UCL Women is a grassroots networking and social organization 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 staff; 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 to the events, 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 UCL Women 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 of us.
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 lists as they make a lot of work for a few people.