ResNet Christmas Social ResNet Christmas Social

Thursday 12 December 2013

Twenty ResNet members came along to this social event after work to enjoy the opportunity to chat over a glass of fizzy wine and some Christmas treats.

In response to the question "How should ResNet develop ahead of our 15th anniversary?" suggestions were put forward, including extending ResNet out into the wider local community, and making links with similar groups in other universities.

Comments from Christmas Social [PDF Document]

My Productivity Journey: A Practical Guide to "Getting Things Done"™ and Stress-Free Productivity! My Productivity Journey: A Practical Guide to "Getting Things Done"™ and Stress-Free Productivity!

Sarah Tolland, JIC

Wednesday 27 November 2013
Lecture Theatre, Institute of Food Research

This event was well attended. The speaker Sarah Tolland, an administrator at JIC, gave an inspiring talk entitled My Productivity Journey: a practical guide to "Getting Things Done"™ and stress-free productivity! Based on a book by David Allan, Sarah illustrated how she had applied the book's key principles to gain better control of her work/life balance. Key to this was realising the brain was not good at remembering things in an efficient manner. By ordering and recording actions externally on paper or electronically, both the brain and inbox could be cleared. A number of tips and tricks were suggested to help everyone to gain control of their own workload. There was an opportunity for questions and afterwards Sarah attended the buffet networking lunch.

Sarah Tolland's talk [PDF Document]

ResNet Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week ResNet Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Colette Henry, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Thomas Paine Study Centre UEA

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, and with co-sponsorship from the Norwich Business School at UEA, ResNet invited Professor Colette Henry to present her latest research on women's enterprise in the Sciences.

Professor Henry focused on the feminisation of the veterinary profession and the implications this has on the industry, the professionals operating within it, and the higher education sector. Eighty five percent of veterinary students are female, starting salaries are often as low as ~£19,000 and the industry is increasingly influenced by management through high street chains. She argued that entrepreneurship education at the undergraduate level is critical for preparing vets to create successful and profitable veterinary enterprises, yet this offering remains minimal in most veterinary schools. The talk was most thought provoking, and welcomed by the attending staff and doctoral researchers as well as local professionals supporting women's enterprise.

Professor Colette Henry is Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. She is the Editor of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE) and Adjunct Professor at Tromsø University Business School, Norway. From 2009 to 2012 she held the Norbrook Chair in Business & Enterprise at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London.

Ada Lovelace Day: Sharing Stories of Inspiring Women Ada Lovelace Day: Sharing Stories of Inspiring Women

Julie Decock, Lindsay Hall and Tracey Chapman
Tuesday 15 October 2013
Council Chamber UEA

From banking, to air traffic control systems and to controlling the United States defence department there's a computer language called 'Ada' - it's named after Ada Lovelace - a 19th century mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron and Ann Isabella Millbank.

Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.

We were fortunate to be joined by three excellent speakers from across UEA and the NRP, who each spoke about their careers, who had inspired them and what challenges they face as women in science

Dr Julie Decock from BIO/BMRC impressed on the group the importance of networking, self-confidence, taking initiative and the passion that drives you in your science. She also highlighted the need to "take a chance" when applying for jobs, as it doesn't hurt to try! Indeed, Julie's next job sees her move to Doha, Qatar – something she says she would never have done without her support network.

Dr Lindsay Hall from IFR/UEA spoke about the people who inspired her to a career in science, and how important mentoring can be in shaping and developing careers in the world of academia. Her talk reminded us that self-esteem, resolve and determination can help you through the rough patches. Again, the importance of networking came up, as she told us about setting up collaborations that led to publications and her work now at UEA. Among her many achievements, she is the youngest person to be awarded a Wellcome Trust New Investigator award. Congratulations Lindsay!








Our final speaker was Professor Tracey Chapmen from BIO, who again like Lindsay, introduced a wide variety people who had inspired her throughout her career, from evolutionary biologists Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins to Jocelyn Bell-Burnell. She also spoke about how we can sometimes hold ourselves back through an inability to promote ourselves. Another issue she spoke about was access to good quality childcare, and how expensive this is. Finally, she addressed the challenges faced – maintaining the balance between teaching, admin and research and the all-important work life balance. 

We'd like to extend thanks to all our speakers for their excellent talks - we hope you all enjoyed it. Some members of the audience commented:

I think that all of the speakers were very inspirational and I felt reassured by their stories. It does feel like an uphill battle in science sometimes and knowing that perseverance will pay off in the end makes me more determined to see my hard work through!

Some of the people who have inspired me are;
Dian Fossey Professor Janet Seeley Dr Dorice Agol








Tracey Chapman's talk [PDF Document]

Click here to see Julie Decock's talk

Lindsay Hall's talk [PDF Document]

International Day of the Girl International Day of the Girl

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October 2013
The Forum, Norwich

The second International Day of the Girl took place on October 11th. International Day of the Girl Norwich organised a range of celebrations at The Forum in Norwich. These included a Schools' Symposium, a series of café conversations for the general public with free hot drinks (kindly sponsored by ResNet), a series of events in the Children's Library, and an exhibition of artwork created by members of the local community.

For more information and photos of the events visit:

Using CBT to Work Through Anxiety Using CBT to Work Through Anxiety

Jodie Paget
Monday 16th September 2013

Jodie Paget, a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Associate Tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in CBT Skills at UEA, gave a very interesting presentation about how Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be used to work through anxiety.

