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RisingWISE is an established Oxbridge programme and network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women, for women.


Women are being urged to pursue careers in STEM subjects, where they often excel, but face a huge disparity in achieving success and leadership roles. 

RisingWISE has been developed to address this challenge, bringing together women early career researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to meet with women working in industry and commerce, who face similar challenges. Rather than existing in competition with each other, we have developed an innovative, collaborative programme with Cambridge, including working closely with industry to build mutual relationships, which aims to benefit STEM researcher women from both institutions, and all involved. 

Feedback has been consistently high - with 100% of attendees saying they would recommend participating to a friend or colleague, and an overall rating of 9.5/10 for the whole experience. We won the MPLS Equality & Diversity Award and were also finalists in the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellors’ Diversity Awards 2020. Please see the 'Impact' and 'testimonial' sections on our webpage for further recommendations.  


Over the course of the 6 days, you will be immersed in a programme that will:

  • Provide helpful tools and techniques to help you think through your chosen path.
  • Expand your knowledge of industry and collaborative research & development.
  • Highlight opportunities beyond academia.
  • Create a forum to meet women who are working within industry and academia.
  • Develop your networking, mentoring and leadership skills.


RisingWISE is tailored specifically for women* early career researchers working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in both academia and industry.

*We also welcome non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that will discuss women focused experiences.

Additionally, each year we welcome a small number of DPhil students who are nearing the end of their studies and are thinking about next steps.


For additional information about the RisingWISE programme please visit the RisingWISE webpage

Any questions?  Contact Louisa Trevail at:


We run the programme in a blended format and believe this enables an optimum balance between online and in-person. Exact timings will be provided when applications are open, but please check your diary for ALL the days below as you will be expected to attend the course in its entirety:


Friday 2 February 2024 (12.00 - 17.30) - online

Saturday 3 February 2024 (09.00 - 17.30) - online

Saturday 24 February 2024 (09.00 - 17.30) - online 

Saturday 9 March 2024 (09.00 - 17.30) - online 

Friday 22 March (12.00 - 19.00 after drinks) - in-person (overnight stay in Oxford*)

Saturday 23 March 2024 (09.00 - 21.00 after full cohort dinner and drinks) - in-person (overnight stay in Oxford*)

*Cambridge participants are invited to join us in-person in Oxford. Transport, accommodation and meals are provided for our overnight guests. You will travel back to Cambridge the morning of Sunday 24 March. 


Applications are open - click here to apply.

Please note that you will be enrolled on the course in its entirety, so will need to commit to all the sessions.


When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.

Additionally please find our privacy notice associated with RisingWISE applications.


Thank you so much for the most incredible, and genuinely life-changing series of weekends. It is by far the best thing I have ever done for my career and myself.... I have already raved about Rising WISE to every junior colleague and woman I know, so I would love to see it continue. The whole event was so smoothly run, and the content was incredible. (Michele Veldsman, Oxford)