Esslemont Group

Esslemont Group logoGender Balance & Diversity

The Esslemont Group is a Women's network within the College of Life Sciences and Medicine. The Esslemont Group formed in response to the huge success of the 'Women on Top' symposium.

This one day meeting, held in 2002, reflected on women in science and addressed issues around participation of women in scientific education and employment. Constructive approaches to change the progressive loss of women in more senior positions were discussed and experiences from industry and the media were highlighted.

Following this initial meeting the Esslemont Group has organised regular lunchtime meetings. In these meetings we highlight careers of women in academic, technical and in administrative roles at the University of Aberdeen, discuss work-life balance issues and listen to external speakers invited to address issues relevant to gender and diversity. Our meetings are open to students and staff of both genders.

The Group is named after the first female graduate from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Aberdeen, Mary Esslemont.


The aims of the Esslemont Group are to:

  • Highlight the contribution of female staff of the University of Aberdeen through networking, promotional events and support activities
  • Create an awareness of gender issues and ultimately redress gender imbalance at all levels of staff
  • Disseminate information about gender and diversity in the workplace

The strategy group as per Jan 2014

  • Prof. Miep Helfrich
  • Prof. Helen Galley
  • Prof. Heather Wallace
  • Prof. Bernadette Connolly
  • Dr. Ann Rajnicek


For more information about the group, please contact Prof. Helen Galley.

Women on top symposium 2002
Women on top symposium 2002

Women in Westminster 2007 with Anne Begg and Tessa Jowell
Women in Westminster 2007 with Anne Begg and Tessa Jowell