Welcome to the University's Women at Leeds Network, formerly known as WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology).
- a regular monthly network meeting, the First Wednesday Club, which allows the opportunity to network with female colleagues from across disciplines and includes invited speakers to offer advice, support and share their experiences of developing a career as a woman at Leeds;
The network is open to everyone at the University.
The Women at Leeds Network exists to support colleagues at the University.
The network's managed by a committee of volunteers from across campus, and we're always keen to hear from colleagues who'd like to be involved with the committee and take an active role in
If you'd like to join the virtual network the email list please subscribe here.
We host a themed, monthly network meeting, the First Wednesday Club, usually held on the first Wednesday of the month.
The First Wednesday Club takes many forms, sometimes we deliver a skills session on a key topic such as assertiveness, other sessions have had a guest speaker followed by a Q&A session and open discussion. We hope to expand our events in the coming academic year and we are always open to new ideas and suggestions.
Ultimately, it's a chance for women from across campus to come together and network in a friendly, supportive environment.
Details of the next event will be available soon.
Some of the topics covered in the past are:
|My Career Serendipity or Strategy?|
|Role Models and Visibility: Promoting STEM as a career path for women|
|Developing assertiveness and working with confidence||Nicola Neath, Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service|
|Travels with my Family: Work-life balance on four continents||Barbara Evans, School of Civil Engineering|
|Imposter Syndrome||Anita Blakeston, School of Physics and Astronomy and Sami Bageghni, School of Medicine|
|How to get promoted||Alison Jones, School of Mechanical Engineering, Michelle Nettleton, HR, Alumut Beige and Lorna Dougan, School of Physics and Astronomy|
|Feminism in the 21st Century||Dr Jonathan Dean, School of Politics & International Studies|
The following links provide useful information or signposting about HR issues and equality and diversity matters.
The list is not exhaustive and the University does not endorse any external organisations by listing the links.
University of Leeds links
University of Leeds HR http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/
University of Leeds Equality Policy Unit http://www.equality.leeds.ac.uk/
Organisational Development and Professional Learning (formerly SDDU)
STEM at Leeds www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/
Leeds University Union www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk/
Women in STEM
The WISE Campaign www.wisecampaign.org.uk/
Womens Engineering Society www.wes.org.uk/
Women in Science, Engineering & Technology www.wiset.org.uk/
Science Grrl http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/
Daphne Jackson Trust (for women returning to STEM) www.daphnejackson.org/
IOP Women in Physics Group www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/wip/index.html
Trowel Blazers http://trowelblazers.com/
Your Life www.yourlife.org.uk/
Computer Science Online - http://www.computerscienceonline.org/cs-programs-for-women/
Organisations promoting STEM generally
There are many organisations promoting science, engineering, technology and maths to society at large, with many having a specific focus on young people, such as:
Stimulating Physics Network www.stimulatingphysics.org/
West Yorkshire STEM www.wystem.co.uk/