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Durham University

Organisation Development

WHEN, Women's Higher Education Network

We are delighted to announce that we have become a member of WHEN, the Women’s Higher Education Network. It is a national network for all women working in higher education which aims to speed up gender equality.

WHEN brings women from across the sector together, empowering them to advance their careers and break down barriers that inhibit them from reaching their full potential.

We take gender equality very seriously and we are continually seeking out practices and opportunities that we can embrace to help accelerate gender equality.

We see WHEN as one of those opportunities and by becoming an institutional member we intend to join in the movement to speed up gender equality for the benefit of all our staff.

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Who is WHEN for?

Women of all levels and roles working in the higher education sector. It is open to all self-identifying women and non-binary people who would like to participate.

Why was WHEN set up?

It is estimated that it will take at least another 40 years to achieve gender parity in higher education. WHEN was set up to speed up gender equality. It seeks to do this by providing a supportive, inclusive network in which members can come together to share ideas and experiences and support one another.

What benefits can we expect?

The more staff who engage with the network, the more we will realise the following key benefits:

  • Demonstrate our awareness of equality issues
  • Evidence our commitment to changing the status quo
  • Recognise differences between women's experiences and roles
  • Support women's career development
  • Provide access to support network
  • Gain evidence for Athena SWAN applications and renewals
  • Improve staff satisfaction, engagement and retention
  • Contribute to sector-wide progress.

How can I become a member?

Membership is open to women staff of all levels and roles. It is open to all self-identifying women and non-binary people who would like to participate. To confirm your membership you need to join the network as an individual. If you would like to become a member our institutional membership means that the cost is £25/year per person. Please discuss with your line manager to see if they can support your membership fee.

If you have any questions about WHEN membership please contact Michelle Taylor.