not alone if you're in the network
successful network for women academics in science, engineering
and technology, which began at Leeds, is to be relaunched
to include all disciplines.
the local academic women's network was the
brainchild of two Leeds lecturers, Dr Nicky Shaw and Dr
Nicola Bown of LUBS (pictured left r-l),
and Dr Zoe Radner and Dr Axel Giroud from the University
of Bradford. UniversitiesUK's Athena project were so impressed
with the idea, they not only funded the network to support
women in science, engineering and technology, but encouraged
other regions to set up similar networks under the same
the Athena funding has ended, the women academics want
to continue the network, but extend it to other disciplines.
Bown said: "We've grown from just six members to
40 in three years, proving there's a need for the support,
advice, and informal connections the network can offer.
We now want to open it to all women academics, irrespective
network grew from the four women’s own needs, as
they first entered the intimidating, and still predominantly
male environment of academia.
Shaw explains: "Beginning a new job in a university
is very bewildering and lonely experience. Our idea was
to help women through that period, and encourage them
to stay in the profession and progress, by offering a
friendly ear, and support from others who've had similar
network can offer professional benefits to established
women academics as well, through meeting others in academia,
being able to interact across disciplines and through
our wide-ranging seminar series."
come from universities across the north of England and
communicate freely, through email lists and an interactive
events are planned with high-profile women academics.
On May 17, the first woman dean of a business school,
Professor Sue Cox from Lancaster University, will be giving
personal reflections on her rise from graduate scientist
to business school dean. The event takes place in Room
1.33 at Leeds University Business School and is open to
more information, see the website at http://lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/LAWNnes
or contact Dr Bown on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dr Shaw on email@example.com