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.

If you have an idea for a topic that the First Wednesday Club should cover, please get in touch with Gemma Griffiths or Sarah Ward.

Ultimately, it's a chance for women from across campus to come together and network in a friendly, supportive environment.

Upcoming Event

'The Invisible Woman: Dealing with Erasing'

Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Great Woodhouse Suite, University House

An open event for women at the University of Leeds.

Two academics co-author a book, but only the male author is cited at a conference; a manager plays a major role in developing and introducing a key new policy but in presentations it somehow becomes the idea of her male boss; two people are interviewed for local radio but the female contributor is given less airtime than her male colleague…

Do any of these situations sound familiar? These are just some of the daily ‘erasures’ in the world of academia, business and beyond, that make women feel invisible – that their contributions are unacknowledged and overlooked.

So, how can women stop these ‘erasures’ happening and, when they do occur, how can they deal with them in a in a calm and assertive manner? This interdisciplinary event is intended to help answer these questions. It will cross boundaries, as we share examples and develop ways of dealing with casual or deliberate minimalizing of our work. We hope this will be one of many steps in a systematic approach that will help women develop a more visible presence in a variety of fields, professional and personal.

The event is aimed at academics, support staff and students. We believe in inclusivity and with this belief, we would like to invite all women from across the University, regardless of background or position, to join us for this insightful event which will help us make our presence more perceptible in our communities.

To register for the event, please email A light lunch and refreshments will be available, so please advise if you have any dietary requirements.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Past Events

Some of the topics covered in the past are:

My Career – Serendipity or Strategy? Dr Cath Noakes, School of Civil Engineering and Dr Jane Cahill, School of Healthcare
Role Models and Visibility: Promoting STEM as a career path for women Dr Fiona Gill, School of Earth and Environment
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