UCL Women launched with a bang on Wednesday, 16th January with a packed room of a hundred female academics (postdocs and above) in the area of sciences, engineering and maths. We heard from a diverse panel of women about how their careers have panned out and what influences have helped them to succeed.
Later, we opened up the floor to the audience and discussed various issues that women in science face and how we might want the network to function – both philosophically and logistically. The consensus was that we’d appreciate both opportunities for informal drop-in sessions, where we can chat and meet new people, and periodic events where we can enjoy one another’s company in a more structured way.
Please watch this website or follow us on Twitter (@UCLWomen) to get the latest news. If you aren’t already on Twitter, we can highly recommend this as a good networking tool in itself. We want to avoid emails lists as they make a lot of work for a few people. In parallel, we are planning a more interactive web space where everyone interested in suggesting the Network’s direction can give suggestions. We want the group to be grassroots and self-organizing, though the core group will obviously have a hand in making sure things run smoothly. Keep an eye on this page for updates about the new web space.
Just a reminder about who the Network is for:
Academic staff (postdocs and above) in STEM at UCL. Due to the very large numbers interested, at this time we have to restrict ourselves to STEM and to postdocs and above; networks are sensitive to scale, and logistics are influenced by it. In the future we may be able to relax our criteria or aid spin-out groups, but in the meantime we are sorry to disappoint some people and we hope you understand our restrictions.
Any eligible staff can come, even if they could not attend the launch event.
You don’t have to attend every event to be part of the Network. We want this to be as fluid and useful as possible. We will vary the days of the week when we meet to help ensure that no one person is excluded from all events.
We look forward to meeting new colleagues and making UCL a better place for all