Who are we?

Durham University Women in Business (DUWIB) has been enormously successful in helping our members gain access to internships and graduate schemes with some of the world’s most prestigious firms. We aim to empower enterprising students of Durham University to expand and sharpen their understanding of business and give them the skills they will need to become future leaders.

What is unique about DUWIB?

A recent study has shown that, in higher education, women usually match their male counterparts, and often out-perform them (Higher Education Policy Institute 2009). However, only 3% of the Fortune Global 500 have female CEOs. This gender imbalance is reflected in Durham’s business and career orientated societies. DUWIB aims to change this. Despite offering opportunities to all students, DUWIB encourages female speakers and company representatives to lead events and recount their paths to success.






What do we do?

Our activities focus on three key areas:

Networking events to encourage a sense of unity and support both across the university (both undergrads and MBA students) and with the world of business, using our mentors (recent graduates) and local entrepreneurs network.

Inspirational talks by successful businesswomen from many diverse backgrounds.

Interactive seminars and skills workshops focussed on educating and empowering students looking towards careers in business.

Our Year in Numbers: 

  • Worked alongside 16 companies and firms who kindly sponsored us.
  • 20 newsletters sent to 1,363 student subscribers promoting our upcoming events as well as advertisements from our sponsors and recommendations.
  • Held or 26 events including sponsor events, panels, skills sessions and implemented our new ‘Conversation With…’ series featuring inspirational leaders in industry.

Previous Events:

March 2021

  • Newton Professional Development: Growing throughout your career webinar ‘Conversation With’ series: Naomi Walkland, Director EMEA Marketing at Bumble; Alice Pelton, CEO of The Lowdown; Ayesha Hazarika, Columnist and Broadcaster Harvest Moonrise Leadership Workshop

February 2021

  • Conversation With’ series: Alice Whitley, Founder and MD of Yawn CPP Women in Investment webinar

January 2021

  • DUWIB investment banking, telecommunications and consultancy panel
  • DUWIB environmental, politics, NGO, civil service and policy manager for education, charity, pharmaceuticals and government affairs webinar

December 2020

  • BNP Paribas diversity, inclusion and skills interactive webinar
  • DUWIB multi-industry ‘Winter Panel’
  • Women in Start-ups in collaboration with Jumpstart and Durham University Fintech Society

November 2020

  • Hogan Lovells Virtual Networking Brunch
  • Portas Consulting Women in Sports Consulting webinar
  • Making Women Visible in Media panel discussion in collaboration with the Microloan Foundation
  • Mars application tips and Q&A webinar
  • OC&C Consulting ‘How to Ace the Case’ interactive webinar

March 2020

  • International Women’s Day Drinks in collaboration with Durham University Women in STEM Society
  • Know Your Worth: Empowering your financial future talk in collaboration with UBS February 2020
  • Women in Technology Panel in collaboration with Talk About UK 7

November 2019

  • Herbert Smith Freehills Case Study Workshop
  • American Express Presentation and Panel Q&A
  • Networking Breakfast with Baillie Gifford

October 2019

  • Newton Management Consulting Brunch
  • Linklaters Brunch
  • A Day in the Life of a Graduate at HSBC
  • Goldman Sachs Skills Session
  • BNP Paribas Speed Networking Event
  • Ruffer Afternoon Tea
  • Networking Brunch with Accenture
  • Deutsche Bank Presentation
  • Bank of America Networking Breakfast