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GRAND CHALLENGES LECTURE SERIES CAN WOMEN EVER WIN IN POLITICS? REFLECTIONS ON THE CENTENARY OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE AFTER BREXIT, UKRI IF YOU WANT TO: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NEW RESEARCH LANDSCAPE MELISSA BENN PROFESSOR JAMES WILSDON 6 MARCH 2018 | KEELE HALL | 5.30PM-6.30PM FREE ADMISSION | REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE One hundred years ago, women won the qualified right to vote. Since then we have seen many women MPs, ministers, even two female Prime Ministers and numerous laws passed that benefit all women’s lives. But something is still very wrong in our body politic. In this talk, Melissa Benn will reflect on what has been achieved b ut also the massive difficulties women still face, here and abroad, in every sphere of public activity: be it as politicians or campaigners, would-be Presidents or feminist activists. Most importantly, how can we fight back? Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner. She has published numerous articles and essays for publications as diverse as Cosmopolitan and the London Review of Books, and is currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and New Statesman. She has published eight books including two novels and her non-fiction includes the highly acclaimed School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education (2011) and What Should We Tell Our Daughters? The Pleasures and Perils of Growing Up Female (2013). She serves on the board of the Oxford Women in Humanities group and is Chair of the national campaign group Comprehensive Future. 6 7 MARCH 2018 | 6.00PM-7.00PM | KEELE HALL THE SALVIN ROOM | FREE ADMISSION REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE Much has been achieved but women still face difficulties in the sphere of public activity The research system is changing, but the need for robust social science, novel methodologies and interdisciplinary analysis of complex problems has never been greater. We’re about to embark on the biggest shake-up in the organisation of UK research for a generation. On 1 April 2018, implementation of the Higher Education and Research Bill will see the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and the research arm of HEFCE drawn into the warm embrace of Sir Mark Walport’s new mega-funder, UKRI (UK Research and Innovation). Alongside this the Research Excellence Framework has also been revamped. All of these reforms are taking place against the backdrop of the compound uncertainties of Brexit. all of these reforms are taking place against the backdrop of the compound uncertainties of Brexit The external drivers are pressing; how can we prepare for the road that lies ahead? What opportunities – as well as bumps – may lie around the corner? Drawing on his experience at the heart of UK research policy, James Wilsdon will offer a field guide to the shifting contours of the UK research landscape. James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is an editor of the Guardian’s ‘Political Science’ blog on science and research policy and also an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2015). Previously, he worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at University of Sussex and Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society and chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science (2013-7) and the review of the role of metrics in the UK’s research system. 7