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

It 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.
Information about the 2021/2 programmes will be posted here and widely advertised as it becomes available.

Academic Women’s Programme

Programme information

Sonia Kumar

The focus for each programme varies from year to year and is determined through discussion with Deans, FOOS and Athena/EDI leads using information from staff surveys and other relevant sources.
The 2018 programme was for senior lecturers/clinical senior lecturers and the 2020 programme was for lecturers/clinical lecturers and independent fellows at a similar stage of their career.

Programmes use a mix of facilitated sessions (virtual or face to face), psychometrics and coaching.
Typical content includes:

  • Managing own career pathway
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Impact and identity
  • Negotiating and influencing
  • Building a strategy – networking, mentoring, citizenship

Selection process

There is no selection process open at present.

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 delegates

"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

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

Nichola Stallwood - Head of Learning and Organisational Development
Tel:   07927 671 387
Email: n.stallwood@imperial.ac.uk