awp logoThe Academic Women’s Programme (AWP) is designed to support Academic Women at Imperial through a targeted range of development interventions.

Programme 2020 dates:

  • Session 1: Tuesday 17 November 10.00 - 12 noon
  • Session 2: Tuesday 17 November 14.00 – 16.00
  • Session 3:* Monday 23 November 10.00 – 12 noon or Tuesday 24th November 14.00 – 16.00
  • Session 4:* Wednesday 02 December 9.30 – 13.00 or Thursday 3rd December 9.30 – 13.00
  • Session 5: Monday 07 December 10.00 – 12 noon
  • Session 6: Tuesday 08 December 14.00 – 16.00

All sessions will be run online.

* For sessions 3 and 4 the group will divide into two and therefore there will be some choice of dates.
These sessions work best with smaller numbers and dividing the group will allow maximum interactivity.

Academic Women’s Programme

Programme Details

Sonia Kumar

The Academic Women’s Programme provides opportunities to build skills and strategies to support further career progression and provides a confidential and supportive environment to share experiences, explore challenges and develop tools and techniques for the future. The programme is actively supported by the Provost and Faculty Deans and the content designed to reflect needs arising from Athena SWAN data, wider research around gender inequality, assumptions and stereotypes and input from previous delegates.

The 2020 Academic Women’s Programme will focus on women who are

  • currently lecturers/clinical lecturers (in addition, we will also consider applications from independent research fellows [1] at a similar stage in their career)
  • on the academic ladder
  • intending to remain in academia

The purpose of the programme is to:

  • Keep the pipeline of talented women academics as strong as possible
  • Demonstrate to women (existing and prospective) that the college is committed to gender equality
  • Facilitate “good habits” early in the career
  • Support progression

Content will include:

  • Managing own career pathway
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Impact and identity
  • Negotiating and influencing
  • Building a strategy – networking, mentoring, citizenship
[1] Independent research fellows (this is a member of research staff that has successfully applied for funding to include their salary e.g. ICRFs, UKRI FLFs, Royal Society UFR, BBSRC Future Leaders, EPSRC Early Career Fellows, Sir Henry Dale, MRC NIRGs)

 

Selection process

Applications for this programme are now closed

Rationale for the programme

The Academic Women’s Programme reflects the College’s commitment to advancing the careers of academic women in STEMM subjects and addressing the “leaky pipeline” that results in the number of women decreasing along the academic career pathway. The intention is to increase the pool of talented women and ultimately improve representation at senior leadership level.

Athena Swan activities at department and college level focus on structural and cultural barriers: looking for ways to change and improve policies and practices so that women academics (and their male counterparts) can thrive and progress according to merit. Academic Women’s Programme provides opportunities for individual women to build skills and strategies to support further career progression and provides a confidential and supportive environment to share experiences, explore challenges and develop tools and techniques for the future.

Comments from 2018 participants

"Time and space to think proactively about goals, career and day to day efficiency"
"The programme has raised my awareness of many aspects: myself, as a leader, as a communicator, a scientist"
"I am more effective day to day and a bit more strategic"
"Understanding what we are expected to do at this career level"
"I am more effective day to day and a bit more strategic"
"Great new connections and network"

The AWP Team

Fiona Richmond - Organisational Development Consultant

Fiona RichmondTel:   020 7594 1128
Email: f.richmond@imperial.ac.uk

 

Rochelle Dalrymple - Learning and Development Programme Coordinator
Tel: 020 7594 0975
Email: r.dalrymple@imperial.ac.uk

Melanie Lee - Organisational Development Consultant

Melanie Lee Tel: 020 7594 0967
Email: m.lee@imperial.ac.uk