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White Rose Gender Equality College Coffee Topics


Coffee Topics are a monthly get together by zoom to share a discussion about a gender topic of interest. Each Topic will be led by a College Member with a short overview of the key points followed by a chat over coffee (or beverage of choice). Thirty minutes, a chance to talk over an interesting topic and meet fellow College members.

All Coffee Topics start at 11:00 hrs, and run for 30 minutes

Coffee Topics are open to members of the Gender Equality College. If you would like to join, please contact Claire Pickerden, or Mel Knight


When: 11:00 hrs, Thursday 25 February 2021

Description: For our next Coffee Topic, we would like to invite you to a review of the College. We’ve been up and running for over a year now, and have been operating in the virtual environment rather than the one we imagined. The College doesn’t exist without you and together we would like to take a look at, and discuss:

  • our existing Aims – are they still appropriate?
  • our remit – to focus or expand
  • our activities – what would be of most interest
  • A proposal for a White Rose Gender Equality Symposium
We will stick to our 30 minute slot and have as much of an exchange of ideas and opinions as we can get to. And we’ll follow up after.
So please join us – with your beverage of choice – and tell us what you think.

Full Title: LIVING GENDER IN DIVERSE TIMES: exploring young people’s understandings of ‘gender’ in the UK

When: 11:00 hrs, Wednesday 17 March 2021

Speaker: Prof Sally Hines, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

Description: This Coffee Topic will cover some of the initial findings from Sally’s ESRC project, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Leeds.


January’s coffee topic considered the impact of COVID-19 on older women. Dr Lorna Warren was a member of the UK Civil Society Women’s Alliance expert group on older women which, in early summer and convened by Elizabeth Sclater, put together a briefing note on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on older women. The purpose of the briefing was to lobby the Government Equalities Office on issues currently affecting older women’s lives. Lorna gave an overview of the key points raised in the briefing and pointed to their implications at a more global level.


November’s coffee topic considered some of the insights gained from focusing on men alongside women when conducting gender research. It highlighted work in South Africa and India on gendered experiences of changes to housing, and also on current work in Ethiopia and South Africa on unemployment and housing challenges for male and female youth. The speaker was Dr Paula Meth, Urban Studies, University of Sheffield.

October’s coffee topic discussed Gender in community research co-production: women, wellbeing and community identity in rural South Africa. Covering the role that gender has played in a series of GCRF funded projects in rural South Africa. Gender as both a focal point of research and as a driver of community-based co-production was discussed. The project website showcases projects and partners. The speakers were Dr Seth Mehl & Prof Susan Fitzmaurice, English, University of Sheffield with Prof Patricia Cowell, Health Sciences, University of Sheffield.

September’s coffee topic discussed the issues of femicide and its impact on children. You may find this report useful (p36), the speaker was Dr Parveen Ali, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield.