Athena SWAN

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Imposter Syndrome workshop

Hosted by NU Women

Date/Time: Tuesday 20th March 2018, 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: Bamburgh Room, Hadrian Building

Imposter Syndrome: Building your confidence despite feeling like a fraud! with Rachel Tobbell

This interactive workshop will explore Imposter Syndrome, a phrase coined in the late 1970s to describe an internal feeling of unworthiness which occurs despite external evidence of achievement and accomplishment.  It has been suggested that women in high achieving environments are particularly vulnerable to this kind of self-doubt. During the session we will work individually and in groups to look at how Imposter Syndrome is described, how societal and other pressures can exacerbate the problem, and discuss how such internal doubts can impact on our behaviour. We will also look at what we can do to recognise and manage imposter feelings and explore strategies to shore up our confidence.

Rachel Tobbell is a freelance equality and diversity practitioner.  She works with universities and professional bodies on a freelance basis on projects connected to equality and diversity. She became interested in equality and diversity whilst working at The Royal Society in the 1990s and then developed her knowledge and experience in this area whilst working for the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) which was funded by central government from 2004 -2012. Since then Rachel has worked on a range of equality and diversity interventions including providing advice and support with the Athena SWAN agenda, running stakeholder consultations and research projects, providing assistance with establishing and evaluating mentoring schemes and offering a wide variety of staff training and facilitation. She very much enjoys working with groups of women on personal and professional development.

To sign up for this event please complete the online form.