A message from the co-chairs of the Women at Leeds Network:
At the 2019 AGM, attendees were asked for their ideas about the main themes and priorities that W@LN should take up in 2019-20; any ideas for network events; and thoughts about how to make the Network more effective. Here are the suggestions, along with the annual report as distributed at the AGM. The new committee will discuss these ideas at our summer meeting. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the AGM.
The first session of the W@LN annual conference 2019 was a panel discussion on “Power in the University”. Panel members included Dr Clare Woulds and Dr Samantha Pugh from the University of Leeds and Professor Josie Fraser, Deputy Vice chancellor of the Open University, who have all been involved in Aurora, Advance HE’s leadership initiative for women.
Panel members shared their experiences and perception of power in the university environment and addressed the following questions:
- Where do you perceive power to be in the university?
- What do you think are some of the barriers to women holding or exercising power in the university?
- What can be done to overcome these barriers?
There’s also a link to a video of the “Art of Being Brilliant” presentation which followed (presented by Suzie Lavington), which can be accessed by any member of University staff via SharePoint.