About UCL Women

UCL Women is a grassroots networking and social organization for academic staff (PhD students, postdocs and academics) at UCL. We started out as a STEM group, but now we gladly welcome women from all academic disciplines at UCL.

You don’t have to attend every event to be part of the Network. We want UCL Women to be as fluid and useful as possible. We will vary the days of the week and times 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 of us.

Founding members of UCL Women


UCL Women was founded by Dame Prof Uta Frith, Prof Philippa Talmud and Dr Jennifer Rohn, inspired by Uta’s smaller ‘Science and Shopping’ network, which had been running successfully for many years but which was simply too small to include more than a few dozen individuals. It was launched with a bang on Wednesday 16th January 2013 with a packed room of a hundred female academics 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 sending lots of emails, but we do have a formal list we used sparingly that you can sign up for – just email j.rohnucl.ac.uk if you want to be added.