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Tilburg University Network for Women

Eleni Kosta

The Netherlands face the largest gender gap in Europe and are at the low end of the world ranking when it comes to the representation of women in academia. Fortunately, Tilburg University undertakes a series of measures to reach a more balanced workforce. An excellent bottom-up initiative to enhance this process is the widely supported Tilburg University Network for Women. TiU’s Executive Board has festively launched the network on International Women’s Day.

We foremost want to equip women with tools that can advance their careers by exchanging knowledge, experience and contacts. The network also aims to have a positive influence on the politics, policies and practices at Tilburg University to reach a better representation of women in higher positions.

The network meetings will take place 3 to 4 times a year and have two components. There is the substantive component with themes that relate to leadership, confidence, diversity, coaching, mentoring, emancipation, prioritizing, work-life balance, strategic thinking, negotiating, access to funding, time-management, etc. And of course there is the social component: meet one another in an informal way during lunch at Tilburg University’s Faculty Club.

What roles does the network wish to fulfil?

  • A place to exchange successful strategies, expertise and experiences
  • A visible and accessible platform where faculty can come to with questions and suggestions
  • A signaling function that serves as input for new policies
  • A partner for the Executive Board for gender and diversity related affairs

For whom?

The Tilburg University Network for Women is established because women overall have less time to meet informally and hear about relevant opportunities than men. Men are as welcome as women for the network meetings. We invite both academic and support staff, for we need influencers and decision makers in both the departments and divisions to bring about cultural change towards more (gender) diversity, equality and inclusion. Colleagues with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and fellow lgbt workers are as welcome to become members.

Become a member

Become a member to be sure to receive invitations for the yearly 3 or 4 network meetings.