International Women’s Day 2020

The University is holding a number of free events to mark International Women’s Day (IWD).

International Women’s Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

What’s On

EVENT: Dr Jess Wade – Why we should all edit Wikipedia

28 February, 1pm-2pm

Dr Jess Wade will talk about her passion for raising awareness of the work and contribution of scientists who can be overlooked. One of the ways she does this is through the creation of Wikipedia pages for women, LGBTQ+ and BAME scientists. Jess will explain the importance of raising the profile of these scientists and what we can all do to help this endeavour.

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EVENT: Rachel Clarke – Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

3 March, 5.30pm

As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter – to a father, to a profession, to life itself.

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EVENT: Business Breakfast: Mind the Gap – Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

11 March, 8am-10am

In partnership with Hays Recruitment as part of their Diversity and Inclusion series and to mark International Women’s Day 2020, the University’s Management School are hosting a business breakfast seminar on diversity and inclusion. This seminar will offer valuable insights, practical recommendations and discussion relating to inclusive workplace practices which can be applied to narrow the gap perceived and experienced by many employees in accessing and progressing within the world of work.

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PODCAST: The Academy ‘Developing Practice’ podcast with Holly Ridings, Chief Flight Director NASA

From 8th March, you will be able to listen an episode of The Academy podcast on female leadership with NASA’s Chief Flight Director, Holly Ridings. Holly is the first woman to hold this role. She works at Mission Control in Houston, Texas, and is responsible for all NASA Human Space Flight missions including the International Space Station, the Orion Programme, NASA’s return to the Moon, and future manned missions to Mars.

You can find the podcast here (from 8th March)

Holly visited the University in October 2019 and delivered a lecture and Q&A session for local schools. These can both be watched here


The Faculty of Health & Life Sciences are posting a series of short films from staff and students who are passionate about advancing gender equality in STEM.

The School of Law & Social Justice are, for the week leading up to IWD (8th March), spotlighting a different female colleague in the School each day on their news stories page

You can find out more information about our International Women’s Day events on our #IWD2020 webpage . Follow #LivUniIWD for International Women’s Day highlights from across the University.