Working towards thriving and not simply surviving as a woman in Higher Education

  • Start Date: June 14, 2023 at 11:00 am
  • End Date: June 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm
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  • Location: Room C17, Monica Partridge Building, University Park
  • Ticket Price: 0.00

Join us for this exciting workshop to hear from and network with three inspiring speakers about the role of women in Higher Education (HE) today.

The event, which is supported by the university’s Women’s Staff Network, includes a participatory workshop on Thursday 14 June in room C17 of the Monica Partridge building, University Park, between 11am and 1pm.

The workshop will be co-chaired by Dr Isobel O’Neill and Dr Katy McKenzie (UoN), and begin with a panel session including Professor Jo Brewis (Open University), Dr Angela Dy (Loughborough University) and Dr Suzanne Ross (Nottingham Trent University).

Each panellist will draw on their experiences and knowledge about women’s careers within the UK higher education setting.

The aim is to consider potential best practices in the sector and reflect on why and how some initiatives fall short.

We will then create space for small group discussions on the insight and evidence we’ll hear and invite attendees to evaluate possible steps HE institutions could take to lead to action for improving inclusivity to support all to feel a sense of thriving in their roles in Higher Education.

This will be followed by the opportunity to continue conversations over lunch.

About the speakers

Professor Jo Brewis joined the Open University in April 2018, having worked previously at the universities of Leicester, Essex and Portsmouth. Her research interests fall into two broad categories. First is the intersections between the body, sexuality, gender, emotions, identity, organizing and organizations, including publications on menopause transition and women’s economic participation and methodological considerations in organization studies deploying queer theory. The second is academic practices in organization studies research, including publications on research ethics and peer review.  She is the co-author of the 2017 government report The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK. As an independent panel member for Menopause Friendly Accreditation amongst other activities, she is working to further the menopause in the workplace agenda.

Dr Angela Martinez Dy completed her PhD research focused on Business and Management, with an emphasis on digital enterprise and intersectionality. She was a Programme Director at Youth Speaks Seattle, where she enjoyed teaching and mentoring young people. Angela then began teaching at the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University Business School, before joining the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London. Angela is an active researcher and is currently involved in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise and Digital Women UK.

Dr Suzanne Ross is part of the Executive Education team in the Business School. Her role comprises academic leadership, teaching, research, and consultancy. Suzanne is the Programme Leader for the Post Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business. Suzanne is a lead consultant on in-company Organizational Consultancy and Leadership Development Projects working across Public, Private and Third Sectors. She is also a facilitator and Business Coach for the NBS SME provision, facilitating on the government funded Help to Grow Management programme and previously the NBS Upscaler programme for SME’s growing their business. A qualified Executive Coach, Suzanne is a member of both the International Coaching Federation and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Suzanne’s research interests are: Leadership resilience, resilience in entrepreneurship, leadership behaviours, emotional intelligence, the ‘dark side’ of leadership, leadership derailment.

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