Women on Boards

Women on Boards

Women on Boards (WOB) aims to provide further support to achieve gender equality at the University in particular at the Executive level, in addition to supporting our commitment to reducing the gender pay gap. WOB will also support our Athena Swan applications in recognising a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

This webpage aims to provide and advertise opportunities to: work shadow, undertake work experience, be part of a mentoring partnership or become a member of a board or committee group. We are seeking career development opportunities for staff in placements across the region and will provide a matching service for those people interested in developing knowledge and experience in these areas.

We are in the process of developing a mentoring scheme between our staff and board members at the University, across the region, and nationally. Our mentors will have experience of being on a board and can provide insight and guidance to those women seeking their first board opportunity, or to develop for further board opportunties. We hope it will enable our women to gain access to information, encouragement and connections to excel in their career, or to take on a board or committee role as a non executive director, trustee or governor.

Please register your interest in being a mentor if you have board experience, or a mentee that would like to engage in a mentoring relationship.

University School Governors Group - Sharing experiences for new or senior volunteers. Attend a meeting if you want to find out what being a school governor is about.

Board Opportunities - Search the WOB UK web pages for further development opportunities, support and current board vacancies.

Identify career development opportunities - Secondments, work experience, job share, or part-time appointments to develop your skill sets. If you are not full time and have the capacity to take on other projects you can find opportunities by:

- Using the filters on the Job Vacancies web page by searching key words such as part-time.

- Register for the temporary staff bank.

Leadership Foundation for HE: Leadership Matters - Leadership Matters is our unique bespoke programme, designed for senior women leaders who are aiming for the highest levels of leadership in higher education.


Aurora - Aurora is designed to engage with women at an earlier stage in their careers. It is not suitable for women already in a leadership role


Springboard - The Springboard Programme is a national, personal and professional development programme designed especially for women.



Bitesize, personal effectiveness or leadership and management courses can be found on the Learning development pages or contact People Development.


LearnSmart is our online development resource. Discover a huge range of useful information, guidance, tips, tricks and documents.

Thursday 20th September 12:15-13:15

Women on Boards and The Academic Woman have teamed up together to bring you an insightful seminar on the development opportunites from being on Boards.

During this session Prof Wendy Robinson will discuss her journey onto boards, what helped and hindered, and how she grew from the experience. She will touch on the varied boards and how each experience aided her development personally and professionally. The session will conclude with a Q&A’s and the opportunity to network.

Wendy Robinson is a Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, appointed in 2006, previously holding appointments at Universities of Warwick and Cambridge. At Exeter she has been Head of the Graduate School of Education (2011-2013), Associate Dean for Education in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies (2013-2015) and is currently University Academic Dean for Students. In 2015 she led a cross-university review of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and is currently championing a number of innovative education projects including: ‘Effective Learning Analytics’; ‘Lecture Capture’; and ‘Academic Tutoring’. Her research has been focussed in the field of history of education and historical perspectives on teacher development, effectiveness and education.

Please book on via EventBrite- spaces are limited.