Panel discussion: Experiences of getting to the top in academia

Date: Friday, June 17th
Time: lunchtime (12pm)
Location: Whitechapel Lecture Theatre

As part of the QMUL Gradfest, we are inviting four panel members from academia telling us about their ways to the top.

  • Elizabeth Kuipers: Professor of Psychology at King’s College London. She received a lifetime achievement award from Women in Science and Engineering in 2013.
  • Valerie Gibson: Head of the High Energy Physics Research Group in the Cavendish, University of Cambridge. She is a champion of Women in Science and spearheaded the Cavendish Laboratory’s success at achieving an Athena SWAN Gold award in 2014.
  • Liz Sockett: Professor at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.
  • Eva Sorensen: Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL where she works on Fluid Separations. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and was awarded the Exxon Mobil Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

WISE@QMUL video discussion: “Why we have too few women leaders”

On 22nd May 2013, WISE@QMUL hosted a screening and discussion of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk: “Why we have too few women leaders”.

In this talk, Sheryl looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions, and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for leadership.

The event was really well attended by junior and senior academics; great to see so many people there discussing an important issue!