Constitution and Operating Procedures

Article 1: Name

The organisation shall be known as the University Women’s Network (UWN)

Article II: Purpose

The University Women’s Network was founded in 2012 to support professional development and networking among its members to enable achievement of individual career goals and to contribute to the development of vibrant research, teaching and support services communities at NUI Galway.  

Article III: Membership

Membership of the UWN is open, free of charge, to all NUI Galway staff members who are interested in the purpose of the Network. Staff can register for membership on the Network's membership page.

Article IV: Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the UWN will consist of at least ten, and no more than fifteen elected members, who will be elected by the UWN membership. 

The Committee will elect the two Co-Chairs, one member from academic staff and one member from support staff categories.

The University’s Equality Manager and Equality Officer will be ex officio members of the Executive Committee. The elected members will serve for two years with the Committee, with Co-Chairs rotating on an annual and bi-annual basis.

Article V:  Nomination and Election of Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will seek to have active participation from staff across the Academic, Support Services and Research constituencies. The Executive may co-opt members of staff to the Committee to ensure balanced representation from all categories of staff. Membership of the Executive Committee will normally be sought by way of expression of interest. In the event of there being more expressions of interest than there are vacancies on the Committee, elections may be held at the AGM.

Article VII: Meetings

The Executive Committee will hold an annual general meeting to which all UWN members will be invited and at which elections to the Executive Committee will take place.

The Executive Committee will meet at least four times a year to look after the general interests of the Network and plan networking opportunities, relevant seminars, and other events. A quorum of five Executive Committee members will be required for decisions.

Version History

Version 1:            11th September 2013
Version 2:            9th November 2013 incorporating changes discussed at Executive Committee Meeting 12th Sept.
Version 3:            11th December incorporating changes suggested by Executive Committee Members via e-mail

Version 4:             13 October 2017 incorporating changes