We provide a space for women to discuss the particular issues they experience in the research domain and have over 60 members across the University.
The Women in Research Network started as part York’s EDI strategy for the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account to form a Women in Science Group exploring the barriers to women applying for grants and funding and undertaking more entrepreneurial activities.
The network is open to women of all backgrounds and this includes people who identify as trans women or non-binary. We recognise that women's experiences, while often common or similar, are different depending on their background, heritage and life experiences. Our members enjoy the interdisciplinarity of the network and support from colleagues for their research and career progression.
I started today feeling pretty despondent - actually quite upset about how powerless I am in my career. But this all changed within the first hour! Loads of positive and inspiring tips for how to take control and ownership of our profiles. What have we got to lose?
What we do
Throughout the year we organise a series of coffee mornings with bite size training sessions which have included topics such as, 'How to use Social Media to enhance Research Impact', 'Mentoring Opportunities at York', 'Athena SWAN at York', 'Research Funding Opportunities at York' and 'The new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers'.
We have hosted two annual Women in Research Conferences to celebrate International Women’s day in March (Women in Research 2020 - Strengthening your Profile (PDF , 267kb), Women in Research 2019 - Enhancing the Impact of yourself and your research (PDF , 63kb)). The conference workshops were led by Catherine Cuffley, experienced in leadership coaching and developing entrepreneurs, and founder of Thinking Choices.
The events were supported as part of the University's Athena SWAN agenda by Professor Deborah Smith, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, and by Professor Karen Bloor, Research Champion for Health and Wellbeing. The conferences included talks from both internal and external speakers, followed by a Q and A session.
The value of the network
The women who attended the events value being able to share their experiences and to network with other researchers from across the University. We are building the network with the support of the Equality and Diversity Office, the Research Excellence Training Team and the Research and Innovation Development Team, and will continue to provide a blend of events such as an annual conference and coffee mornings with bite size training from speakers (both internal and external) as well as more informal get togethers.
I thought motherhood and redundancy had crushed my chances of a fulfilling and autonomous research career. The speakers at the Women in Research Workshop really changed my outlook on this and made me far more optimistic. Catherine Cuffley's workshop on overcoming imposter syndrome was really pivotal in making me rethink the image I was projecting to the research community. I applied for a new job a few weeks after the workshop, back in my original field of research, and was delighted to be offered the post in May. I am sure that the confidence and mindset that I gained from the workshop had a major impact in my putting together a high-quality application and coming across confidently at interview.
Women in Research Network Conference: Catalyst for Change: Replenish, Regenerate, Reactivate
10 March 2021
9.45am - 2.30pm
The aim of the conference is to reflect on your work-life balance, including tools to help manage your work and thinking about how to take the next step in your career.
The morning will be opened by Professor Kiran Trehan followed by a workshop where we’ll reflect on the year we’ve just had and how to move forward, focusing on replenishing, regenerating and reactivating yourselves and your career. The workshop will be run by Dr Hannah Roberts a career coach and professional skills trainer. Professor Matthias Ruth will open the afternoon session where we will hear inspiring talks from women researchers passionate about their research and willing to share their lived experiences of a career in research thus far.
We welcome new members to the group and are always on the lookout for new areas of training and speakers. If you have a topic that you would like to share with the group, would like to invite a speaker or lead one of our events, then just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.