Research Analyst, Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)
Rebecca Gregg
Rebecca (Becky) joined UCEA in 2019 as a Research Analyst. She is the lead for UCEA’s gender, ethnicity and intersectional pay gaps reporting survey, sickness absence survey and workforce survey and provides labour market and economic analysis to support UCEA in representing its members in national pay negotiations.

Workshop 3: Tackling gender inequality through global partnerships - Sally Baden, Senior Adviser (Equality Charters), Advance HE, Dr Hannah Bartlett, Reader, Aston University and Ana Paula Booth, Consultant, Going Global Partnerships, British Council.

Sally Baden

Senior Adviser, Athena Swan
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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.

Hannah Bartlett

Reader, Optometry
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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.

Ana Paula Booth

Consultant, Going Global Partnerships
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British Council
Ana Paula Booth
Ana Paula has over twenty years` experience of working in international organisations in the UK and overseas, including the Pan America Health Organisation in Brazil.

Workshop 4: Challenging gender binaries in leadership thinking and practice - Cindy Vallance, Assistant Director (KID), Advance HE

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.

In conversation: Defining sex and gender: responding to the challenges of categorisation

David Bass, Associate Director EDI, Advance HE

Professor Alice Sullivan, Professor Sociology, University College London

Professor Zoe Radnor, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Law (ULaw)

David Bass

Assistant Director, Membership (Scotland, Wales, Ireland)
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Advance HE
David Bass
David leads the strategic development, planning and delivery of Advance HE’s programme for universities and colleges in Scotland. He brings a wealth of experience working with the Scottish sector, in governance as well as strategic planning and management, SFC Outcome Agreements, and equality and diversity.

Alice Sullivan

Professor of Sociology
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University College London
Alice Sullivan
Alice Sullivan is Professor of Sociology at the University College London (UCL) Social Research Institute (SRI). She was Director of the 1970 British Cohort Study for ten years, from 2010 to 2020. She is now Head of Research at SRI. Her work has spanned education, social mobility, health and, most recently, debates on sex, gender and data collection.

Professor Zoe Radnor

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Law
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The University of Law
Professor Zoe Radnor
Professor Zoe Radnor is Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Law (ULaw). Zoe is a member of ULaw Executive Board specifically focused on the provision of high quality, innovative academic teaching and developing excellence in research and thought leadership.
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Programme

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 circulated to delegates before the conference. 

12:15               Lunch

13.15               Workshops:

Workshop 1

Conversations about sex and gender: the future of legal gender project

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?

Alison McGrand, Senior Employment Policy Adviser and Rebecca Gregg, Research Analyst, UCEA

14:10               Break

14.20               Workshops:

Workshop 3

Tackling gender inequality through global partnerships

Sally Baden, Senior Adviser (Equality Charters), Advance HE, Dr Hannah Bartlett, Reader, Aston University and Ana Paula Booth, Consultant, British Council

Workshop 4

Challenging gender binaries in leadership thinking and practice

Cindy Vallance, Assistant Director (KID), Advance HE

15.15               A contested view, in conversation with Alice Sullivan

David Bass, Associate Director EDI, Advance HE

Professor Alice Sullivan, Professor Sociology, University College London

16:15               Close

Unconference Session - Bar Camp

At the Gender in HE conference 2022, we want to provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from key speakers on a range of topics relevant to the current complex and contested topics around gender equality in higher education.

You may be familiar with the concept of an ‘unconference’ session or event if you’ve heard of or taken part in a ‘World café’. The purpose of an unconference is to give delegates an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.  More than just ‘networking’, the unconference is a participant driven meeting where delegates decide what to talk about, with whom and in what ways. At the conference, we’ve allocated one hour this space. All sessions/ideas are welcome. 

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