The purpose of our network is to support and empower all those working across the University who identify as women, regardless of grade or job role. We aim to:
- provide a forum of debate on issue that are pertinent to women in the workplace
- provide a platform for the voice and views of women within the University to be represented
- recognise and celebrate the achievements of women at the University
- contribute to shaping the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.
The network meets informally a few times per semester and invite internal and external speakers to share their experiences. We also celebrate key events, such as International Women's Day.
Benefits of Joining the Network
- Networking: an opportunity to meet and connect with other women who work at the university, which can help to build relationships and expand your professional network.
- Advocacy: we advocate for policies and practices that support gender equity and work-life balance, which can help to improve the workplace environment for women.
- Community: our network provides a sense of community and belonging, which can be particularly important for women who may feel isolated or marginalised in male-dominated fields.
- Support: through the women’s network you can benefit from emotional and social support, particularly during times of stress of difficulty, such as when facing workplace discrimination or harassment.
- Professional development: we can facilitate and signpost opportunities for professional development and skill-building, which can help you to advance in your career and achieve your goals.
Professional development opportunities
Springboard work and personal development training course for women
Springboard is the award-winning, globally recognised, personal development programme for women. It is designed for women who want to take control, become more assertive, increase their confidence & build themselves a more positive attitude in both their work and home lives
The programme is open to women from all backgrounds, ages, and stages of their lives, from all areas of the University.
The 2023 programme is now underway, but you can find more details and check back later for details of the 2024 programme.
Aurora women's leadership development programme
This development programme is run by the Leadership Foundation to Higher Education, and focuses on developing future leaders. Aurora aims to enable a wider range of women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as future leaders, to develop the skills they will need and to help their institutions to maximise the use of the skills they acquire.
Find out more about the programme and how to apply.
Athena SWAN is a gender equality charter aiming to address inequalities and improve experiences of staff and students irrelevant of their gender. Find out more about St Mary’s Athena SWAN efforts.
Harassment and safety on campus
If you have experienced harassment, bullying, discrimination, or misconduct, there are a number of options to report and/or seek support. For confidential support staff are advised to use the Employee Assistance Programme. You may also wish to seek support from St Mary’s Mental Health First Aiders. To report any issues you have experience you can do so anonymously, or by speaking to the HR Business partner team. Reporting details.
If you or someone you know has experienced Sexual Harassment, Assault, Stalking, or any form of Sexual Misconduct, you do not have to cope alone. Support is available at the University and by external support services. Find out more.
The Women's Network provides community and support in relation to the following topics:
Networking and professional development
Harassment and sexual misconduct
- Staff looking for urgent support are encouraged to contact our Employee Assistance Programme. Students looking for urgent support are encouraged to contact St Mary’s counselling services or University Security (020 8240 4060).