Women at Leeds network (WaLN)

Women at Leeds Network

As part of the University’s support for women across the University there is an active Women at Leeds Network with 2 key strands:

  • A regular monthly network meeting, the First Wednesday Club, which allows the opportunity to network with female colleagues from across disciplines and includes invited speakers to offer advice, support and share their experiences of developing a career.
  • An e-mail network which allows circulation of information on forthcoming First Wednesday meetings, as well as any other information which might be of interest or value to members of the network. If you would like to join this network, go to http://lists.leeds.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/women_at_leeds
  • The actual and virtual networks are open to everyone at the University.

Update from the Women at Leeds Network


Firstly, thank you to those who attended our October event, which had a speed-networking feel to it. It was very successful and as part of the activity, generated lots of ideas for future events.

Sadly the network is not in a position to run an event in November, but we will have a December event and lots of plans are being made for 2017 activities.

Staff & Student Networks and Societies
In the meantime, the October event highlighted a need to signpost network members to some of the other networks and services on offer on campus. The following list of links will hopefully be useful, but we appreciate it may not include everything on offer on campus.

Please note, some networks are for staff or students only.

Leeds 11

Providing a positive, supportive and active network for staff who identify with a minority ethnic group.  The Network exists to provide an environment for BME staff to socialise and receive mutual support.

LGBT Staff Network

Ensuring that the views and concerns of LGBT staff are represented and considered at organisational level, and that their interests continue to form a part of the University’s wider equality and diversity agenda. Providing a safe, welcoming space and group for LGBT identifying staff and colleagues, whatever their orientation, with an interest in LGBT equality to meet, socialise, and/or benefit from mutual support.

University Technicians Network

Meetings include; guest speakers on relevant professional development and career related topics, a chance to meet technicians from other departments.

PG Hub

Connecting postgrads across all disciplines.

Information about all staff networks, social clubs and societies can be found here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/forstaff/info/125141/human_resources/1843/staff_networks

Additionally, student network members can obviously access all the societies and activities arranged the Leeds University Union: https://www.luu.org.uk/groups/

There are 7 welfare groups offered by the Union, including:

Disability Action Group

LBGT group

Mature & Part Time Students Society

Student Parents with Dependants

Postgraduate Society

Other groups which may be of interest to students are the LUU Feminist Society, Leeds Students for Women International, the Black Feminist Society and the Student Women’s Engineering Society.

Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service

The Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service (SCPSS) provides confidential professional support for all University staff for personal or work-related problems and challenges.

Student Counselling Service

The Student Counselling Centre is available to students registered with the University of Leeds. We’re open all year round except weekends, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. Our services include drop-ins and initial consultations, face-to-face and online counselling, groups and workshops, meditation, a self-help library and self-help resources including downloadable MP3s.

Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds

The Chaplaincy is here to support you during your time at university. They provide spiritual support and pastoral care for staff and students of all faiths and none.

Global Community

Events and for information
On top of our usual events, Soapbox Science’s 7th year is set to bring innovative, awe-inspiring, and mind-boggling science to arts festivals around the UK. Thanks to our new STFC-funded project, Soapbox Art & Science will now also be uniting artists and female scientists to explore fresh and engaging ways of communicating scientific ideas through art, and testing them out on audiences at arts festivals.

Any area of science can inspire art: from string theory to laser technology to elephant behaviour! And artistic approaches can provide new, fresh ways to explain science to a non-specialist audience.

What is Soapbox Science? Soapbox Science is a grass-roots science event that brings science to the masses, and tackles inequality issues in science. Female scientists stand on soapboxes on busy urban streets and chat with the public about their work. Our Art & Science events will match scientists with an artist (from a variety of disciplines), who will work with them in the run up to the event to produce a new, innovative and engaging way to help communicate their science.

Soapbox Art & Science will be running in the following cities (exact dates TBC)

Oxford –  July 2017

London – September 2017

Lincoln – September 2017 (digital art)

Leeds  – October 2017

We hope these links and updates are useful, and we will be in touch about how to register for our December event very soon.

Kind regards,

The Women at Leeds Network Team.