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Webinar registration page: 'Navigating the barriers and challenges in higher education'

We are excited to announce that is collaborating with Women-Space to host an exclusive webinar on the underrepresentation of women leaders in higher education.

As the number of women decreases at every stage of the academic scale (Parker et al 2018) the underrepresentation of women in senior positions continues to be a phenomenon of university careers.

With guidance from Christina Hughes and a panel of women leaders, we will explore the challenges that many women face when attempting to progress into leadership roles. Through the career stories of our panellists, we will discuss how these barriers can be circumvented to enable women to move forward.

As well as addressing the gender imbalance in higher education, our webinar will discuss how to attract more professionals into the sector and include a Q & A session to answer your questions.

  • Understanding the challenge: gender inequality in higher education
  • Overcoming the barriers to career progression
  • Promoting university careers to professionals outside of the sector
  • Your questions answered in a Q & A session

Register now to secure your place >


Professor Christina Hughes CEO Women-Space Christina Hughes

Professor Christina Hughes has held senior leadership roles in three large universities in the UK and is an internationally recognised feminist researcher with over 15 book publications. Christina set up Women-Space to build community, provide support and create the change that will enable women to thrive in academia.

Dr. Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou Senior Lecturer of HRM at Oxford Brookes University


Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou is a Senior Lecturer of Human Resource Management at Oxford Brookes Business School. She is interested in gender and diversity in organisations, work and society, graduate transitions to employment, and highly skilled mobility. She is currently involved in various European and UK projects and has previously help postdoctoral researcher positions at the Universities of Warwick and Oxford.

Annette Hay Senior Management, Research Office at Coventry University


Annette Hay is a member of the Senior Management team in the Research Office at Coventry University. Annette has over 30 years of experience in leadership, with a particular interest in making leadership a more inclusive and authentic experience. Annette is passionate about empowering and enabling women, especially black women, to take up leadership and governance positions. She is Chair of the Race Equality Council at Coventry University as well as the BME Staff Network Lead.

Abigail Gregory MBE Professor of Comparative Sociologyabigail gregory

Professor Abigail Gregory MBE is the Academic Lead for gender equality at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Professor of Comparative Sociology. She has led the sector-wide Athena Swan gender equality initiative in two institutions and researched gender, work and organisation for over 20 years, exploring women and work, work-life balance, fatherhood, and family-friendly working in Britain and France.

J. Cherie Strachan Professor in Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth Universityprofessor-cherie-s

Professor Cherie Strachan is Associate Executive Director of Community Engagement and Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her most recent scholarly publications explore the #MeToo Movement and US women’s political participation. She is also co-author of the text Why Don’t Women Rule the World? with Sage-CQ, which includes learning activities specifically designed to bolster women’s interest in running for elected office.

Georgina Randsley de Moura Professor of Social & Organisational Psychology at University of Kent


Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Strategy, Planning, and Performance, and Professor of Social & Organisational Psychology at the University of Kent. Having held previous leadership roles, Georgina now brings together a large and diverse team, with responsibility for the University’s academic divisions; European centres; strategic planning; and marketing, outreach, recruitment and admissions. As executive lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Georgina is working with various teams to address structural marginalisation across the university.

Sheree Palmer, Head of Access and Success at the University of Manchester Sheree Palmer

Sheree Palmer is Head of Access and Success for the University of Manchester and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a leader of high-performing teams in both secondary and Higher Education and was able to successfully transition from secondary education into leadership roles in Higher Education. Sheree was Principal Academic and Lead for Access and Participation at Anglia Ruskin London, and Student Success and Attainment Manager for a Division at the University of Kent.

Our full webinar recording is available to watch now or read our short summary of the main points made by our panel of women leaders.

This form is closed and is no longer accepting any submissions. Thank you for your time.

Time and date
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Thursday 10 March 2022
  • MS Teams Webinar
  • Free to attend
  • Hosted by in partnership with Women-Space
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Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions relating to this webinar.

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