We host a themed, monthly network meeting, the First Wednesday Club, 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 are looking at a number of ideas, including an evening reception event and a conference. If you have an idea for a topic that the First Wednesday Club should cover, please get in touch with Cath Noakes.

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

Upcoming Event

WaLN First Wednesday Club: 'How's the New Year's resolution going?'

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Venue: 28 University Road LT (G.23)

Event type: Presentations with discussion and interaction

Starting 2017 on a healthy note, this interactive session looks at health and wellness in the broad context of maintaining that all-important life/work balance. Considering what constitutes wellness, we'll explore practical ways to build in healthy habits, draw upon recent research specific to women's motivations and influences (as well as barriers) to getting active and maintaining healthy habits, consider how we encourage more women to become regularly active across campus, allow for some self-reflection plus facilitate a Q&A.

Delivered by female leaders from the University's Sport and Physical Activity team and a current undergraduate student passionate about this area, we aim to help you keep up those New Year's resolutions.

Suzanne Glavin

Suzanne recently joined the University as the Head of Sport and Physical Activity. She is passionate about the power of sport and physical activity having worked, competed, spectated and volunteered in it for the last 25 years. In her youth she represented Wales as a senior rugby union and netball player. As a rugby union player she took part in the 1991 Inaugural Women’s Rugby Union World Cup, facing the New Zealand Haka and breaking down barriers to female participation. She is committed to equality in sport and creating opportunities for everyone to reach their potential, whatever their level. In 2012, she completed the London Marathon raising over £2,500 for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her dear mum who battled bravely with the disease. She has held senior positions within the sport industry including Director of Development at British Cycling, CEO of Sports Volunteering North West and more recently Strategic Lead, Youth and Education at Sport England where she took a lead role in the implementation of the This Girl Can campaign in the education sector. She is currently reviewing, in conjunction with colleagues from our Student Union, our joint sport and physical activity strategy with the intention of refreshing it, creating new opportunities and building upon the progress already made.

Emma Mackenzie-Hogg

Emma is the Social Sport Manager at the University, focusing on increasing opportunities for students and staff to get active. As a qualified gym instructor, a keen runner, and a yoga fan, working with sport and physical activity throughout her career to date, including education, local authority and now the University, health and wellbeing and the role that physical activity plays within this is something that Emma cares passionately about. She wants to share this passion to inspire more people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She manages the Get Out Get Active programme and developed and launched Uni Girls Can (a university level translation of the national Sport England campaign, This Girl Can) to inspire more female students and staff to engage with sport and physical activity in the context that is right for them. She'll be leading this year’s Healthy Week, with a focus on staff and workplace wellness that can be sustained. As a full time working mum, she can also bring perspective on how hard it can be to balance everything and stay healthy and active!

Namrah Shahid

Namrah is a final year student studying an integrated masters in Chemistry. She is a School Representative for Chemistry, a role in which she set goals to cater more to diverse needs in the school, be proactive about student feedback, and to develop a feel of unity in Chemistry. She’s been part of the LUU Islamic Society since her first day at Leeds, taking on roles such as the Islamic Education officer, the Green room manager and now an ex-officio to the committee. In September 2016, with the help of the library staff, she established the prayer space in the Laidlaw Library. In October 2016, she took an idea to the Better Union Forum to hold Women's-only gym sessions at the edge, the idea passed the forum and she’s now working with the Union and the Edge staff to implement the sessions.  She values the role physical activity can play in her life, trying to incorporate getting out and being active in day-to-day routine. In April 2016, she joined parkrun and has really taken to running since, but has noticed a lack of Muslim girls running and this is something she wants to encourage fellow Muslim sisters to do - "I'm a strong believer that 'Hijabi girls CAN’ just as much as any other girl can! I've started running in races; I completed my first 10k race in November 2016 and already signed up for one in February! I hope one day to be a top academic in chemistry and I hope to make it to marathon level running."

Refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to this event.

To register and for more information, please follow this link:

If you have any queries, please contact Samantha Haynes.

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, SDDU
Travels with my Family: Work-life balance on four continents Barbara Evans, Associate Professor, 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