University Women's Network


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The beginning of the network

Thursday 08 March 2018 saw the advent of These Women Can! Hosted by the Learning and Teaching Academy, These Women Can! was our first university wide event to celebrate, debate and explore the challenges women face in Further Education, Higher Education and Research. The event was open to all and featured contributions from colleagues in student leadership, academic and wider professional roles. Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal for Widening Access and Community at Edinburgh Napier University, was our keynote speaker for the day, and spoke about her experiences of setting up the Edinburgh Napier Women’s Network. A Women’s Network was identified by the participants as being something that would be welcomed at the university and so we sent out a small survey to help identify the network purpose and logistics.

Initial feedback from the survey highlighted a genuine interest to set up a University Women’s Network to meet a few times a year,  to debate the current challenges facing women in Higher and Further Education and within our own institution and to plan initiatives to address these challenges.  The Women’s Network would also provide an opportunity to invite internal and external speakers to share their experiences in this area. The Womens's Network launch was on Tuesday 17 July 2018, with Dr Antonia Darder presenting 'Embodied Love and Emancipatory Possibilities: Examining Issues for Transforming Gender Inequalities'.


Joining the University Women's Network 

If you would like to join the network then please email Alex Walker at 


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