Reporter 440, 11 October 1999

Women leaders in HE gather this week - a media invitation

100 top women in UK higher education will be gathering for a seminar toassess the current position of women in higher education leadership in theUS and the UK. The seminar, hosted by CUCO, SRHE, and Through the Glass Ceiling, will take place at the Institute of Physics in London, 1:30 - 5pm, Friday 8 October.

Keynote speaker will be Judith Sturnick Director of the Office of Women of the American Council on Education (ACE). She will present the US perspective. She is the guest of CVCP on a reciprocal visit - Diana Warwick CVCP's chief executive visited the ACE last year.

Dr Sturnick will elaborate on the means used in the USA to promote women's leadership in higher education. Professor Robin Middlehurst of the University of Surrey will give the UK perspective. A panel, chaired by Professor Joyce Hill pro vice chancellor at the University of Leeds and chair of Through the Glass Ceiling, and including Judith Glazer Raymo professor at long Island University and visiting fellow at the Institute of Education, David Triesman General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers, and Professor Janet Finch vice chancellor of the University Keele, will lead a discussion with the delegates. The views and lessons of the seminar will inform CUCO's future plans.

"Hosting this seminar with our partners is part of CUCO and CVCP's continuing effort towards equality in UK higher education," said Baroness Warwick. "The number and the calibre of the delegates and the speakers is evidence that gender equality is gaining recognition."

1) CUCO was launched by CVCP in June 1994 with an initial life of 5 years. It has the aim of overcoming the barriers to equal opportunities remaining in universities and ensuring that universities benefit from selecting and developing the best available people from all sections of the community. CUCO has extended its work to include SCOP institutions so that higher education as a whole will benefit from its work.
2) The Society for Research into Higher Education was established in 1965 to stimulate and co-ordinate research into all aspects of higher education. It aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on issues of policy, on the organisation and management of higher education institutions, and on the curriculum, teaching and learning methods.
3) Through the Glass Ceiling is a group of senior women in higher education whose aims are to support the membership, provide role models, and encourage other women into educational management.

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