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 to become a successful academic (I did it my way!)'

Date : Wednesday 3 May 2017

Time : 12.00 - 13.00

Venue : 28 University Road LT (G.23) (directions at

Event type : Presentation with discussion

We are pleased to host an audience with Professor Janet Cade. Professor Cade will talk about her experiences as an academic, including reviewing her career in developing a new research area and reflecting on the need for mentors and collaborators. She will also provide some tips for colleagues on what to focus on in this ever changing academic landscape.

Professor Cade leads the Nutritional Epidemiology Group in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. She obtained her PhD from the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in Southampton under the guidance of David Barker. Her main areas of research are nutritional epidemiology, development of new diet assessment methods (e.g., and the relationship of diet to chronic disease development.

Her group is developing the first WHO Collaborating Centre status for nutritional epidemiology and she recently led a University spin-out company to support her research tools. She has led the UK Women’s Cohort Study for over 20 years. She serves on the UK Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and has published over 300 papers, abstracts and book chapters and generated over £6 million in research income (the majority as PI).

Professor Cade was the first Registrar for the Association for Nutrition (, the professional body for nutritionists, protecting the public and promoting high standards in evidence-based science and the professional practice of nutrition.

Please note : Refreshments will be provided, please feel free to bring a packed lunch.

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