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.
Women at Leeds Network conference: Meeting Communication Challenges
Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time: 12pm till 3pm*
Venue: Chemistry West Block Lecture Theatre F (G.74)
You are warmly invited to the 2018 Women at Leeds Network (WaLN) conference, which this year is around the theme of Meeting Communication Challenges. We will be hearing about how women at Leeds have met the challenges of communicating our work in media, public engagement and schools work, and work with policy-makers.
The conference will also be an opportunity to introduce the networks new co-chairs, who are keen to invite suggestions for themes for future events and for the work of the Network more generally, and recruit steering group/committee members.
* The conference will be followed at 3.15pm by a lecture by space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall.
12-1pm networking lunch
1-2.30pm Presentations/panel discussions on:
- working with the media
- public engagement
- communicating with different audiences
- influencing policy
2.30-2.50pm WaLN: the way forward
We are still keen to hear from women across the University who would be willing to take part in the conference and share their own knowledge and experiences of dealing with communications challenges. If you would like to get involved, please contact
- Dr Fiona Gill, School of Earth and Environment, at F.Gill@leeds.ac.uk
- Dr Rachel Muers, School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science, at R.E.Muers@leeds.ac.uk
- Dr Andrea Utley, School of Biomedical Sciences, at A.Utley@leeds.ac.uk
Please register your interest to attend the event through Bristol Online Survey. Please note the Equality Policy Unit is now using Bristol Online Survey for events to comply with the new data protection regulations. If you have any other queries, please contact email@example.com.
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/