Wednesday 10 March

Lockdown Leicester: Women’s Experiences, Challenges and Innovation

10.00am - 11.30am, Zoom

The College of Life Sciences will be hosting a panel discussion on women’s experiences, challenges and innovations during lockdown life. Contributors will include:

  • Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, Honorary Consultant Diabetologist and Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
  • Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, founder and Director of Zinthiyas trust, a local charity that works with women in Leicester.
  • Sally Etheridge, Programme Lead and founder of Leicester Mammas, a community interest company that supports pregnant women and mothers in Leicester.
  • Barbara Czyznikowska, a researcher at the Centre for BME Health who has worked on participation in vaccine trials and reasons for anxieties amongst certain populations.

Please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

Menopause Café and Workshop

12.30pm, Microsoft Teams

It has been 3 years since we were the first university in Britain to implement a Menopause Policy following the great work by our academic colleagues, at the time, who published: ‘Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation.’ 

Whilst ‘menopause’ is not just a women’s issue, we want to celebrate our policy and remind all staff as part of International Women’s week what menopause is and how our policy can support staff in the workplace who are effected by menopause. 

You are invited to a Menopause Café/workshop that will include a short presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences or just listen.

Join the event on Microsoft Teams

Women’s Inspiration Network Launch

1.00pm - 2.00pm, Eventbrite

Join us to find out about the new Women's Inspiration Network (WIN), run by women for women at the University of Leicester. Our aim is to create a community where women in all roles can become potential leaders, inspiring confidence through the celebration of both our similarities and differences. 

This event showcases the launch of our interactive online platform and WIN café, where women can share experiences and provide support to other women within the community. 

With WIN you will get:

  • A sustainable network based around a digital platform, with light-touch on boarding activities to support the formation of an online community.
  • A randomised coffee trial scheme, 'WIN café', where women sign up to have a 30 minute one-on-one informal chat with a new person once per month, meeting women across the University with different interests and jobs that you have never met before.
  • An open and supportive platform for discussion and the opportunity to showcase yourself through story sharing or event hosting.
  • An opportunity to improve your profile and leadership skills by joining the network team. 

Women in both professional and academic services and postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to come along to the launch event to find out more.

Please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

If you cannot join the event but wish to be part of WIN, contact Becci Burden on

  • This event is open to staff and postgraduate students.

From Academia to Industry: Challenges and opportunities – Guest Talk by Dr. Anasol Peña-Rios, Applied Research, British Telecom (UK)

2.00pm - 3.00pm, Microsoft Teams

The change from academia to industry can often be a daunting experience but it can also be a great opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that academia may not be able to offer. In this presentation, Dr Peña-Rios will talk about her professional journey, the work she does and why women should get involved in STEM-related careers.

Dr Anasol Peña-Rios is a Research Manager at BT Research Labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich, where she specialises in AI and Immersive Technologies (VR/AR/MR). In addition, she is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex (UK), from where she holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MSc in Advanced Web Engineering. Previously, she completed a BEng in Information Technology at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico).

Anasol has been personally driving the agenda on exploring the use of immersive technologies in the context of BT´s field force operations. Her work contributed to BT´s portfolio who was presented with a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award (2017), and an IEEE Outstanding Organisation Award (2017). In addition, her project was highly commended at the IET Innovation Awards 2018. She was the winner of the TechWomen100 2020 awards, shortlisted for the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2018 and was awarded Best KTP Associate 2016 by the University of Essex Research and Enterprise office.

Anasol is an IEEE Senior Member, Board Member and co-founder of the Immersive Learning Research Network, and Board Member of the Creative Science Foundation. Her other professional contributions include numerous peer-reviewed publications and editorial work, in addition, to serve as chair and co-organiser of numerous academic conferences. She has more than 15 years’ professional experience in industry, working in close collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams.

Two parallel sessions running alongside this talk from 3.00pm - 4.00pm.

Parallel Session 1: Unconscious Bias Quiz

In this session we will introduce and go through and complete the Unconscious Bias Quiz. Unconscious Bias can manifest within our working environment and have an impact on how we experience Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at our workplace. This session will aim to promote awareness of Unconscious Bias issues through the Unconscious Bias Quiz.

Join the session on Microsoft Teams.

Parallel Session 2: Session title – Recruitment and Application Processes at the University of Leicester

In this session , you’ll learn about the recruitment process at the University and some of the specific challenges faced with regards to recruitment into STEM positions. You’ll learn about the CV, application and interview process and how to give yourself the best chance of standing out at every stage. The session will be delivered by senior members of the recruitment team at the university who have extensive experience recruiting to these types of roles.

Join the session on Microsoft Teams.

Has Covid-19 reverted decades of progress in gender equality?

3.15pm, Microsoft Teams

Chaired by Pascale Lorber, this panel made up by Dr Troy Lavers and Dr Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella will discuss the gendered implication of Covid-19 and women’s research in this area. 

Troy research is in feminism and international law and Eugenia’s research is on gender equality and focuses on the principle of work life balance.  

For more information and to be invited to the Teams event, please contact Eugenia on