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.
Ultimately, the First Wednesday Club provides a chance for women across the University to come together and network in a friendly, supportive environment.
The First Wednesday Club is always held over lunchtime, refreshments are provided and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch if they want to.
If you have an idea for a topic that the First Wednesday Club should cover, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are a few of the topics the First Wednesday Club has covered in the past:
|My Career Serendipity or Strategy?||Dr Catherine Noakes, School of Civil Engineering & Dr Jane Cahill, School of Healthcare|
|Personal Networking: blagging or building?||Ruth Winden, Director of Careers Enhanced Ltd.|
|Role Models and Visibility: Promoting STEM as a career path for women||Dr Fiona Gill, School of Earth & 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|
|Gender Statistics: What do they really mean?||Dr Lisa Buckner, School of Sociology & Social Policy|
|Black Holes, White Holes and Worm Holes||Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRAS, University of Oxford|
|Imposter Syndrome||Anita Blakeston, School of Physics & Astronomy and Samia Bageghni, School of Medicine|
|Career Progression for Technical Staff||Dr Sarah Myers, Jackie Goodall, & Karen Stevens|
|Assertiveness and negotiation skills||Penny Hatton, SDDU|
|Female VCs experience of gendered leadership styles||Dr Paula Burkinshaw, Leeds University Business School|