UCL Medical School


Emerging Women Leaders

Emerging Women Leaders

The Estelle Wolfson Emerging Women Leaders Course 

Course Background

Women are predicted to become the majority of the medical profession in the next few years, however, they remain under-represented in senior leadership positions.  

The Department of Health and Social Care’s independent review into the Gender Pay Gap in medicine, led by the course director, Professor Dame Jane Dacre, has shown that there is a 16.8% pay gap for doctors. Contributors to this gap include seniority, as there are fewer women in leadership positions. 

UCL Medical School (UCLMS) has a history of supporting women in medicine. UCLMS has produced some truly excellent female alumnae, for example Dame Clare Marx, current Chair of the GMC; Professor Jenny Higham, Chair of the Medical Schools Council and Professor Wendy Reid, Medical Director of Health Education England.  

Developing and delivering this programme at UCLMS and working with these successful women in medicine allows a new generation of doctors to benefit from the expertise and insights gained by these extraordinary women in their careers. 

Programme Outline 

The course outline is as follows:

  1. Participants will attend Development Days at UCL, to include: Exploration of personal leadership characteristics and style; Hear from inspirational speakers; Engage in peer mentoring. 
  2. They will be matched with a senior woman as a mentor, from amongst a pool of UCLMS alumnae and associates, who will provide six weekly face to face sessions, in person or on the telephone. 
  3. They will be taught how to participate in action learning sets, where they will be encouraged to develop and share solutions to real life challenges.
  4. They will be encouraged to network within the group and given opportunities to develop networks externally.
  5. They will be encouraged and supported to attend meetings and events to observe leadership in action at appropriate meetings, tailored to their interests
  6. They will be required to participate in online learning as part of the course, and to contribute to a web-based platform to share their views and experiences with others.