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The University of Sheffield: Women@TUoS NETwork

Women@TUoS NETwork provides a fantastic platform to support women’s careers at the University of Sheffield. The Network is just one of many positive action activities at the University, but it is perhaps the most visible, dynamic and inclusive initiative that we run, and it is becoming an important vehicle for our University wide Athena SWAN agenda. 

Our key principles are 'Advocacy. Inspiration. Progress’. It is a network run by members, for members, and it is highly consultative. It aims to support women in their career development, providing informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models, a forum for discussion and a unified voice to help raise issues and thus address the career challenges women face. 

The Network’s primary focus has been women academics and researchers, and this focus has helped to give it a clear identity and purpose. However, many events and activities are open to all staff, women and men, and we now have an active group of members who are keen to see  professional services issues included.

Recognising the importance of incorporating the agenda of the Women's Network into the University’s formal governance structure, we worked with colleagues on the development of the Gender Equality Committee as a formal University committee, and successfully secured 30% representation of Women's Network steering group members on that group. This ensures we are in a strategic position to help progress gender equality, and are embedded in the  development of the University's Athena SWAN action plan.

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