Male Allies Programme

About the programme

The Male Allies Programme of LSE Power was launched in summer 2018. The Male Allies Programme has two key purposes:

1. To contribute to tackling negative culture around gender in our workplace

2. To be a visible advocate for institutional change

Male Allies is founded on the belief that all staff, regardless of gender, have a role to play in contributing to workplace equality because it is the right thing to do: it is not only the job of women to end discrimination against women. Male Allies believe that equality in the workplace benefits all, and that male managers can improve their own performance by engaging with work towards gender equality.

We define allyship as

support for a cause or a movement for change that benefits others (as well as yourself)

In our initiatives, Male Allies are committed to four values:

  • Authenticity: not virtue signalling in support for gender equality but being actively involved
  • Accountability: practising what you say you believe to advance gender equality
  • Pro-activity: committing to the mind-set of gender equality in all our work
  • Humility: not claiming to be perfect
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Paul Sullivan is the Male Allies Programme Manager.

If you would like to join, put forward any suggestions for the Males Allies Programme - or if you know any male colleagues that would be interested in participating - please email


60 seconds with Paul

What is the Male Allies programme?

It’s part of LSE Power, LSE’s professional women’s network, and does what it says on the tin: through events, networking and training sessions, Male Allies aims to mobilise and promote the support of male professional services staff for better gender equality.

Many people might not have heard of it yet, because for the initial stages it has been important to start small and gather ideas. We’re now at the point of wanting to expand memberships and activities. To join Male Allies, all you have to do is email me and I’ll add you to the circulation list.

By the way, when we speak about Male Allies, we mean anyone that identifies as male.

Why is the Male Allies programme important to you?

It’s important because I think that individuals making small practical changes can, collectively, achieve something significant. As one of the Male Allies said to me recently, it’s easy to become disheartened when you don’t know how to achieve change, or feel like it’s happening infuriatingly slowly. Being part of the change you seek, however, is quite empowering.

What activities does the programme engage in, and how are these benefitting our School community?

The first step has been to build an initial membership. Now, we can start to roll out events that male colleagues can get behind: bystander training, flexible working, running meetings in a more gender-balanced way, and adjustments to working practices to promote inclusiveness.

What’s your favourite thing about working as the Manager of the new School of Public Policy?

That I work with so many talented and engaged people: professional staff, academics, students. Corny but true.

One track, one book, one luxury: what would you take with you to a desert island?

I don’t listen to a lot of music, but my book would be Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. As a luxury, a bottle of chilled Sancerre could be good.




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Past Allies events

Power Panel x Male Allies seminar, in partnership with the Parents and Carers Network: Fathers, Covid and Work: what's changed and what happens next?

Wednesday 24th February 2021

On 24 February, the Male Allies of LSE Power held an event with Adrienne Burgess, the Co-Chief Executive of the Fatherhood Institute. Titled, ‘Fathers, Covid and Work: what’s changed and what happens next?’ there was an engaging discussion of the effect of lockdowns on fatherhood in terms of childcare and schooling, relationships and societal change. The replay of the event is available on our YouTube channel here


Women Collaborating with Men to Build Inclusive Workplace Cultures

Tuesday 26th March 2019

Led by Dr Jill armstrong and Jason Ghaboos of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, this workshop reviewed research findings on gender bias in the UK workplace and gave participants ideas for practical steps to positively change workplace practice and culture.

Active Bystander Training

May 2019

What is privilege? How did we get it? What do we do with the advantages we have? When we see discrimination against less privileged groups, what can we do about it? What tools do we need to become active bystanders that improve gender equality in the workplace?

These were some of the questions addressed at two Bystander Training events held in May championed by the Male Allies of LSE Power. The first, facilitated by the Good Lad Initiative explored dimensions of privilege in the academic context, the nature of inequality in our workplace and tools for building equality. Participants agreed that Allyship – supporting a cause or movement for change that does not benefit you personally – is founded on four principles: authenticity (the Ally is it for the right reasons), pro-activity (learning the tools and applying them), accountability (improving your Allyship) and humility (remembering that being Ally is a means to an end, not an end in itself).

The second workshop focussed on the psychology of intervention and non-intervention in society, drawing examples from everyday life and current affairs and the media. Facilitated by Scott Solder – award-winning coach, author and former BBC journalist – participants considered responses to both egregiously inappropriate behaviour but also workplace micro-aggressions: the repetitive interruptions, eye-rolling, aggressive emails or even loud sighing that can characterise gendered behaviour. The Four Ds of intervention include Direct Action – acting immediately to challenge behaviour; Delaying to act later once you have had a chance to speak with those involved; Distracting to de-escalate a confrontation; and Delegating to a senior figure with the authority to act.