Women’s Mentoring Network

The History
In 2012 the Wom*n’s Department ran Bluestockings Week as part of a national campaign that celebrated women in academia. The week was a great opportunity to reflect on what women students had won, and what they are still fighting for. A key message that emerged from Bluestockings was the benefits of role models, from within general academia and specific fields of study, who can help fledgling students navigate the tricky landscape of study and employment.

The Women’s Mentoring Network is a professional networking group, which allows women to meet, talk and share experiences in a casual setting. The network will group (optimistically pair) undergraduate students with post graduate women in their field, it will also invite significant key note speakers for the group at large. The Network will provide support and training for the mentors, an opportunity for leadership that will make them more outstanding graduates in the work force. 

The 2013 Wom*n’s Department worked on a union led mentoring program which would provide women students with opportunities to network within their chosen field, swapping necessary skills and knowledge.
Now we are starting to prepare for the 2014 Women’s Mentoring Network.  We promise it to be bigger, better and with more networking than ever!

In 2014 

Would you like to be get involved with the Women’s department here at university? Would you like to be part of a group that shares information and tips on how to get jobs and achieve during you Bachelors? Would you like an opportunity to network with other women in the university and professionals in the field you are hoping to make a career out of? Then this is the program for you!!
Our women’s mentoring network provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings undergraduate women together with caring individuals who have successfully made it into postgrad and started careers in many different fields who provide support and encouragement  and knowledge to our women mentees. The Mentors a are a sounding board and wealth of experience for mentees to learn from.

Meeting approximately once a fortnight (depending on the mentor) as well as having monthly networking events it is truly a program that will help you get ahead!

Sign up for 2014 here!


Think you could be a mentor? We are looking for postgraduate women students or undergraduates returning to study or doing their first degree but having worked in the work force with information and skills to share.
You would only have to meet with you mentee group (approximately 1-5 mentees per mentor) once a fortnight for about an hour on average. We will provide you with all the necessary information and training you need for this program! It is a truly great program that was a huge success last year and we hope to continue it this year

Sign up for 2014 here!

Semester Two Dates-

~ Wednesday 6th of August
~Thursday 28th August
~ Monday 15th September
~ Tuesday 14th October

Hey all,

So we have organised the first Women’s Mentoring Network night for Semester Two!
A Reminder these events are open to all women!
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Training Rooms 1 +2, Third Floor of Union House, University of Melbourne
Date: 6th of August

The night will start at about 5pm and the talk will start at about 5.20 so for anyone who has a class till 5.15 can still make it! After the talk there will be time for networking with everyone! And as always there will be food!

Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Fran Martin. Dr Martin has studied at Melbourne University as well as a university in China and one in Taiwan. She has previously worked at La Trobe University and has published numerous books which gives her a broad range of experiences. For a longer bio read on;

Fran is a subject coordinator for gender studies subjects, and her research focuses on television, film, literature and cultural production in contemporary transnational China. She studies both her BA with Honours at Melbourne and her PhD. Dr Martin is fluent in Mandarin and spent two years studying at Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute and East China Normal University as well as two years in Taiwan.

Fran has also worked at La Trobe University and has published numerous books including Angelwings; Contemporary Queer Fiction in Taiwan, AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities.
The other nights for Women’s Mentoring Network will be the following;

~Wednesday 28th August Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House
~ Monday 15th September Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House
~ Tuesday 14th October Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House

Semester One 2013 Dates

Final Date for Semester One: Monday 12th May


I am currently planning the third night of the Women’s Mentoring Networking Night! Please come along and put it in your diaries so you don’t forget!

Date: Monday 12th May
Time: 6pm-8pm 

It’s a bit later this time but that’s okay because there will be an abundance of food to eat to keep you full and drinks to keep your throat lubricated!
Place: Graham Cornish A+ B on the Second Floor of Union house, next to the elevators.
Speaker : Our Next speaker is the Wonderful Yvonne Meng, a well accomplished architect and teaching Associate.

Yvonne studied her Bachelor of Architecture Design at RMIT then went on to do her Masters in Architecture and received her full professional registration last year. During her time at RMIT Yvonne went on exchange to Germany’s Technicshe Universitaet Berlin. Currently, Yvonne works at the City of Melbourne as an architect and at Monash University as a Teaching Associate in history and theory, communications and first year design.

Since 2012 Yvonne has also been the creative director of an event PROCESS, a once a month public lecture series about architecture, design and urbanism. She is also currently a regular guest critic on design studio panels at RMIT and Monash Previously Yvonne Co-chaired VYAG (Victorian Young Architects and Graduates, Victorian branch of a network for young architects that runs part of the Australian Institute of Architects) from 2012- 2013, was on the Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Council last year (through VYAG) and curated an exhibition for the work of young and emerging architects in Victoria at the Fracture Gallery at Fed Square to give exposure to the younger generation of architects and designers .

Yvonne has amazing professional and academic experience that I encourage everyone to come along and meet her and gain from her wisdom and experience.

It will be a great night to network with women from all fields. Feel free to bring your female/ women friends along.

Hope to see you then!



2014 Semester one Past Events

Week 3 Wednesday 19th of March

Week 7 Tuesday 15th of April

<strong>When: 15 April at 17:10–19:10
Where: Joe Nap A and B, Second Floor of Union House</strong>

Unfortunately Jeanette has been called away.We hope she can join us at a later date. Instead we have Ann Kilpatrick and Anna Morrison coming and speaking to us.

Anna Morrison studied a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne uni and can relate and talk uniquely on our own experiences . In 2012 she was the Education Academic Officer at University of Melbourne Student Union. Anna now works as adviser in the communications team for Daniel Andrews (Victorian Leader on the Opposition) .

Ann studied at La Trobe University entering via an alternative pathway, studied a Bachelor of Arts; majoring in Maths (yes maths in an arts bachelor) and History. She went on to do her Diploma of Education and a Master of Mathematics and Maths Education here at the University of Melbourne. Ann went on to work in teaching for a few years and then moved to the Australian Stock Exchange before going back to teaching. Ann will talk about her mentors as well as her careers. Ann has also been involved with publishing companies and has made some contributions as editor, writer and presenter of books.

Food will be ready at 5.10 to be eaten so make sure you arrive promptly.Ann will speak at about 5.30 and then Anna will speak after.

We are hopefully having two speakers~! Will be confirmed soon.
This will be a DRY event (ie no alcohol) but there will be non-alcoholic drinks.
There will be food.


2013 Semester Two Calendar!

Here’s a heads up for the calendar of our Women’s Mentoring Network months Networking Nights.

These nights are supplementary to the small groups that are the core of WMN and so women not participating in that side of the WMN are also welcome to attend! They’re a great night with wisdom shared and wonderful conversation.

There will be guest speakers (TBC closer to date) and catering.

Monday August 12th  6.30pm– Ante Room & Formal Dining Room, Union House (accessible from North Court)

Tuesday 10th September  – 6.30pm– Grand Buffet Hall, Union House

Wednesday the 9th of October  – 6.30pm– Grand Buffet Hall, Union House

Mentoring groups have now been assigned!

Please contact us if you didn’t hear back from us.


Thankyou to everyone who came to the launch!

The calendar for the upcoming networking nights will be posted here and emailed to you next week!


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