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RisingWISE is a newly established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women for women and delivered entirely by women. While it will draw on the principles and methods that have been tested and published through EnterpriseWISE, Rising WISE will explicitly draw on the wealth of expertise in both Oxford and Cambridge and in turn be a unique space where Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) from Oxford and Cambridge can come together to explore their entrepreneurial self and connect with enterprising professional women from both Oxford and Cambridge and from industry.

RisingWISE aims to foster long-term relationships between enterprising early-career researchers and women working in industry, to encourage more women to build careers across the science and technology sector. 

This programme is open to women in STEM from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and women from industry partners who have been invited to apply. Applications for the 2018 programme are now closed, but keep an eye out for future programmes. 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Our 4-day workshop will bring together approximately 50 women over three weekends to:

  • Inspire and strengthen the Oxbridge WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) network;
  • Improve early-careers researcher’s (ECR) knowledge and understanding of how research works within industry and showing where their skills could apply and explore the different approaches across the two sectors;
  • Create a space for ECRs to meet other women who are already working within industry so that we can: break down barriers, encourage more women to take up internships and secondments within industry and/or work collaboratively on R&D;
  • Offer mentoring and leadership skills development opportunities to women in industry; and
  • Help all participants to enhance their confidence, learning techniques to apply these in their own working environments.

The workshops cover four broad themes:

Day 1: Personal awareness and creativity - who am I and what are my values?
Day 2: Creating change and becoming a high impact collaborator
Day 3: Building my network, resources and toolkit
Day 4: Celebrating success and developing my strategy/next steps

WORKSHOP DATES

Weekend 1 (Venue: University of Cambridge)
Friday 9th November 2018, 2pm – 8pm (travel to Cambridge, afternoon tour and in-formal dinner)
Saturday 10th November 2018, 9am-10pm (workshop followed by networking dinner)
Sunday 11th November 2018, 9am – 5pm (all day workshop)

Weekend 2 (Venue: Egrove Park, University of Oxford)
Friday 30th November 2018, 3pm – 10pm (visit to the Oxford enterprise ecosystem then networking drinks followed by in-formal dinner)
Saturday 1 December 2018, 9am – 5pm (all day workshop)

Weekend 3 (Venue: Egrove Park, University of Oxford)
Friday 18th January 2019, 5pm – 10pm (introduction to key parts of the Oxford entperise ecosystem followed by networking drinks and in-formal dinner)
Saturday 19th January 2019, 9am – 5pm (all day workshop)