Women's Network

Women's network

The Women's Network is open to all self-defining women students and provides a space to socialise and campaign on gender issues. We campaign to eliminate all forms of discrimination faced by women in the University, at an institutional, social and cultural level.

Joining the networks gives you an opportunity to discuss women’s issues, make real change, meet new people and get practical experience and transferable skills through campaigns, events and social activities.

This group is for self-defining women students, and those who’s gender identity includes woman all or some of the time.

Stay connected and Join our Facebook group here.

  • Women in Academia – Women make up 59% of graduates, however only 20% of university professors are women (European Commission, 2012). Women are especially underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
  • Women in Politics – Despite making up 50% of the population, only 34% of MPs in Parliament are women (House of Commons, 2020) and a mere 0.02% of all MPs are Black Women (Aworo, 2020)
  • Violence Against Women - 1 in 5 women in England and Wales have experienced sexual assault since the age of 16, equivalent to 3.4 million women. 68 % of women students had experienced verbal or physical sexual harassment in and around their university (NUS, 2010).
  • Reporting Sexual Harassment – In a survey of 4500 students from 153 UK universities, only 2% of those experiencing sexual violence felt both able to report it to their university and were satisfied with the reporting process (Revolt Sexual Assault, 2018)

 

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
  • Campaigning for adequate reporting and support structures for students who have experienced sexual harassment.
  • Transparency in the University disciplinary process when officially reporting sexual misconduct.
  • Sexual Health Education.
  • Addressing sexual harassment issues at AU nights.
  • Gender representation in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) programmes.
  • Clear advice for students to deal with difficult supervisor relationships.

The network leads on campaigns in order to bring positive change to the lives of all women students on campus.

Campaign Wins:

  • Involved in the launch of the new Report & Support service, Find out more here:
  • Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay
  • Ain’t I a Woman - bell hooks
  • Feminism is for Everybody – bell hooks
  • The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories by Angela Carter
  • Don’t Touch my Hair – Emma Dabiri
  • Feminism Interrupted – Lola Olufemi
  • Girl Woman Other - Bernardine Evaristo
  • Mask Off – JJ Bola
  • To My Trans Sisters – Charlie Craggs
  • How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Public Speaking by Viv Groskop
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  • A Spark of Light – Jodie Picoult
  • Constance Markievicz: The Rebel Countess – John & Fatti Burke
  • Queen Coal: Women of the Miners’ Strike – Triona Holden