March 9, 2018, by Liz Cass

Celebrating our women – picture round up

Celebrations took place across the University on March 8th in honour of International Women’s Day.

In the UK and at campuses in China and Malaysia women took centre stage under the theme #PressforProgress.

The University worked in partnership with Nottingham Trent University to host an inspirational conference celebrating the achievements of women.

This was alongside a joint staff networking event which included a cake sale, wellbeing tree and sanitary product collection.

The homepage of the University website was taken over by women with news of our Nottingham Women: Pressing for Progress exhibition and Professor Sarah Sharples’ appointment to the Council of the EPSRC.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing campaign to diversify portraiture at the university. 14 photographic portraits now hang in the Trent Building Council Dining Room and feature inspiring women with a strong connection to the City and the University such as Florence Boot, former partner at Boots the Chemist and a campaigner for women’s rights to Higher Education. She provided the first hostel for University Students in Nottingham and the first female hall of residence at the University — Florence Boot Hall.


Olympic table tennis champion Deng Yaping, actress Ruth Wilson, Brigitte Scammell – Professor in Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, and Georgina Wilding the first Young Poet Laureate under the UNESCO City of Literature, also feature.

Watch the moment Georgina Wilding saw her portrait for the first time below.

You can also view the images online at

The day also saw the announcement of the Nottingham Women Expert Network (N-WEN) designed to boost the visibility of the many talented women at Nottingham who have expertise to share.

This joint initiative with Nottingham Trent University includes a series of free events and training opportunities running throughout the year.

To launch the network a hard copy guide of  some of the female experts, researchers and academics at the both of the city’s universities was produced. Nottingham Women Experts Online Guide  was also sent to newsrooms, MPs, think tanks and partner institutions locally and nationally.

At our campus in Malaysia celebrations continued with CEO, Provost and Pro Vice Chancellor Graham Kendall at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus giving the keynote speech at a series of events. Staff at the University also signed pledges to support themes of inclusivity and fairness.

More images and news from our IWD celebrations, both in the UK and China and Malaysia, to follow.

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