International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time for us to reflect on both the achievements of women and their influences on the world but also highlight and raise awareness about issues that women still face.  This year’s theme is #breakthebias, which calls for solidarity in calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2022, SUMS is pleased to share a roundtable event filmed in collaboration with key female leaders from within the Higher Education sector. The roundtable shares our panellist’s experiences and views on women in leadership and provides some insight and advice on how current and future female leaders can feel empowered to make a difference.  We wanted to know how we can shape a more equal future, particularly considering recovery from the pandemic.

Chaired by SUMS Consultant Emma Ogden, we’d like to thank or panellists Professor Jane Harrington, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich; Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of St. Andrews; Professor Zoe Radnor, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Law; Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Chief Operating Officer at Queen Mary University of London; and Jeannette Strachan, SUMS Principal Consultant for kindly giving up their time to share their thoughts and reflections.


SUMS Group Event: Women in Leadership Roundtable

View the recorded roundtable on women leaders in higher education above. Stay tuned for our follow up blog piece which will be published on Thursday 10th March.

IWD is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of success and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role.  But through breaking the bias, we must recognise the many under-represented groups that still exist – not just those based on gender. Biases around sexual orientation, race and disability among many others continue to have a debilitating impact on our ability to make real and tangible improvements to the workforce.  It is important to therefore strive to create a more genuine and equitable workforce across the board.

Initiatives supported by SUMS are attempting to challenge and resolve these biases, including coaching and mentoring support, reviews of practices and processes and workshops to facilitate opportunities for peer support and learning.

If you would like any further information or guidance on this, please contact SUMS Consultant Emma Ogden.

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