Women in STEM

Molecular scale physics

We have a strong commitment to supporting women in STEM and this is reflected in the number of female academics and students working and studying within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Find out more about our diverse student community from example profiles of our current students and alumni.

Athena SWAN Charter

We have received a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award from AdvanceHE, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector for our engineering schools, which includes computing and a Bronze Award for chemistry, physics and mathematics. 

Women of Achievement

The Women of Achievement awards recognise the significant contribution and impact that women – both our staff and students – have made across the University and beyond.

The awards began in 2012 and are now a regular feature in the University’s calendar.  They are a key part of the University’s commitment to further promote gender equality and support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation..

Women at Leeds Network (WaLN)

As part of the University’s support for women there is an active network, WaLN for all female staff and postgraduate students. The network runs monthly lunchtime meetings, evening events and supports an annual conference to bring together female colleagues from across disciplines.

Meetings cover a range of topics including invited speakers who share their experiences, career development such as fellowships and promotions, maternity leave and work-life balance and personal development such as confidence, mindfulness, unconscious bias.

Student Women’s Engineering Society

There is a student led engineering society, an affiliated student group of the Women’s Engineering Society, who aim to strengthen the link between female students by providing an exciting range of events to network.

Equality and Inclusion

We have a range of family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave and offer policies to support work life balance. Find out more.

Useful links

Listed below are some organisations, which have been set up specifically to offer advice and guidance to women considering a future career in engineering: