Astrea - UCL's network for women in professional services

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Women make up half of the world’s population yet they do not hold half the leadership roles. Astrea supports the move towards 50/50 leadership and equality for women and men. After all diversity brings innovation, and evidence shows that when women work in tandem with men performance is improved.

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 is a network for women in professional services roles at UCL, which 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.

The network was co-founded by Alice Chilver and Emma Todd, who work in business development and communications roles at The Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the built environment.


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'.

Inaugural Astrea Conference

Our inaugural conference Cultural Shift 50/50 was held on 2nd December. View photos on the event below and read about it on the UCL Events blog

Astrea Culture Shift 50/50 conference