Astrea - UCL's network for women in professional services

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Astrea is a network for women in professional services roles at UCL, which supports the move towards 50/50 leadership and equality for women and men.

Why are women under represented?

The UK Higher Education sector employs over 375,000 people. More than half are professional services staff and over 62% of this number are women.

So why are women so heavily under-represented at the highest levels? At UCL women make up 63% of professional services staff but only three of the eleven directors of central professional services are women.

Astrea aims to redress this imbalance. Emma Todd, Co-founder of Astrea explains:

" To get women into the top jobs we need to change organisational culture. Having the right policies in place isn’t enough, it’s only part of the picture. If we want to make meaningful and lasting change, we have to transform the way women in professional services roles are viewed, by others, and just as importantly, by themselves.


Inaugural Astrea Conference

Our second annual conference took place on 23 June 2016 at Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury.

On the day of the Brexit vote, amid flooding and travel chaos in London, we heard a number of empowering speeches from some truly inspiring women, including Women's Equality Party Leader, Sophie Walker and feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez.

Astrea wins Empowered Award

Astrea wins Empowered Award at the UCL Professional Services Conference.
Find out more about the award.

Astrea referenced in UCL 2034 Strategy

Astrea referenced in the UCL 2034 strategy as a case study for the key enabler 'valuing our staff'.