Water Woman inspirational events on Career Progression

water@leeds is excited to announce a two part Career Progression event, with panels made up of the inspiring winners of the Water Woman Award 2021 and colleagues in HR and research support.


Water Woman Inspirational Career Panel, 10.30am, Monday 4 October 2021

This event is open to everyone associated with water@leeds, irrespective of gender.  The panel will share their thoughts on a set of career development and progression questions, including:

  • The main influences and assists to your career progression
  • Barriers and how to overcome them
  • The career/life balance
  • Career progression in a time of Covid

Our panel represents a wide range of career stages and roles, including postdoctoral researchers, established academics, and those who provide essential research support, and between them will have insights relevant to everyone. As a participant you will have the opportunity to suggest a question or talking point in advance.

More details and register for panel event here.


Water Woman  Career Progression Workshop, 12.30, Tuesday 5 October 2021

The workshop is open to University of Leeds staff who identify as female and who are associated with water@leeds. 

The workshop will be focused around an interactive small group discussion, with each group themed to a particular career stage and role, and led by appropriate Water Woman winners and HR staff and research support.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their own career planning thoughts, ask questions, and learn from the experience of others, with the objective of constructing their own plan for the next five years. The personalised nature of the discussions will ensure that this event will be beneficial for everyone.

More details and register for workshop here.

Panelists and participants are:

Dr Janet Richardson, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Impact Translation Fellow for iCASP. Water Woman Award for Societal Impact

‘I think my career pathway and different ways of working across disciplines, departments and with stakeholders is inspirational to women at different career stages – especially as impact is increased on the universities agenda. I think others can learn from me how to translate research, how relationships are key and that knowledge exchange is a two way approach.’ Janet Richardson

Dr Laura Carter, Academic Fellow in Soil Science, School of Geography. Water Woman Award for Early Career Research

‘Being a young researcher has created opportunities, such as access to early career awards, but this has also presented difficulties. At meetings I have often been ignored by more senior academics because of my age and gender. I persevered in talking to as many people as possible, highlighting my skills and expertise and was subsequently invited to join a proposal as Co-Investigator.’ Laura Carter

Helena Brown, Lead Technician for Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Water Woman Award for Research Support

‘My placement at the Royal Institution Lectures is a proud moment and career highlight. The RI are proud to support technicians, especially given that Faraday started his scientific career as one. The placement has raised my profile, and as such the profile of female technicians, more than anything else I’ve ever achieved.’  Helena Brown

Dr Yim Ling Siu, Lecturer in Environmental Risk Management, School of Earth and Environment. Water Woman Award for Research Funding,

I have learnt a lot over the past years and have been inspired by other people, especially female colleagues, who have been struggling in a similar situation for not giving up hope and passion. I think I can now set an example for others and I firmly believe that successful people keep moving; they make mistakes, but they never quit. I do not want to quit and I do not quit even though it may take a long time to reach my goal.’  Yim Ling Siu

Professor Alison M Dunn, Professor of Ecology, School of Biology, who received a special commendation for her story which serves to inspire others.

‘My research is strongly collaborative; I work with colleagues including academic staff, stakeholders, students and volunteers in research and environment management. I am proud that this work has developed links with a range of researchers, research support staff, impact staff and stakeholder partners, the majority of which were female. I am proud that I have helped to supervise and mentor undergradate and postgraduate students, and research and innovation staff who have gone on to the first steps in their STEM careers.’ Alison Dunn

Dr. Aisling Dolan, School Research Manger, School of Earth and Environment.

Nichola Sykes, HR Officer, School of Earth and Environment

The events will be chaired by:

Prof. Julia Martin Ortega, Professor in Ecological Economics, School of Earth and Environment, water@leeds Associate Director

Prof. Clare Woulds, Professor of Marine Biochemistry, School of Geography, Athena Swan representative for School of Earth and Environment.