IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Mid-career academic women: choices, strategies and opportunities

03 May 2016, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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Room 731, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford way, London, WC1H 0AL

Dr Kelly Coate and Dr Camille Kandiko Howson

This is the ninth seminar in the 2015/16 series for the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES). The CHES seminars provide a forum for debate and analysis of issues affecting policy, practice and research in higher education, supporting the exchange of views and experiences across higher education. Seminars are normally held at 5:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the Institute of Education.

In this seminar, the findings from a Leadership Foundation-funded project are reported. 30 academic women in London universities were interviewed, starting with a concept mapping exercise in which the women mapped out their career plans for the next 5-10 years.  A gendered prestige economy was found in academic work, through exploring the 'indicators of esteem' that academics can acquire through their careers and which are often a motivating factor in their work. The conclusions point to ways in which institutions can address the oft-neglected mid-career stage and how academic careers could be better managed in order to mitigate the gendered impact of the prestige economy.

This event is open to those involved in higher education.  There is no booking cost, but those wishing to attend should email Alison Peacock ahead of the event, to be added to the list of attendees.

For further information, please contact Alison Peacock: a.peacock@ioe.ac.uk