CBT is a well-validated empirically based treatment intervention for a number of mental health problems, and in this interactive talk Jodie discussed how CBT can be used to manage a number of anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety. Jodie explained that CBT defines anxiety as an unhealthy emotion, which overestimates the threat of a situation and leads to unhealthy behaviours. This is in contrast to healthy concern which produces behaviours to constructively deal with threats. CBT can help with Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and Health Anxiety by encouraging a realistic appraisal of danger and the development of balanced coping beliefs and behaviours.

Throughout Jodie's talk she encouraged the audience to think about these issues and discuss them with those sitting nearby. Although there was not enough time to look at the issue of Health Anxiety in any depth, further information can be found on the presentation slides. After a short session of questions the discussion continued over lunch.

Jodie Paget's talk [PDF Document]

Reaching Your Goals, Improving Your Future! Reaching Your Goals, Improving Your Future!

Paul Levy & Andrea Rippon (UEA Centre for Staff and Educational Development)
Friday 12th July 2013

On 12th July Paul Levy & Andrea Rippon (UEA Centre for Staff and Educational Development, CSED) led a ResNet session on ‘Reaching your Goals, Improving your Future!' Paul introduced the UEA Coaching Scheme which started in 2010 and the ideas behind coaching. Coaches complete a 2-day training programme, during which time their coaching skills are observed and assessed. Coachees can request a maximum of 6 sessions with a coach, and coaching sessions are generally around 1 hour in duration. To get the most out of coaching, coachees need to commit to the process and prepare ahead for meetings. Over lunch participants paired up to work through sets of CSED coaching prompt cards. 

If you are interested in coaching please see for more details and contacts. Depending upon demand it may be possible to train coaches and make coaching available for people at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. For PhD students careers related coaching is available through Careers and Employability (contact the PGR / RS Careers Advisor Rebecca Wyand - for details). The PGR office is currently investigating the feasibility of setting up a peer to peer coaching programme developed by Vitae. 

Two files are available here; Paul's talk and some additional resources and a presentation on the differences between mentoring and coaching.

Equality for Women in Science: Now, Sometime, Never? Equality for Women in Science: Now, Sometime, Never?

Paul Walton (University of York)
Thursday 13th June 2013
John Innes Centre, G34/35 seminar room

Paul Walton is a Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York. Importantly for this talk he was their head of school from 2004 until 2010 when they won an Athena Gold award. The John Innes Centre is currently working on an Athena Swan application as are several Schools at the University of East Anglia, so we enjoyed hearing his viewpoint on equality issues and what men and women can do to address the underlying problems. 

Networking Breakfast Networking Breakfast

Wednesday 5th June 2013
Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

Twenty three members of ResNet took this opportunity to come along to a networking breakfast, to discuss Time Management and Workload, over a continental breakfast.

The topics considered include:

  • tips to control your workload 
  • who controls your workload? 
  • proactive or reactive? 
Everyone contributed their comments on these issues and enjoyed the chance to chat whilst eating their croissants.

Motherhood and Work During the British Industrial Revolution Motherhood and Work During the British Industrial Revolution

Emma Griffin, Senior Lecturer in History
Wednesday 8th May 2013
Council Chamber, Council House, UEA

Emma Griffin, an expert on the social and economic history of Britain from 1700 to 1870, outlined to the ResNet audience how the Industrial Revolution was a period of considerable economic growth which introduced great changes in working patterns, and she questioned how women were affected by it all. Did they share in the economic gains? And what happened to their prospects in the workplace once they married and had children? Using working-class autobiographies to illustrate the reality of life for women in this period she argued that, in nineteenth-century Britain, work and motherhood could not easily be combined. Forty people attended this event and enjoyed the talk, with the chance to question Emma about her research, followed by an opportunity to chat over lunch.

Emma Griffin's research [PDF Document]


International Women's Day 2013 International Women's Day 2013

Networking lunch: Celebrating women in the academic environment
Friday 8th March 2013
Chancellors Drive Annexe 1.23, UEA

To mark International Women's Day, ResNet organised a networking lunch to allow an opportunity to meet other people in the NRP. Suggested topics for conversation were: what does it mean to be a woman in the academic environment? Does it make a difference? Women in academia have many reasons to celebrate, but do any barriers remain?

Those attending this lunch generously donated £24 which has been sent to the Oxfam Get-Together campaign - which aims to help transform the lives of women living in poverty around the world.

Comments from IWD Networking Lunch [PDF Document]

'Mindfulness' with Kathleen Madigan 'Mindfulness' with Kathleen Madigan

Friday 8th February 2013
Council Chamber, Council House, UEA

Kathleen Madigan ran a workshop on Mindfulness for Resnet, the contact, support and information network for women in research and supporting research at UEA and the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to whatever our experience is in the present moment, without preference or judgment. It allows us to clearly perceive thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, sensory experiences and events as they occur. It is a natural awareness that we all have, which we can develop more deeply and helpfully in our daily lives, enabling us to live life more fully. When we practice mindfulness we are choosing to be more present in our lives; and coming back to the fullness of the present moment, we come back to ourselves. We become more in touch with what is going on in our mind, body and environment, including subtle details of changing experience inside and around us. Over 40 people attended the event and conversations over lunch included the importance of having the self-discipline and commitment to regularly practice this approach to self-care.

Mindfulness Resources [PDF Document]

Fizz, Snacks and Informal Networking: Social Event Fizz, Snacks and Informal Networking: Social Event

Tuesday 8th January 2013

The discussion topic for this social event was who ResNet can nominate for UEA honorary degrees in 2014.
In 2012 just 5 of UEA's 14 honorary graduates were women ~ let's try to redress the balance!