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Women's Network
The University's Women's Network is open to colleagues of all gender identities. It provides an engaging forum primarily for the discussion of issues affecting women and gender equality at Edinburgh Napier and beyond.



The Women’s Network has remained quiet during the University’s response to the pandemic, but we will be relaunching for Trimester 1 2022 with a refreshed agenda and, possibly, a new name.  In the meantime, we are celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 on 8 March and its theme of #BreaktheBias.  

IWD 2022 


The network is open to any member of staff, irrespective of gender identity and we welcome all who wish to support the network’s goals.  Our aim is to provide an engaging forum primarily for the discussion of issues affecting women and gender equality at Edinburgh Napier.

As the network supports individuals from very varied backgrounds, with different needs and aspirations, initial activity will focus on finding out more about what you feel the network should offer.  Early feedback highlights the range of ideas and requests for future activities: from talking about a wide range of women’s issues, from mentoring to outdoor group exercise, from guest speakers to informal peer support, and a lot more besides.  We will be holding open sessions at 3pm on Tuesday 5th April and 31st May to distil into a programme of events and relaunch to coincide with the start of the academic year.  If you are interested in taking part, please email the joint chairs at edinburghnapierwomensnetwork@napier.ac.uk. ​

We hope you will join us as part of the women‘s network and  #BreaktheBias, challenging gender inequality and questioning stereotypes in the workplace and beyond. 

About our Joint-Chairs

Claire Taylor

Claire TaylorClaire joined the Edinburgh Napier University as Director of Information Services in July 2019.

A graduate of Dundee University, Claire has worked as an IT professional in a variety of sectors including retail, banking and justice.  Her most recent role was Digital Services Director at Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service. 

She is a TOGAF certified Enterprise Architect.

Sonya MacVicar

Sonya MacVicar
Sonya is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Social Care, joining the University in 2016 after working in the NHS within midwifery and neonatal services. 

Her career interests span women and children’s health and wellbeing focussing on substance use in pregnancy and currently promoting neonatal education in low- and middle-income countries.  


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