Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Successful female careers

Information for research staff societies looking to run activities and events.

It may be that you are interested in running events related to showcasing female careers and/or managing work life balance. If you are interested in running an event in your society that focuses on this, it could take the form of:

Invited speakers

  • Talk from a senior female academic at the University about their insights into establishing a successful academic career; giving an overview of what the main challenges were at the different stages of their career, how they balanced the day-to-day work with their longer term career aspirations.
  • Talk from a female/male academic about how to achieve the best work/life balance and maternity/paternity issues.
  • Talk from Daphne Jackson or Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships holders about taking career break, returning to work and why they applied to the fellowship -

Mentoring and coaching events

  • The IAD, and Talent and Development, run a mentoring scheme – Mentoring Connections – where you can request a mentor, and specifically a female mentor. Both IAD and T&D are happy to come and speak at any society event about mentoring.

  • Equate Scotland deliver training and support for women, they offer career-focused events through interconnect for female students, helping them make links with industry and other female professionals and provide coaching and mentoring support and advice.


  • Career-related events
  • Networking events for female academics.
  • Events around work-life balance; maternity/paternity entitlements and part-time/flexible working

More information

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