Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership


Judith Smith, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust writes for HSMC viewpoint about Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership. The original article and other posts for HSMC viewoint can be found here.

In 1987, like generations of NHS graduate management trainees, I made my way to Harrogate for the 2-day assessment centre which determined which bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates were to be admitted to the national scheme.  I can still recall how surprised and impressed I was that the final appointments panel was chaired by a woman chief executive, and that she took time during the interview to talk to me about the NHS’ opportunities and support for women managers.  Bear in mind that a similar interview for the then British Rail scheme, I had been asked why ever a woman would be interested in trains, and at another for the electricity supply industry, I found myself completely surrounded by male engineers and aspirant trainees.

So do we still need to keep talking about gender and leadership almost 30 years later, or is this yesterday’s issue?  There seems to be more positive news for women where NHS management is concerned: between 60 and 70% of trainees entering the NHS graduate scheme in the past three years have been female[1], and 36%[2]of NHS Chief Executives are women.

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Race and Crime Guest Lecture

When: 12/11/14 – 6.00pm – 7.oopm        Where: G15,  Muirhead Tower   

Hosted by: Sociology Society

Popular academic Dr Martin Glynn will be delivering a talk on race and crime to UoB students in G15 Muirhead Tower on 12/11/2014.

He will be discussing his most recent and compelling research around race and crime, as well as current issues within his field with Q & A after.
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Time for a sensible drugs policy?

A study released today (30 Oct) by the home office has found that there is “no obvious” link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use. Responding to the publication of the study Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker believes that drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, comparing the UK with other countries, should end “mindless rhetoric” on drugs policy.

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Young Prisoners- A Research Discussion Event


Birmingham Law School’s Criminal Justice Cluster is hosting an research discussion event on 18th of Nov bringing together interested academics, stakeholders and practitioners in a roundtable discussion to explore the experiences of young prisoners and the extent to which those experiences may differ from those of adult prisoners; and the unique challenges faced by prison staff governing, managing and caring for a young prison population.

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
The relaunch of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Midlands Regional Network will take place at Nottingham Trent University on the 15 October 2014. The seminar will address the theme of Gender, Crime and Justice. The next evening seminar will be held at Derby University on the 26 November 2014. The session will examine aspects of Policing in the 21st Century. On the 4 March 2015, Loughborough University will be addressing the theme of the Crime Drop.