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Seminar Series - Silent and Strange voices: Why are there so few women Vice Chancellors?

Date: 23 January 2013 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Paula Burkinshaw

Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University

'Silent and Strange voices: Why are there so few women Vice Chancellors?'

In this seminar I will present an overview of my research which is exploring the under-representation of women at Vice Chancellor level in UK Higher Education through gender and feminism lenses.

I have been fascinated by the issue of 'the missing women' in Higher Education Leadership throughout my career in leadership development, most recently working in the Sector and seeing the conundrum for myself. Not that there is a shortage of women overall, given the numbers of women students, administrators and early career academics, so much so that the Sector is now experiencing 'feminisation' apparently.

Despite this, where are the women 'at the top' and why are there so few? In the seminar I will talk about my findings from the conversations I have had with 18 women Vice Chancellors, hitherto silent and strange voices, and conceptualise this data using 'communities of practice of masculinities' as my theoretical framework.

I will also situate my research in the context of the growing discourse about 'the missing women at the top' across all Sectors, beyond Education. Finally I will consider what my research says about how things might change for women coming through.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, Educational Research


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