Women in academia: Stats, stories and solutions

When: March 9 2021

Where: Virtual, United Kingdom


To celebrate International Women’s Day, ARU’s Athena SWAN presents a panel talk of experts from ARU who will take the audience thought key phenomena related to women in academia. We will cover facts and statistics, share inspirational lived experience stories, and discuss what remains to be done to achieve fully diverse and equitable academic landscape in 21st century.


Dr Magdalena Zawisza is an Associate Professor in Consumer and Gender Psychology at ARU, Cambridge. She is an author of ‘Advertising, Gender and Society – psychological perspective’ (2019), a co-editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Consumer Psychology (2016), a holder of number of prestigious grants and runs her own research consultancy devoted to socially responsible advertising and marketing.

She has worked with Unilever, Qualcomm, Ringway Jacobs, Essex Police, Mind as well as with local SMEs to name a few. She publishes in leading peer-reviewed journals in her discipline, sits on the editorial board for Sex Roles, is a Review Editor for Frontiers Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies section and reviews grant applications for BA, ESRC and British Council among others. Her research has attracted attention from BBC, The Independent, Newsweek and informed recent policy changes by Advertising Standards Authority.

Dr Sue Kitchin, Associate Professor for the school of Education and Social Care, based at our Guild House campus in Peterborough, has worked in education as a teacher, practitioner, researcher and academic for the past 30 years.

During her time as a teacher, Sue developed an interest in the impact on learners of effective collaboration with the wider workforce in supporting children's learning. She worked with staff in schools on a variety of programmes, supporting continuing professional development, before taking on the role of PGCE Primary Pathway Leader (Peterborough) at ARU when the course was launched in 2009.

With a plethora of qualifications including a BSc Psychology, PGCE (Primary), Master’s in Education and EdD thesis title: 'Enabling children to thrive through a school's holistic approach: a case study'. Dr Sue Kitchen research interests include inclusion, equality and diversity, impact of working with the wider workforce and special educational needs.

Dr Havovi Chichger, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science Her research focuses on a range of cardiovascular diseases, from lung infection to diabetes, and how we can find treatment options for patients with these diseases.

In particular, she is interested in how our blood vessels function in these diseases and how, if we can improve the condition of our vasculature, we can improve the health of patients. Through these studies, she has been fascinated by how we, as researchers, study these diseases and what we can do to ensure the best possible experiments are performed to evaluate efficacy of treatment for all patients.

On 3 March, Havovi will give another talk, looking at how gender relates to biomedical science research.

Charlotte Sygmuta, Research Administration Manager within the Faculty of Science and Engineering and as such coordinates the day-to-day management of the research in the faculty.

Further panellists to be confirmed


Chairing this panel session will be Dr Claudia Wascher, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Biology, and faculty lead for Athena SWAN, exploring avenues to enhance culture and to develop policies and practices to further promote gender equality.

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