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Women@Reading Network

The Women@Reading Network provides a forum for discussion of issues of importance to women, their equality allies and champions. The Network aims to ensure that all women working at the University are empowered to fulfil their potential, while also aiming to support and challenge the University in achieving its gender related aims (such as ensuring gender parity in leadership roles across the University, equity in opportunities and treatment and reduction of the Gender Pay Gap).

The Women@Reading Network Steering Group, informed by the members of the Network, also organises an annual programme of events open to all colleagues, with topics chosen to reflect issues important to women in particular.

Please join us on Wednesday 9 December for the following online event:

  • Understanding Stress and Building Resilience (Wednesday 9 December, 13:30-15:00 via Teams). Professor Patricia Riddell, School of Psychology, will host an informative session exploring stress and resilience. The topical discussion will last approximately an hour, with the final 30 minutes set aside for informal discussion and networking. If you would like to attend, please email (you will receive a link to the Teams event after you have registered your interest).

Future Events for the Spring Term 2021;

  • 13 January 2021: Executive Leadership Coach Sara Perugia will return to speak about Courage and Confidence in your role and your work.
  • 8 March 2021: stay tuned for Women@Reading Network events to be held in the run-up to International Women's Day.

The Network is also working on several initiatives, some of which are in conjunction with other Diversity Networks;

1.       Developing the Women@Reading Network to engage with a wider constituency of women who work at the University. We are mindful that our Network needs to appeal to and work for colleagues with different life experiences.

2.       Working more closely with other Networks to collectively make the University a better place to work and study.

3.       Develop practical tools such as a Gender Allies scheme and exploring the benefits of reverse-mentoring to help educate and provide better awareness of issues relevant to women, which are sometimes not obvious to someone of the opposite gender.

4.       Collaborating with external partners, such as Berkshire Women's Aid, to help support and inform colleagues and to host topical events.

Join the Women@Reading Network

To join the Women@Reading Network or to find out more about upcoming events, please email   

You can also find out more information on our Diversity and Equality Network page. 

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