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Inspiring Women: Tricia King

The glass ceiling ‘double whammy’ for women from professional backgrounds in Higher Education, 4 July 12:30-13:30pm

Tricia King has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, most recently on the leadership team at Birkbeck. Tricia joined that leadership team from a marketing and comms background and is very interested in the barriers to career advancement that women in HE experience, particularly women from professional backgrounds.

Tricia believes that things are changing and that the ‘glass ceiling double whammy’ must be continually challenged if our institutions are to gather the range and depth of senior staff around the top table to help us flourish in turbulent times.

Tricia has worked for 4 very different UK universities over 2 decades. At Birkbeck she was Pro-Vice-Master for Strategic Engagement. Her job focused on connecting an extended, diverse, passionate and committed Birkbeck community into the support of the institution and its remarkable students and staff. This included leading on communications with students at every stage of their student journey and taking an integrated approach to government relations, alumni relations, fundraising, media, business engagement, student recruitment and all types of stakeholder communications.

Tricia is now Vice President Global Engagement at CASE – a not-for-profit that believes in advancing education to transform lives and society across the globe. She operates between CASE offices in Washington, London, Singapore and Mexico City and works with higher education leadership across 5 continents. She spends a lot of her time advocating for seats at the top table for professional colleagues.

Tricia has three young adult children (mixed gender twins and an older daughter) and is really curious about how we act as role models and mentors for the next generation (women and men) about how to bring about the right sort of change.

A Leadership Foundation report, published as part of the Aurora programme, noted that women were under-represented in higher education leadership – glass ceiling number one. It went on to say that that senior colleagues leading professional departments were also under-represented in higher education leadership teams. As there is a disproportionate number of women leading those teams, this represents glass ceiling number 2 - the double whammy. The odds it seems are stacked against professional women.


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Tricia King, Vice President Global Engagement at CASE