The Women’s Network has been running since 2004 and has been a positive initiative over the last few years. At a time when the University is keen to promote the recruitment, retention and recognition of women in higher education, and Kent in particular, the women’s network has been a group that offered valuable support to members, and feedback to the University on priorities for action.

2024/25 Meeting Dates 

  • TBC

Terms of Reference

  • To raise awareness and provide a forum for the discussion of gender equality issues, both within the Women’s Network and the wider University community.
  • To provide a channel of communication between individuals and central decision making committees, forums and the EDI Network. 
  • To establish working groups to explore issues and recommend changes to enhance policy or practice, as required.
  • To promote good practice across the University and to facilitate action for change. 
  • To provide an update annually for the University EDI report. 

* This could include the: Athena SWAN Working Group; Manager’s Forum; Researcher Development Working Group (this list is not exhaustive).


  • (Chair)
  • EDI Manager or nominee
  • The network is open to all staff at the University of Kent. Current membership: circa 120.   

Frequency of meetings: Termly

Meeting Minutes

For archive copies of meeting minutes please email

Click on the dates below for notes, summary discussions and good practice examples:

  • Wednesday 19th June 2019
  • Tuesday 16th October 2018
  • Tuesday 16 October 2018 - Off campus procedural guide for preventing and dealing with behavioural misconduct

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    Women's Researcher Network

    This network is a grassroots initiative from Early Career Researchers at the University of Kent who identify as women. We are inclusive of those who identify as non-binary, trans, femme, womxn. We are a community of researchers such as PhD candidates, PDRA’s, research assistants, and researchers in early stages of their careers.


    We aim to facilitate discussions on the intersectional impediments women face in academia and to challenge the structures that make them a reality.


    Our strength is in the joined contributions from our members and in sharing knowledge and experience.

    If you would like to join the network, email

    Meeting Dates 

    What's On 

    WReN @ Lunchtime 

    How did I get to here? Thoughts from a Career Feminist

    Wednesday 2nd June 12pm 

    Register Via Eventbrite

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