Wo/men's Network

A network of women and men collaborating to build a community and develop relationships that recognise, celebrate and collectively advocate for opportunities which enable women to fulfil their potential.


About us

Through respectful collaboration and genuine relationships, the network aims to see all people flourish and effectively contribute to the community and culture of the University as well as to wider Northern Irish society and beyond.

Mission Statement

‘Women & Men (Wo/men) collaborating to enable women to fulfil their potential.’


To provide a supportive and collegiate space to:

  • Build relationships and connections across the University.
  • Encourage personal and professional learning and development.
  • Recognise and celebrate the achievements of women.
  • Collectively advocate for and influence change.

Wo/men's Network on your campus

Each Ulster University campus has a dedicated Wo/men's Network steering group responsible for organising a programme of events. For more information on events please contact womensnetwork@ulster.ac.uk.

There are a range of events running on each campus. These are primarily for University staff but please contact us if you are external to the University and interested in attending.

12.00pm to 12.30pm

Online via MS Teams

12.00pm to 1.00pm

Online via MS Teams


A mentoring scheme is available through the network.

Full guidelines on the approach to the mentoring is available but key points to note are:

  • Mentoring through the network is informal and cross-institutional, enabling relationships to be developed across job grades, categories, roles and genders.
  • Mentoring is of mutual benefit to both mentor and mentee.
  • It is intended that a mentor should only have one mentee.
  • The nature of the mentoring relationship should be agreed between mentor and mentee but should not be onerous to either party.

If you would like to have a mentor or be a mentor, please contact womensnetwork@ulster.ac.uk

Wo/men's Network Champions

Jenny Pyper

Jenny Pyper

Ulster University Council (Pro-Chancellor & Chair of Council).

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Professor Karise Hutchinson

Provost (Coleraine)

School/Department Provost Coleraine

Campus   Coleraine
Room   H234

Professor Raffaella Folli

Provost (Jordanstown and Belfast)

School/Department Provost J/town & Belfast

Campus   Jordanstown
Room   BA-05-014

Professor Malachy O'Neill

Provost (Magee)

School/Department Provost Magee

Campus   Magee
Room   MI105

Janet Peden

University Librarian & Deputy Chief Digital and Information Officer

School/Department Library

Campus   Coleraine
Room   H303

Amanda Castray

Director of Campus Life

School/Department Campus Life

Campus   Jordanstown
Room   08K16

Alison Rankin

Director of Strategic Planning & Performance

School/Department Dept of Strategy, Planning & Performance

Campus   Coleraine
Room   G241

Geoff Gillan

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing

School/Department Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Campus   Coleraine
Room   J808