Mid-Career Academic Women: Strategies, Choices and Motivation -Call for research participants

  • Are you an academic woman currently working in a university in London?
  • Do you consider yourself ‘mid-career’?
  • Are you willing to take part in an interview in late October / November this year?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We would like to interview mid-career academic women

from different disciplines who are currently working in a variety of universities in London. Our research is funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

The interview will be around one hour in length and will take place either at your workplace or at King’s College London (next to Waterloo station).
Please contact us by 30th September by emailing:

tania.de_st_croix@kcl.ac.uk

Background to the research

Despite several decades of research on women in leadership and management in higher education (eg Dean et al 2011; White et al 2011; Doherty & Manfredi 2006), under-representation of women in senior positions continues and there is concern that the proportion of women at VC-level is actually on the decline (Bebbington 2012). This is compounded with wider forms of (in)equality and representation, including: race, socio-economic status, nationality, ethnic group, disability, religion, and geographic region (Banks 2002). This research explores how mid-career academic women strategise their career development, and what barriers they perceive. This allows insights into women’s perspectives at a stage at which they may be motivated to climb the career ladder or not, and to understand how they see their future careers.

Project leaders: Kelly Coate and Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s College London

Research assistant:

Tania de St Croix, King’s College London

Steering group: Carole Leathwood, London Metropolitan University; Liz Doherty, Sheffield Hallam University; Miriam David, Institute of Education, London

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