Speak for Yourself – International Women’s Day Week

by Rossana Espinoza 0

To mark International Women’s day the SDF have organised some additional events to support the launch of our SIG. We would love to see as many colleagues as possible joining us to network. In the spirit of collaborative working and equality we would encourage participation from colleagues of all genders.


AWL Special Interest Group launch  – Monday 8th March, 11:00 to 12:00

The SDF are excited to launch the Special Interest Group – Advancing Women’s Leadership, headlining the events to celebrate International Women’s Day from the 8th to 12th March. Come along and learn about how the group can support you as a Woman in Higher Education and have your say in the kinds of events you would like to see the group showcase.


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As part of the launch of the Special Interest Group – Advancing Women’s Leadership, the SDF is delighted to showcase Kathryn Waddington’s talk:


Speak for Yourself

In this talk, Kathryn Waddington will critically reflect on her experience as a woman in leadership—and followership—roles, and the need for women to ‘speak for themselves’ in situations where their voice/s may have been unheard, or silenced. Kathryn is a principal fellow of the higher education academy and reader in work and organisational psychology at the University of Westminster. She has held academic leadership roles at Westminster and at City, University of London.


The SDF is pleased to announce that one of Kathryn’s books will be given as a prize to one participant of the launch.

Towards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact

This book makes a significant contribution to the need for compassion in the 21st-century neoliberal university.

The SDF will offer one copy of this book on kindle as a prize during the launch of the SIG.


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Special Interest Group – Advancing Women’s Leadership

The aim of the special interest group is to support Women in Higher Education at all levels through speakers, events and networking to share experiences and explore our leadership pathways. We want to create a community to encourage debate and reflection around the successes and challenges we encounter and empowering each other to reach our full potential.

This Advancing Women’s Leadership Special Interest Group is aimed at staff developers and staff within Higher Education institutions with an interest in making a difference. Its purpose is to provide SDF members with a regular mechanism to interactively share best practice for:

  • challenging mindset
  • strengthening skills
  • enhancing opportunities for success

The focus of the SIG is on creating an online network moving forward for 2020/21 and beyond.