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

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 network’s 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

- Dr Rachel Muers, School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science, at

- Dr Andrea Utley, School of Biomedical Sciences, at

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

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