Female Progression

The University of Sheffield is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, fairness and respect for all staff.

In order to contribute to existing University targets to increase the representation of women at professorial level, there are a number of initiatives aimed at facilitating female progression.

These pages aim to act as a portal for female progression information. Follow the links below for more information. 

University Support

Women Academic Returners' Programme

WARPThe Women Academic Returners' Programme (WARP) is designed to support academics and researchers on their return from maternity leave, and aims to enable women to concentrate on their research activities on return from maternity leave, thus facilitating career development/progression.


orangeThe Women@TUoS Network supports initiatives that help women to reach their potential in the Science and Engineering disciplines and links women together to run events, promote women in STEM, share information and develop support. Parents@TUOS (see below) is an example of an initiative which sits within the Network.

Women Professors Network

Women Professors NetworkThe Women Professors Network aims to provide an informal environment in which to discuss topics of mutual interest and share areas of good practice in a range of areas.

Female Academic Progression

Female Academic ProgressionOur work on female progression is a major part of our wider equality and inclusion work, with our aim of creating a supportive environment for all, and embedding equality and diversity in every process and level.

The Portrait of a Woman

POAW montage 2017This exciting project celebrates and makes more visible women's achievements within the University and aims to challenge perceptions about women in the workplace.


Parents@TUOSThe Parents@TUOS network aims to support all staff and students through career breaks and share best practice and "how to" tips.

Faculty Support

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering Women in Engineering initiative aims to redress gender imbalance and raise the profile of talented female engineers.

Career Development


Impact mentoringFutures is a HR led University wide scheme for female academics. It is a six month mentoring programme which runs each year, aimed at helping women lecturers develop their careers.


SpringboardSpringboard is a career development programme for women researchers, aiming to help them to achieve their full academic and professional potential.

Staff Development

Development EverywhereIt is recognised that gender can have an effect on learning style, and that there are some subjects that are best suited to being delivered in a women-only setting. Visit the Development Everywhere pages for further details.