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This event is a collaboration between the Ulster University Wo/men's Network, Alumni and Athena Swan.

The theme for International Women's Day 2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

  • Celebrate women's achievement.
  • Raise awareness against bias.
  • Take action for equality.

To explore this theme, we will have an 'In Conversation' with Cathy Gormley-Heenan to hear about her story, how she has chosen to challenge, her passion for a gender equal world and her exciting plans for the future as she embarks on a career break to explore new challenges outside of Ulster University.

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and External Affairs) at Ulster University.

Cathy is responsible for developing and leading the University's research and impact strategies as a research led university, ensuring that Ulster University achieves its research targets, and that its research informs its teaching and benefits society locally and globally.

Cathy is a Professor of Politics with research interests in the areas of political elites, peace processes, the politics of divided societies, public policy and governance. She is a regular political commentator for the BBC on both television and radio and has recently completed making a new radio programme for BBC World Service on Walls and Peace.

Cathy has been elected and/or appointed to a number of national boards including the National Executive Committee of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA) from 2012-16 and is also a member of the UK’s Kennedy Scholars Association. Currently, Cathy serves on the boards of Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel; Catalyst Inc (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park); and the UK government’s advisory body on EU Exit, Universities, Research and Innovation chaired by universities and science minister Jo Johnson, among other things.

Please note the link to access Zoom will be emailed to those who sign up to attend.

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Tuesday 9 March

12pm to 1pm


Wo/men's Network at Ulster