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Women of WMG

WoW objectives

WoW was created by our Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. Our objective is to encourage the growth and progression of our women and in turn create an even more diverse department.

The team felt there was a very real need to:


  • Provide a support network to female members of staff, in a wide spectrum of academic and professional disciplines, to encourage more interaction across WMG
  • Listen to the concerns and needs of our women in the department
  • Develop an inspiring social network


Key events in the pipeline

Female only focus groups to identify career progression needs, and how any development ‘barriers’ can be overcome

Inspirational guest speakers (both from within WMG and externally)

Career support workshops

Quarterly social event

Opportunities to support outreach activities

WoW Lecture Series

Lecture 1 - Madhuban Kumar, CEO of Metafused.

"Data Analytics and AI - Artificial Intelligence, Automation and My Journey"


Watch the video

Lecture 2 - Dr Emily Grossman - International Women's Day Talk

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"Secrets of Success"

Emily talks about her varied career as a scientist, actress, teacher, writer and broadcaster. She asks what it takes to succeed in your chosen profession and discusses the challenges she has faced as a woman in STEM and the lessons she has learnt along the way - exploring the ideas of success, fear of failure, changing path, resilience, confidence, imposter syndrome, unconscious bias, sexism, online abuse, self-care and personal growth.

We are WoW

The WoW committee is made up of:

Dr Melanie Loveridge, Associate Professor

Clare Garcin, Project Officer (Athena Swan and ED&I)

Farah Villa Lopez, Assistant Professor

Liz McArdle, Innovation Manager

Olawunmi Ogunde, PGR student

Onyinyechukwuka Okonji, PGT Student

Lauren Price, HR Assistant

Katie Travers, Learning and Development and HR Projects Officer

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