Monday 27 July 2015


Round-table Discussion: Promoting Women Leadership in Higher Education

The British Council is supporting the round-table discussion: Promoting Women Leadership in Higher Education co-organised by the Gender Research Centre and the Task Force on Women- and Family-Friendly Policies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on Tuesday 4 August 2015. Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool, and a Trustee of the British Council, will address issues that women academics in senior leadership roles are facing.

Professor Janet Beer is the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, and also one of only three female Vice-Chancellors in the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities in the UK. In this talk, Professor Beer will share the effect of her university’s flexible working practices for both men and women. She will also talk about recent research on the career trajectories of women academics in senior leadership roles, and action that might be taken to improve gender inequalities in higher education.

Details of Round-table Discussion: Promoting Women Leadership in Higher Education:
Date: Tuesday 4 August 2015
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Cho Yiu Conference Hall, University Administration Building, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tai Po Road, Sha Tin, New Territories




Welcome and Introduction

Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Women in Universities: Career Progression, Leadership and Governance

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, UK



Professor Susanne Choi, Co-Director, Gender Research Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong

11.15 – 12.00

Open Discussion


With a vision to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion, the British Council has been doing and supporting work that promote women in leadership, especially in higher education. To learn more about British Council’s work in education, please visit

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