Menopause Support Network

Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our aims:

  • To provide a forum to talk about the menopause and share experiences.

  • To provide support and guidance where possible.

  • To invite speakers/clinicians to campus.

  • To advise and give feedback on University policy development and associated practice.

About the menopause network

The University of Plymouth Menopause Network was initially launched as a support group in March 2019 for all employees and expanded to become an official staff network in October 2019.

All genders and ages are welcome to attend the meeting, whether you’re experiencing symptoms yourself and want to meet others in a similar situation or if you would like to understand more about the menopause. The chair is Briony Goldsmith with secretary and administrative support from Jess Darling and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team. 

Meetings are held roughly every six to eight weeks as well as social events throughout the year and topics to discuss or share are guided by the members of the network. As with all staff networks, the menopause network receives an annual budget and is independent from any department of the University with administration support provided by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team. 

Menopause Support Network Meeting: 22 October 2020

The Menopause Support Network will be holding a network meeting at 12:00 on Thursday 22 October. 

The invite to this Zoom meeting have been circulated to all existing network members, however if you are a current member and have not received this or wish to join the network and this next meeting please contact and we can add you to the mailing list and share these details with you. 

We look forward to seeing those of you who are able to attend. 

Henpicked: Let's Talk About Menopause Webinar

On the 9th of July, following the success of the 2019 training, Deborah Garlick and Sally Leech from Henpicked joined Briony Goldsmith from the University to deliver Menopause Awareness Training for Managers and Colleagues. The sessions were a huge success and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. 

 The University will be looking to run the same sessions again next year. If you are interested in attending register your interest with


Menopause Awareness Sessions

What do you know about the menopause? Are you, a family member, friend, colleague or employee experiencing menopause and want to know more and how you can support them?

Menopause Awareness Sessions have now been launched on Employee Self Service for both employees and also managers. The last separate sessions took place on Thursday 9 July and were booked onto via ESS

The University will be looking to run the same sessions again in the future. If you are interested in attending register your interest with

Menopause Support Network Speakers

The Menopause Support Network was pleased to welcome Alison Theaker and Anne Hope to speak at the network meeting on Tuesday 28 April.

Anne Hope is an expert in natural approaches to women’s health, using homeopathy, meditation, yoga and hypnotherapy. She enables people to grow and develop emotionally and spiritually. She is the author of 10 things about fertility that could change your life and Menopause: survive & thrive – an ultimate guide.

Alison Theaker has over 30 years’ experience in public relations and management as a practitioner, academic and author. Alison has taught in higher education in the UK and US, and has used her expertise to enable others to be the best they can be as a business mentor, trainer and coach!

For more information about future events or to join the network please access the Menopause Support Network webpage

Menopause Q&A session with Dr Jane Davis

We were thrilled to have Dr Jane Davis back for a Q&A session at the Menopause Support Network on Thursday 4 June.  

Locally, Jane has been GP practice lead for menopause with an extended role in Women’s Health in Primary Care and nationally has worked with NICE on developing the Quality Standard for Menopause Management. She is particularly interested in menopause and is recognised by the British Menopause Society as a specialist in the field working as a Specialty doctor in Contraception and Sexual Health for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust. 

Jane is also a tutor for the Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth and recently featured on BBC Breakfast encouraging women to talk about menopause.