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Royal Holloway Women's Network (RoWaN)


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Welcome to Royal Holloway Women’s Network (RoWaN).

The purpose of the network is to provide support for women working across Royal Holloway in order to progress and develop their careers and enhance their working environment. RoWaN is open to all staff at Royal Holloway.

To contact RoWaN you can email rowan@rhul.ac.uk

 

Our aims are to:

  • Identify issues that impact on gender equality, raise awareness of these issues and make recommendations for improvement
  • Provide a two way communication route between staff and appropriate College Officers, enabling staff to make their views known and influencing College policy which include identifying potential impact on gender equality and commenting  on consultation documents  
  • Organise regular events such as talks and workshops in order to provide a useful and supportive networking environment
  • Assist with achieving the values and beliefs as outlined in Our future: The Royal Holloway Strategic Plan; 2013-2020, Royal Holloway’s Equality and Diversity Scheme and Dignity at Work Policy, and assist with achieving the institutional Athena SWAN Action Plan
  • Report annually to the central Equality Steering Group.

 

Who we are

RoWaN is run by a committee, chaired by Moya Watson (Department Manager, Geography) and Leanne Workman (Library information Consultant). The Committee meets monthly to discuss the planning of events. Additional members include Laura Coates (Relationship Manager, Development and Alumni Relations), Maria Vardaki (Administration Manager, Academic Services) and Victoria Leonard (Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of History) The team is supported by HR staff from Organisational Development and Diversity: Susan Lee (Equality and Diversity Officer) and Katerina Finnis (Equality and Diversity Coordinator).

 

What we do

We aim to run at least three events a year, normally one per term. Some examples of events we have run in the past include:

  • A Flash-mob Tea Party and reading of ‘Margaret of Anjou’, a reimagining of some of Shakespeare’s heroines, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016;
  • A Health & Wellbeing Workshop organised over a lunchtime, with desktop yoga, nutrition advice and a talk on managing a long-term illness as a busy modern woman;
  • A ‘5 Questions in 5 Minutes’ event, where senior women within the College take to the hot-seat to answer questions about the development of their successful careers, and offer top-tips to their colleagues, both women and men, staff and students;
  • A Speed-networking event with colleagues from across the institution, giving staff the opportunity to chat to members of the College SMT (June 2017);
  • A ‘5 questions in 5 minutes’ for international men’s day (November 2017) to reiterate the message that gender equality is not a ‘women’s issue’: it involves everyone. Celebrating International Men’s Day involves, amongst other things, promoting male role models who can embrace diversity, acknowledging the intersection between gender and other factors that can compound inequalities, and supporting fathers who work part-time or flexibly to be more involved in childcare. We had a diverse set of speakers from across Royal Holloway, from different backgrounds and with different perspectives;
  • A Talk by the College Archivist Harriet Costelloe on the Suffrage Exhibition at Royal Holloway to celebrate International Women's Day (March 2018);
  • A celebration of World Menopause Day (18th October 2018) to discuss existing support at Royal Holloway and explore the apetite for a Menopause Support Network.
  • A Speed-networking event with colleagues from across the College, including members of the College Executive Team, to celebrate International Women's Day (March 2019). 

For further information on gender equality news and events, including RoWaN activities, see here.

Email rowan@rhul.ac.uk for further information on events and activities. 

 

Resources

Research: Vague Feedback is Holding Women Back (Article, Harvard Business Review)

The Different Words We Use to Describe Male and Female Leaders (Articel, Harvard Business Review)

What works for Women at Work (Video, Standford.ed; includes discussion of 'the four atterns of bias')

 

 

 

Useful links

Gender Equality and Athena SWAN

Equality and Diversity news

Gender Equality news

Gender Equality not just for women

Supporting work-life balance

LGBT Equality

Staff Networks at Royal Holloway