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If you have any queries about an event please email the WiSET Coordinator at: wiset-eps@manchester.ac.uk


Building your self confidence
Monday, 3 March 2014, 14:00-15:30, Room 4.204, University Place

This WiSET workshop aims to boost confidence and self-belief; questioning why women often lack confidence, asking what their perception of confidence is and offering ways to tackle a lack of confidence. We will also be highlighting three leading ladies from across our Schools in EPS.


14:00-14:30 - Workshop: How to boost self-confidence and self-belief
Stephanie Walters (Staff Training and Development Unit).
Stephanie runs the Springboard Women's Development Programme and has extensive experience in delivering assertiveness/confidence training to staff across the University.

14:30-14:50 - Talks from female role models
Our three role models have been selected as they have very different stories to share. They will talk about the challenges they faced, how they got to where they are, what support they had, how confident they are in themselves and how they juggle life balancing both personal and professional responsibilites.

Professor Helen Gleeson (School of Physics and Astronomy) will share her story about her progression to Head of School of Physics and Astronomy (post held from 2008-2010) and how she managed 'life at the top'.

Dr. Alice Bows-Larkin (School of MACE) will talk about her move away from disciplinary research into interdisciplinary study, with a break following her PhD to work in science communication before returning to academic and progressing from research associate to reader.

Dr. Aline Miller (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science) will talk about the challenges faced when you have caring responsibilities and the support for her progression to reader in addition to her three periods of maternity leave.

14:50-15:00 - Questions/Comments

15:00-15:30 - Networking session

Past Events 2012-13


Is an Academic Career for You?
Wednesday 27 February 2013, 1.30-3.00pm, room G13D, Sackville Street Building

Hear from some current female PhD students and lecturers about their careers? We will have PhD students and academic staff from the School of Materials, Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and ask them any questions.

Why not come along and hear why they decided to develop academi careers.

A careers consultant from the Careers Service will also give tips and advice on applying for PhDs and career prospects for academic fields.

Refreshments will be provided.

To reserve a place please complete the online booking form at:

Is an Academic Career for You?(Maths)
Wednesday 13 February 2013, 4.00-5.30pm, room G108, Alan Turing Building

Timetable for the event:   

4.00-4.10pm  Dr Catherine Powell on her daily routine of being a maths lecturer, what she normally does everyday as a maths lecturer.

4.10-4.20pm Professor Francoise Tisseur on how she balances her work as a maths lecturer with her personal life (such as her family and friends).

4.20-4.30pm Dr Christiana Charalambous on why and how she found the academic career of being a maths lecturer the right option for her.

4.30-4.40pm Ms Eliazabeth Howarth (current PhD student) on why she chose to study a PhD at this stage of her life and what are her concerns about her career development after she finishes her PhD degree.

4.40-5.00pm Prof Bill Lionheart on jobs that need postgraduate academic study and information on what jobs our former (female) postgraduate students now do in companies.

5.00-5.30pm Questions and Answers session: networking session for students to have some free chat with the speakers and some other female lecturers (Dr Anne Juel and Dr Marianne Johnson will join this session to help out).


Industry Speed Networking Event
Wednesday 5 December 2012, 1.00-3.00pm, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

The chance to talk to female chemical engineers working in a variety of companies about their careers and graduate opportunities.


Jaguar Land Rover Networking event
Wednesday 28 November 2012, 6-8pm
room 2.220, University Place

You will have a chance to hear from some of the women who make things happen at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover. Share experiences with fellow students and find out more about what a career in engineering could be like, as well as life at Jaguar Land Rover. At the event there will be Jaguar Land Rover trainees and senior Jaguar Land Rover women engineers who will talk about the projects they have worked on and the decisions that have influenced their careers to date. Food and drink provided.


WiSET Welcome Event

Wednesday 10 October 2012, Entrance Hall, Sackville Street Building (B floor).

Meet other female students from all Schools in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Find out more about WiSET, take part in social networking activities, meet the WiSET Student Coordinator for your School and suggest ideas for events, industry site visits and skills workshops this year.

Plus there will be free refreshments and stationery!

To reserve a place complete the online booking form at: