NU Women Upcoming Events – Summer 2020

Five Things Career
If the current situation has prompted thoughts about where you want to go next in developing your career, we are offering some opportunities to listen to and talk with some senior women colleagues to learn from their experiences and exchange ideas. Women’s career paths are often different to those of our male colleagues, and we have developed strategies for success which have often emerged as we responded to challenges and barriers we faced along the way.

We are offering two events with different speakers and will be capping numbers at 50 participants per session. Please note that we will be offering similar events for colleagues in Professional Services later in the calendar year, although everyone is welcome to participate in the events described below.

Session 1 – Tuesday 21 July, 2-3pm
Speakers: Janet Wilson (FMS), Jenny Read (FMS), Karen Corrigan (HASS), Rose Gilroy (HASS)
Facilitator: Karen Ross (HASS)

Session 2 – Thursday 30 July, 1-2pm
Speakers: Hayley Fowler (SAGE), Heather Cordell (FMS), Janice McLaughlin (HASS), Eileen Kaner (FMS)
Facilitator: Karen Ross (HASS)

You can register for either event here.

There’s something I’d like to ask you…
We are offering an opportunity to have a more focused one-to-one conversation (~15 mins) with a senior woman colleague on the following times and days.

Janet Wilson – Thursday 16th July, 10-11am
Karen Ross – Friday 17th July, 10-11am
Karen Corrigan – Wednesday 29th July, 1-2pm
Eileen Kaner – Wednesday 29th July, 4-5pm
Janice McLaughlin – Tuesday 4th August, 10-11am

You can register for an allocated time slot for any of the hosts here. There are a maximum of 5 slots per session, and it is first come, first served. There will be further one-to-one sessions over the summer, so if your preferred session is full but you would be interested in attending future sessions, you can choose to be added to a reserve list and will be contacted when new slots open up. Please note that future sessions will likely have different hosts.

For further information on any of the above events, please contact Karen Ross (

NU Women/Wellcome Trust Reimagine Research Culture – Virtual Café

In January 2020 the Wellcome Trust shared the results of their Reimagine Research Culture survey – the largest ever on the experiences of research culture. A series of Town Halls took place across the country to hear directly from the different aspects of the community, but Wellcome were conscious that not every voice could be heard in this way – they developed a Café Culture kit so people could gather in smaller groups to discuss the survey findings, and propose solutions.

NU Women will be running these cafés virtually in order to inform how we can better support members of our community, and contribute to a more creative, inclusive and honest research culture at Newcastle. These are open to the whole NU Women community, regardless of area of work, role or grade – everyone contributes to research culture, everyone’s voice matters, and so everyone is welcome.

We are running two of these initially, at different times and different days to best accommodate people in different situations. We aim to host these in June and September to best capture the changes and challenges we experience as we emerge from COVID19, and the different ways we can be better allies of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Our first Reimagine Research Culture Café will be held on Tuesday 23rd June at 11.00-12.30 via Zoom. Please follow this link to register. There will be a maximum of 20 attendees at this event due to the virtual format – if you are unable to attend the cafe on June 23rd, or the event has reached its capacity, we encourage you to register your interest for future cafes.