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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. The programme will take place over 6 days using a mixture of Fridays and Saturdays. Our rationale is to enable those who often find taking time for courses in the working week difficult and to try to balance this with weekend and family commitments for our facilitators, speakers and participants so that more women can attend. 

If you have any queries, please email Louisa at: 

Applications will open in September 2024. Please email Louisa to be added to the comms list!


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:

January 2025 Social pre-meet in-person (date tbc)

Day 1 online - Saturday 18 January 2025 (09.00-17.00)

Day 2 online - Saturday 25 January 2025 (09.00-17.00)

Day 3 online - Saturday 8 February 2025 (09.00-17.00)

Day 4 online - Saturday 1 March 2025 (09.00-17.00)

Final weekend in-person: Days 5 and 6 - 1.5 days/2nights in Oxford - Friday 21 March 2025 (midday-19.00 after drinks) and Saturday 22 March 2025 (09.00 - 21.00 after full cohort dinner and drinks. See below note)

Note for the final weekend:

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 23 March. 

Oxford participants are day delegates and will join for an included lunch on Friday 21 March and stay until networking/drinks finish at 19.00. Lunch and a celebratory full cohort dinner are provided for all Oxford participants on Saturday 22 March. 

Programme structure

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

The course covers five broad themes, building you a successful and strategic toolkit to take-away:

- Personal values and networking

- Value propositions

- Leadership

- Negotiation

- Communicating your ideas


Once you have been offered a place on the programme, you will be asked to confirm by payment of a £50 deposit. The deposit is fully refundable on completion of the course in its' entirety. 

Further information and queries

If you have any questions about the RisingWISE programme, please email: