Brookes to host lecture with top business woman for International Women’s Day

Monday, 06 March 2017

Karen Mattison

This week (Wednesday 8 March) is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

To mark the day Oxford Brookes is hosting an in conversation event with Karen Mattison MBE and the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Inman.

Karen has been hailed as one of ‘Britain’s Top 50 Radicals’ and named a ‘Business Hero’ by Management Today magazine. It was the personal challenge of progressing a senior career on a part-time basis that led her to launch the influential Women Like Us in 2005. Co-founded with business partner Emma Stewart, it is a social business providing practical careers advice and support to women on their return to work.

Later in 2012 they launched Timewise Jobs, a national jobs board specialising in roles that are part time or open to flexibility. Two years later Timewise consultancy and training services were launched to support organisations that wanted to be part of the journey to a more modern workplace, by improving their approach towards both flexible working and flexible hiring.

I am looking forward to visiting Oxford Brookes University next week to talk about the flexible working revolution that has been quietly taking place in UK businesses.

Karen Mattison MBE

In the lecture Karen will be drawing on her own experiences of the challenge of finding flexibility and progressing her career, as well as reflecting on changes in the jobs market over the past ten years for flexible workers and where there is still work to be done.

Karen said: “I am looking forward to visiting Oxford Brookes University next week to talk about the flexible working revolution that has been quietly taking place in UK businesses.”

Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University said: “Karen is hugely influential and her business accolades include several national awards for social enterprise. International Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievements of women, so it is very fitting that she join us at Oxford Brookes as we mark this day.”

‘Smashing another glass ceiling – how to be ambitious and work part-time’ will take place on 8 March 6.00pm – 7.00pm at Headington Campus in the JHB Lecture Theatre.

Book your place on the Events website.

In addition to celebrating International Women’s Day the event is also the University’s annual Athena SWAN Lecture.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students.

Last year Oxford Brookes received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award under this new charter.