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UK WEN Initiatives

We will be focusing our initiatives around four main themes to bring the network together and make progress: Network, Support, Inspire and Action. You can also find our longer-term plans below.

Network: UK WEN Networking Annual Event

Following our successful launch in February 2023, we hope to bring together women from across sectors and across career stages, to connect once a year. The annual event will feature inspirational speakers and panellists to discuss how the different sectors can work together to achieve the mission of UK WEN. 

This event is currently sponsored by the Bank of England as event host and the Bank has generously offered to host the 2024 UK WEN Networking Event.  We welcome offers from other institutions to host this annual event in the future.

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Support: UK WEN Career Conversations

Our objective is to support members to progress in their career and have interactive conversations among each other as well as with senior female economists to discuss career success experiences, different options for career paths and how to tackle common issues within the economics profession.

Our first career event will be held on 27 June 2023 hosted by JP Morgan Asset Management. Full event details, including how to register, can be found here.

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Inspire: UK WEN Inspirational Talks

The objective is to inspire young women who are studying economics to pursue a career in economics.  An example topic in this series is “Exploring the impact of women in economics: lessons and insights,” a joint event with the CEP (LSE) in March 2023. Another is “Why women need economics and economics need women,” delivered by UK WEN Chair Professor Almudena Sevilla at University of Edinburgh in February 2023. 

We are aware that many universities have women in economics associations, and we welcome proposals to organise future events together or invitations to deliver talks.

Action: UK WEN Peer Action Groups

The aim of this initiative is to drive positive change through action learning and best practice sharing. Our action groups will achieve this by facilitating discussions across sectors to implement practical solutions with the goal of driving cultural change, and to promote knowledge exchange across institutions, such as the best practice for achieving an Athena Swan Award.

This programme is in its pilot phase, currently sponsored by the RES.  We are looking for potential sponsors to run this programme in the future.

Looking ahead: UK WEN plans beyond 2023-25

Over a longer term, we are very much looking for sponsors and partners to join forces with us to expand our activities, such as:

  • Monitoring representation: A cross-sector report on representation of women in economics profession in the UK, gender-specific barriers to progression, actions which employers can take to remove them. This could build on the existing RES gender report which covers only UK higher education.
  • Increasing visibility: Offering awards for influential UK-based women in economics; building a directory of women economists, who are willing to act as speakers at events and be interviewed by media.