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​University Vice-Chancellor joins AUA to highlight vital role of women in higher education

Prof Longmore addressing the UofC AUA on IWD

 

THE Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chichester has paid tribute to the pivotal role of women in higher education on International Women’s Day.

Professor Jane Longmore, who was addressing members of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) at a recent conference, spoke about the influence of women in academia across the UK, including at Chichester.

The University of Chichester has been championing the role of women in society since it first opened its doors as a training college in 1839 – and, 180-years later, those principles remain a fundamental part of its community as it bids to develop a new generation of female leaders who are forging a gender-balanced world.

Professor Longmore, who is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, told AUA members that it is important to pay tribute to the University of Chichester on International Women’s Day for its history of training women.

She added: “Some of you will know that the colours of Bishop Otter College [the former name of the University] were purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope - the suffragette colours. The links between this institution and its history, and that very powerful movement, are there for all to see."

The AUA is a body for universities professional services staff to share best practice across the sector. It promotes excellence in HE administration and to raise the profile of member through the development of best practice and high standards.

“Jane’s presentation for the AUA was both humbling and inspiring, recognising that across the globe around 60 million girls have no access to a secondary education,” said Katie Akerman, the University’s Director of Quality Standards.

Prof Longmore addressing the UofC AUA on IWD

“The University has been at the forefront of enabling access to a higher education through being one of the first to open its doors to women wishing to train as teachers. Jane noted that whilst there have been improvements, there is always room for more.”

Members of the Association of University Administrators meet once every eight weeks in an informal session to discuss issues pertinent to the professional services.

Niki Brown, an Administrative Manager in the University’s Estate Management team, said: “Jane’s talk about her journey through her career was inspirational and moving, I think everyone in the room could relate to many parts of the talk.

“Her openness and honesty was very personal, a couple of us were close to tears at the kitchen purchase. It’s certainly made me think about how I’ve come to accept things being the ‘norm’ rather than challenging others and indeed my own perceptions.”

To find about the University of Chichester's 180-year heritage of championing women go to www.chi.ac.uk/news/celebrating-chichesters-pioneers-international-womens-day-2019. For more about joining the AUA contact University branch coordinator Armineh Pogosian a.pogosian@chi.ac.uk.