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Essex Women’s Network

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Inspire, Challenge, Succeed - the Essex Women’s Network is open to all staff who work at our University and also to PhD students. Set up in November 2015 in response to the University’s work with Athena SWAN, the network is here to provide a forum for women to share ideas and provide mutual support. By acting as a forum for discussion and a unified voice, it will help to raise issues and address career challenges that women face. The network also provides informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models and a variety of initiatives to improve retention and promotion for women.

The network is a member-led initiative run by women for women, but all staff are welcome to attend events, participate in activities or submit comments.

  • Aim of the network


    • Raise awareness of the network and its activities.
    • Encourage more staff to engage with the gender equality and diversity agendas.
    • Provide a range of events and activities that support women’s careers across the institution.
    • Be a voice for women within the institution.
    • Make regional links with local business networks and women’s charities.

  • Join the network

    You can subscribe to the mailing list. Please circulate to friends and colleagues who might be interested in joining the network and attending any of the events.

  • Events and activities

    Athena SWAN and Essex’s big gender challenges

    Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018

    Time: 12pm - 2pm

    This event will be of benefit to those have an interest in Athena SWAN and/or the gender challenges which have been identified.

    The event will be divided into four phases:

    • Essex Women's Network: an overview of Essex's big gender challenges
    • Preparing a successful Athena SWAN application : an overview from the Essex Athena SWAN Steering Group with timescales, data, tactics and pitfalls
    • Athena SWAN departmental leads to discuss their approach and share materials in small groups
    • Essex Women's Network : feedback and wrap up

    Please book your place via HR Organiser and search by the prefix DIVERSITY

Other networks

Parents' Support Network

You may also be interested in our Parents' Support Network. The network is a group of working parents with shared interests and responsibilities who offer each other informal peer support on topics such as managing the transition back to work and the challenges of being a working parent. All mums and dads are welcome, including mums and dads to be and grandparents.

Women in Science Network

The Women in Science Network was established in 2013 following an action from the University Athena SWAN Bronze Award. It provided support, informal mentoring and networking opportunities to women of all career levels working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). This has now been merged with the Essex Women's Network.