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University of Sussex joins Women's Higher Education Network

The University of Sussex has become a member of the Women’s Higher Education Network (WHEN), a national network “uniting all women in order to harness wisdom and experiences for strength and change”. 

A 2017 report estimated that it would take at least another 40 years to close the academic gender pay gap; WHEN was set up to speed up progress towards gender equality in higher education.

The network brings together members from across the sector with different roles and experiences, and from different institutions, fields and backgrounds, creating spaces where women can share experience, generate ideas and learn from and with peers.

As part of its membership of WHEN, the University has been allocated 50 individual life memberships; colleagues in the EDI Unit and Human Resources are working with Heads of School and Professional Services Directors to offer these to women across the University who have contributed to gender equality work at Sussex.

This membership opportunity offers Sussex women the chance to link with colleagues across the sector in advancing gender equality.

If you are not allocated one of these places, you can choose to become a member for £25 per year, or free of charge if you sign up to a paid WHEN event. 

Becoming a partner of WHEN also offers the University the opportunity to fulfil its gender equality action plan, which was published in May 2020 and brings together all of the institutional-level actions and initiatives to promote gender equality at Sussex.

Siobhan O'Reilly, Director of Human Resources, says: “We are committed to meeting the challenges we have identified in our action plan and we are proactive in seeking out opportunities – such as becoming an institutional member of WHEN – to further promote gender equality at Sussex.”

For more information about the Women's Higher Education Network, visit

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 29 July 2020

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