Vitae SWW Hub Annual Conference -Keynote Prof Michell Ryan and workshop programme

A reminder to book your FREE place on the Vitae SWW Hub Annual Good Practice Conference –

Key note speaker is Prof Michelle Ryan,  Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology/Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Exeter . Her research ( with Alex Haslem) into the glass cliff* has attracted much attention. Prof Ryan’s talk will bring together a number of different streams of her research on the glass cliff , the gender pay gap and on ambition and belonging.

Workshops topics so far include:

  • Using webinars for training;
  • Coaching and Mentoring- Is coaching the way to unlock female potential in Higher Education?
  • Setting up mentoring and coaching schemes for post graduate researchers (pgrss) and research staff
  • Establishing effective Staff Networks – highlighting Cardiff University’s success in being named  ranked 52 in Stonewall’s Top 100 and Enfys – the University’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff has been named Stonewall Cymru’s Best Welsh Employee Network Group 2014. )
  • Every Researcher Counts – a chance to see how materials are being developed for Research Staff for this Vitae/funding councils supported project
  • Post Graduate Researcher representation – what are the benefits for pgrs and the institution?
  • Research Staff representation –  how can Research Staff Associations impact institutional strategy
  • Undertaking and Supporting Creative Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities
  • PGR led conferences – researchers doing it for themselves

(*The glass cliff is a programme of research investigating the context in which women (and other minorities) are appointed into leadership positions. This research suggests that women tend to be appointed to leadership positions under very different circumstances than men. More specifically, this research suggests that women are more likely to be appointed to leadership positions that are associated with an increased risk of criticism and failure. Women’s leadership positions can thus be seen as more precarious than those of men. Extending the metaphor of the ‘glass ceiling’ and the ‘glass elevator’, we have dubbed this phenomenon ‘the glass cliff’.


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