21 February 2018
We are here to #PressforProgress, as we celebrate International Women's Day 2018. The Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

All interested staff members are invited to our International Women’s day and Suffrage anniversary event on the 8th March 10.30 till 12.30 in the Private Dining Rooms.

This year we have a guest speaker Dr Paula Burkinshaw to share the findings of two of her areas of research with the group:

  • 'A generational lens on women in leadership especially how older women already in senior roles and younger women coming through are seeing things differently'
  • 'The benefits and challenges of networking for women in higher education leadership and how women can make more of networking in their careers'

Paula is passionate about women’s career development so is delighted to be joining Lancaster on IWD 2018 (the centenary of the Representation of People Act which granted some women the vote), particularly as she has a fond relationship with the university. For sometime Paula was responsible for leadership development at Lancaster and her experience here together with her earlier career in this field prompted her to embark upon a PhD in the Department of Educational Research asking ‘where are all the women (in leadership)’ and ‘why are there so few women vice chancellors’?

As higher education is not alone in suffering from a lack of diversity in leadership Paula positions her research within contemporary conversations about ‘the missing women’ at the top of organisations everywhere. Since graduating Paula has worked at the University of Leeds furthering her research into gendered leadership cultures across higher education and beyond, and is proud of her ongoing contribution to gender equality.

We are hoping that as well as exploring theories and experiences, we will conclude the morning with some positive actions and the basis for a women’s network to take forward.

Attendance at the event is open to all Lancaster staff of all genders. This promises to be a very lively and interactive session - booking is essential as places are limited. Please click here to reserve your seat.