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FEST is a University of Oxford based society for women who are studying or working in engineering, science, and technology within the University and its associated Institutes. FEST aims to promote and encourage women in their scientific careers by providing:
• Information and resources for women in science • Formal and informal social events with prominent members of the scientific community • A support network of role models, mentors and peers • Networking opportunities for career development

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Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards and Democratic Legitimacy 17.3.14

Posted by Leigh Paton, Tuesday, 4th March 2014 @ 8:37pm

  • Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards and Democratic Legitimacy

    17 March 2014


    15:00 to 19:00


    Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford

    This debate will address the controversy surrounding the use of quotas as a legal mechanism to address gender inequality in corporate boards of directors. 

    Much of the public and scholarly debate on the issue has focused on the business and equal opportunity justifications for using quotas to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. This workshop seeks to highlight and explore the more complex and innovative democratic legitimacy justification, which contends that democracy demands that men and women should be represented in equal numbers on the boards of influential companies. 

    The workshop will address the following questions:

    • To what degree is the extension of the democratic legitimacy argument to the corporate context justifiable? 
    • Does the argument’s validity depend upon a strong corporatist tradition, wherein corporations exercise state power? 
    • Does the democratic legitimacy argument necessarily partake in gender essentialism and stereotypes (only women can truly represent other women)? 
    • Does the European Union’s failure to implement a regional quota represent the failure of the democratic legitimacy argument? 

    The workshop will be of interest to all those working on gender inequality, democracy, corporate governance, and comparative law. 


    Jude Browne, Jessica and Peter Frankopan Director of Gender Studies, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

    Julie C. Suk, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York

    Mari Teigen, Research Director, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

    I soon realised that unless we had targets, if not quotas, there was no way to make headway

    Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, speaking at a World Economic Forum debate on gender quotas

Invitation to Apply for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Endorsement

Posted by Lucy, Sunday, 14th October 2012 @ 6:57pm

  • Under the new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category for the UKBA points-based system, the University of Oxford may endorse up to ten students who have ‘developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish one or more businesses in the UK.’

    Students who the University endorses would be able to apply for a visa for one year to develop their business idea. If the University then confirms adequate progress they can apply for one further year, following which to remain in the UK they would need to qualify for the main Entrepreneur route, or enter Tier 2 employment. Additional employment is allowed for up to 20 hours a week to supplement income whilst the business is in development. The applicant’s dependent partner and children can stay in the UK with them.

    The University of Oxford Careers Service invites students and recent graduates who wish to stay in the UK to develop their business ideas and who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for University endorsement. Closing date for applications is 11th November. The Careers Service will host an information session on 24th October at 12.45 pm.

    How to apply:

    Applicants must apply through Career Connect. Please search for vacancy 47367. If you do not yet have an account on Career Connect, please visit http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/our-services/careerconnect/ to register. The endorsement is a competitive process and applicants will be required to show evidence that they have a genuine, credible and innovative business idea.  Required documents include:

    • CV
    • Cover letter
    • A description of the business and business plan

    More detailed information about applying is available on Career Connect. 

    For information on the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa and eligibility please visit the UKBA website:


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