The Menopause Project
The Menopause Project is a University initiative focusing on support for those experiencing menopause at work or study. The Menopause Project aims to raise awareness, encourage conversation around the topic without fear of judgement, provide support, retain talent and promote wellbeing.
At Surrey, we want to create an environment where we can be ourselves, including talking about menopause openly, after all it’s a natural phase in every woman’s life. By raising awareness of menopause symptoms and putting the right support in place, we can get to a point where menopause is no longer taboo in the workplace and women feel empowered and supported to be their best.Jackie McBride, Associate Professor in Integrated Care, Head of Professional Preparation within Integrated Care
Menopause is not just a female issue, it's an organisational issue. Awareness on this topic is fundamental and reducing the stigma attached to it is vital so that more people will talk openly about it and get the support they need. With our population now living longer and working longer, it's vital that staff are supported to stay well and thrive in the workplace. We’re committed to making this happen at Surrey.Will Davies, Chief People Officer
Our menopause initiatives
Our project is inclusive of everyone who goes through the menopause or menopausal symptoms as a result of hormonal changes. We're supporting our staff and students through:
- Hosting monthly menopause cafes to offer mutual support and understanding
- The Menopause Online Network to share information and ideas
- Menopause advocates to provide help and advice
- Training sessions for anyone seeking to learn more about how to support their colleagues or others going through menopause
- Menopause guidance document outlining University's commitment to support staff experiencing symptoms, their colleagues and line managers
- Toolkits and resources to enhance a better understanding of menopause
- Events and talks with leading menopause experts and advocates in a range of fields.
We're here to help
Contact the project team if you'd like more information about the project.
The Menopause Support Network
The Menopause Support Network provides opportunities for women at Surrey to connect with others, offer mutual support and share information and ideas in relation to menopause and managing symptoms at work. This includes opportunities via monthly menopause cafes and an online network.
The "M" Word: A conversation about Menopause
In March 2021, Jo McCarthy-Holland (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) led an inspiring conversation with Hindu Chaplain Meeta Joshi, and special guest, Marina Bolton. Introduced by University of Surrey's Humanist Chaplain Liz Franklin-Kitchen.
Supporting women at Surrey
We strive to create opportunities for our staff and students to have professional, academic and personal support. A wide range of options are in place including wellbeing events, staff and student development programmes, social activities throughout the academic year and much more.