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Queen Mary Academy

UNIque

An online women's development programme for early career researchers

The early career research stage is tough. Interesting, intellectually challenging, pushing back frontiers of knowledge, working with talented people from around the world — all fantastic things. But have you ever:

  • Wondered what on earth the next career step is going to be?
  • Wondered if you can have a university career?
  • Felt surrounded by researchers who are brighter and more together than you?
  • Felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of 'stuff' you are supposed to do as a researcher?
  • Thought of leaving academia but have just spent so long getting to this point?
  • Looked at those 'high ups' in your institution and wondered where the women are?
  • Tried to explain to your parents that postdocs seldom get Nobel prizes? 

The gender pay gap in UK Universities is 16.5%. 
Only 25% of professors are female. 
Big battles.

But as a researcher you are focused on your own battle: your career. 
The only person who is going to prioritise your career is...you.

So what if you could:

  • Step back to understand your career options in and out of the university sector
  • Explore what is important to you so decisions are based on your values
  • Get clear no-nonsense advice to help you get that next position
  • Learn tools to help you set goals and realise them

AND what if you could do this with a bunch of like-minded women from Queen Mary, King's College London and Imperial College London?

So welcome to UNIque — the online programme for university women. Early career researchers just like you.

Format and dates

The format is simple.UNIque programme format A fortnightly webinar — a chance to say hello to women researchers from the three universities, ask questions, and watch on record if you miss it. In between the webinars, you will have to complete some self-guided video lessons and activities to explore the focus of the webinar. The topics covered are: you and the university; you and yourself; you and your career, and you and your goals.

Webinars for the first cohort will take place between 10:00-11:00am on 5 & 19 February, 5 & 19 March and 16 April.

Webinars for the second cohort will take place between 10:00-11:00am on 4 & 19 May, 3 & 18 June, 5 July.

Trainer: Dr Emma Williams

To apply

Please complete a short application form by the end of 28 March 2021 to join the May-July cohort. The application form includes a statement of interest in which you are asked to briefly explain why you are interested in the programme (max. 1200 characters).

Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given to postdoctoral researchers.

For more information contact Dr Fryni Panayidou (f.panayidou@qmul.ac.uk).