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Networks Day

Networking of Networks' Day | Nexus | 09:00 - 17:00

Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN)

African studies in Yorkshire has a proud tradition and a vibrant present. Africanists in Yorkshire's universities are carrying out an exciting range of world-class research in a wide range of disciplines. However, there is currently little coordination between these activities and no place to share ideas and activities and develop research agendas. The Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) aims to address this gap, in accordance with these core principles. The Network will provide a base for the exchange of ideas and experiences, the organisation of seminars and conferences, and potentially provide the basis of funding bids.

YASN was established in mid-2010 by a small group of Yorkshire-based Africanists, mainly political scientists, historians and developmentalists. The Network is a work in progress and makes no claim to represent all Africanists in Yorkshire.

More info: Abel Ugba -
Winnie Bedigen -

Register for this YASN event using this Microsoft form.

Black Female Academics' Network (BFAN)

The Black Female Academics' Network is a global network for female academics (Research, Education, Scholarship and Professional Services) who are Black (African, African Diaspora & Dual Heritage).

Our objective is to empower and support Black females in advancing their academic, professional services, industry careers and leadership roles through tailored in-person and online coaching, mentoring, sponsorship services, and personalised programmes.

More info: Lisa-Dionne Morris -

Register for this BFAN event using this Microsoft Form.

Women's Leadership Programme (WLP)

The Women Leadership Programme (WLP) at the University of Pretoria (UP) was initiated at the end of 2023 and is aimed at "reimagining leadership".

Focussed on addressing the systemic factors that lead to a gender parity gap in leadership in Higher Education, the Programme recognises the importance of women's intersectional identities and the need for institutions to transform their own cultures. The aim is to establish a systematic process that builds a pipeline of women leaders and empowers them with the required capabilities to reframe and recognise themselves as agents of change.

The Prog ramme will consist of a number of structured interventions, including academic training, mentoring, local and international exchanges and leadership-immersion experiences. The WLP will also have a strong focus on advocacy, international collaboration, research and community engagement.

The WLP is hosted by the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute in partnership with the Gordon Institute for Business Science, both at UP. Prof Tanya van Wyk ( is the current Coordinator of the WLP.