Women Academics Network

The LJMU Women Academics Staff Network consists of the following groups:

  • Women Professors
  • Women Readers 
  • Women Pre-Reader (Early Career Researchers / ECRs)

To find out more, please click on the drop-down menus and related sections/tiles below.

What is the LJMU Women Academics Network and what do they do?

The LJMU Women Academics Staff Network consists of the following groups:

  • Women Professors
  • Women Readers 
  • Women Pre-Reader 

The LJMU Women Professors Network is Chaired by Prof. Zoe Knowles (Faculty of Science). The network has approximately 28 members. 

The LJMU Women Reader and Pre-Reader Networks were officially launched in 2018 and has approximately 350 combined members.

The purpose of the Reader/Pre-Reader Networks are:

  • To support women’s career progression
  • To provide a safe space for women to support one another and share experiences of their Readership / Professorship journeys

A series of meetings are arranged throughout the year and are often supported by the Women Professors Network, Pro VC’s and Conferment Panel members, whom occasionally run a bespoke Conferment Process briefing sessions.

LJMU Women Academics and Women Professors Networks Terms of Reference (ToR)

Click the following links to access:- 

LJMU Women Academics Network Terms of Reference (ToR)

LJMU Women Professors Network Terms of Reference (ToR)


Please note: All LJMU Staff Network ToRs are subject for review on an annual basis (April per annum) 

How to join the LJMU Women Academics Network

Want To Join The Network? 

If you are a member of staff at LJMU whom identifies as a Women Professor, Reader or Pre-Reader and would like to join LJMU Women Academics Staff Network, please email your request to equality@ljmu.ac.uk

You will then be added to the relevant network mailing list and will receive communications and invites to related meetings/events.

LJMU Conferment Process

If you are considering applying for your Professorship/Readership and want to know more about the Conferment Process at LJMU, please click here.

LJMU Informal Mentoring Initiative (Supporting Womens Career Progression)

Did you know LJMU’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Team in collaboration with the Leadership Development Foundation (LDF), are offering an opportunity for Professors & Readers (All Genders) to become Mentors/Critical-Friends to support more women in achieving their Readership/Professorship status. 

Due to the gap between men and women applying for Readership/Professorship, the University has acknowledged this an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) priority and it have been agreed that we need to work towards a fairer gender balance within this area by supporting women’s career progression.

  • The position of the Mentor/Critical Friend is open to any gender, as long as they have received their Professorship/Readership status already.
  • The position of the Mentee (for the purpose of this specific initiative) is only open to women academics (for the reasons outlined above). 

If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact LJMU's EDI Team: equality@ljmu.ac.uk