Women in Research Network

Division of Research
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UNSW’s Women in Research Network helps research active women, who are academic members of staff, connect with one another in order to form positive professional relationships. The network is guided by a Planning Group of women researchers and supported administratively by the Researcher Development Unit.  View the Endorsement message by Professor Laura Poole-Warren, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training).

Members are encouraged to contact each other for informal support, mentoring and to form collaborative research alliances. The Women in Research Network Mailman mailing list allows members to receive announcements about scheduled events and to email each other in order to share information, collaborate and build supportive relationships. In addition, regular network events provide information and advice on how to develop a research strategy, publish for maximum impact, promote research ideas and plan a research career.

The Women in Research Network group comprises women researchers who:
•    are employed as permanent or fixed term members of academic staff
•    are looking for a supportive environment in which to test ideas and grow as researchers
•    value sharing experiences and strategies with women researchers from other disciplines
•    perceive that there are areas of professional challenge for which they would value guidance
•    are prepared to attend professional development events, and to both give and receive support from others (in formal and informal settings)

Any woman who is employed by UNSW in an academic research role and is looking for a supportive environment in which to share experiences, test ideas and grow as researchers is encouraged to join.

Membership Registration (Kensington campus)

Any woman researcher (academic staff levels A to E) is eligible to join the Network.  To join please complete the online membership registration formEvents are for members only.

Membership (UNSW Canberra)

To find out more about events held in the WIRN chapter in Canberra please contact Sue Williamson

Kensington Schedule 2015:

Date Details Time Venue



Tuesday 1 December, 2015


UNSW Women in Research Network

End of Year Event


Join us for drinks, nibbles and a bit of party as we celebrate the end of 2015 and the launch of the new Women in Research Network website.

Professor Prem Ramburuth, President of the UNSW Academic Board, will be speaking on past and future challenges for women in research.

RSVP: By close of business Wednesday 25 November, by emailing: ResearcherDevelopment@unsw.edu.au


Staff Common Room,

The Law Building,

Level 2,

Kensington Campus Map Reference F8

To be advised

Informal Networking Lunches 

Please join us for our informal drop-in style lunch, where we share tips, air concerns and meet each other in a relaxed setting.  No RSVP required.  Bring lunch, or purchase one at the kiosk.  If it is cold or raining, look for us inside at the long white tables at the bottom of the stairs.

To be advised              

AGSM  Courtyard

(Upper Campus), Kensington Campus Map Reference G27

Look for the WiRN sign



 WIRN is on LinkedIn
Join WIRN on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)! The WIRN maintains active discussions about a range of topics via a LinkedIn group. A few things to note:

  • General information about LinkedIn – if you don't have a LinkedIn account and you're wondering about the network generally, some good information geared towards academics/researchers appears here.
  • Joining the group – If your LinkedIn account uses an @unsw.edu.au email address, you can add yourself to the group. If your LinkedIn account uses another email address, you can request to join the group, at which point the group administrators will approve you. In either case, to find us, search for "UNSW Women in Research Network".
  • Discussions are private to the group – posts to the discussions area and any comments made to those discussions are only visible to other members of the LinkedIn group.

We view the LinkedIn group as a forum where discussions established at the WIRN sessions can continue and where connections made at those sessions can be fostered. So, please join and participate freely!


2015  past events:

If Mentoring is the answer, what's the question? - Exploring the nature and value of mentoring from the perspectives of a mentor and two mentees (11 June 12 - 2pm)  


Media Matters!- Engaging with the media, whether the traditional or social forms, can be a valuable method for academics to disseminate their research and build their profiles, both nationally and internationally (18 March 12 - 2pm)