UCL Human Resources


Women in research

This two-day intensive programme is designed to support leadership development and career planning of self-identifying female research students, early career researchers and teaching staff.

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This new programme is designed to support early stage women researchers aspiring to explore their career options and assess their leadership capabilities and aspirations.

A practical course where participants will get the chance to de-construct common myths around leadership (which may impact career progression and goals), explore career pathways, assess their preferred leadership style and develop a personalised career action plan with clear and attainable goals. This is a highly participative programme and active contribution and reflection will be encouraged throughout. 

Suspension of face-to-face learning

We've put our face-to-face training on hold for the time being, and are working hard to design a series of short online webinars to support women researchers during this time. We'll share details of how you can book the alternative sesions on this page. Thank you for your patience.

Course objectives: 

  • To demystify leadership and de-construct assumptions which may impact career choices
  • To identify your preferred leadership style(s), motivations and values
  • To reflect on your achievements to date and identify what made it work
  • To explore your next career goals, leadership roles and pathways in research, academia and beyond
  • To identify potential areas for development and critical success factors
  • To help you start or develop your personal career action plan and gain a greater sense of direction
  • To include a safe place to share your own experience as a researcher with other women researchers

Who can participate?

  • Early stage women researchers working across all faculties
  • Women postgraduate students in their final year (3rd/4th year full-time and 5th/6th year part-time mode)

Schedule in 2019/20 session:

  • 26-27 November 2019 (applications closed)
  • 15-16 January 2020 (applications closed)
  • 30-31 March 2020: cancelled due to Covid-19 emergency
  • 03-04 June 2020: cancelled due to Covid-19 emergency

Please note: this programme takes place over two full days (from 10:00 to 17:00). Before applying, please ensure you are able to attend the full course.

Register interest for sessions in 2020/21 academic year