The Women in HE Conference 2020 will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Regents Park, London on 23 January 2020. The conference is a major event focusing on the gender equality issue in HE and aims to drive better representation, rights and work conditions for women working in the sector. The official theme for the event this year is accelerating change for gender equality, with considerable focus being given to individual aspects including diversity on boards, breaking down and understanding the gender pay gap, violence and harassment against women, work-life balance and the glass cliff. The glass cliff refers to the phenomenon of women achieving leadership roles during times of downturn or crisis, when they are most likely to fail rather than succeed.
Location: Marriott Hotel, Regents Park, London
Ticket price: starting at £250
Many notable speakers will be delivering presentations and workshops at the conference. Key speakers are:
- Mary Mitchell O’Connor – Minister of State at the Department Education and Skills
- Harriet Minter – journalist and broadcaster specialising in female leadership
- Sophie Walker – feminist activist and founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party
- Dr. Olajumoke (Jummy) Okoya – coach and leadership and organisation development consultant
- Norma Jarboe OBE – External Advisor to the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice
The full programme can be downloaded on the advance-HE website. There is additional information that can be accessed from the website, including a collection of engaging blog posts written by speakers who will be presenting at the conference. Current blogs focus on accelerating change in HE to tackle issues with inclusion and the treatment of women; whether bullying cuts short careers at academic institutions; and how women’s rights and human rights should be harmonious.