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International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day
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We're proud to support International Women's Day by hosting a range of events and activities for staff and students, not just for a day but throughout March.

From inspirational stories from our very own NTU staff, and menopause awareness raising, to virtual pub quizzes and a breakfast cafe, there is something for everyone.

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 #NTUIWD

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This month is for everyone at NTU and we actively encourage men to attend, be inspired and get involved. This year, the theme for IWD is #ChooseToChallenge.

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

"We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

"From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.”

Make your pledge today via our Women's Staff Network virtual pledge wall.

Celebrate IWD with NTU Employability – join in our events, be inspired by our podcasts and resources, share your ideas, and celebrate women's achievements.

NTU Music have also created an International Women's Day playlist, full of motivational songs to keep you inspired throughout March!

Please note that the events and activities below are only available for NTU staff and students.

DateTimeEvent / ActivityBooking
Published throughout March Colleague Stories 'Choose to Challenge'Visit MyNTU for the latest updates
8 March N.A. IWD in other countries and culturesVisit MyNTU for the latest updates
7.30 am – 8.30 amWomen's Staff Network breakfast caféReserve your place
11 am – 12.30 pmNTU Employability Women’s Development Programme (WDP) Celebration (only open to students on the WDP)Find out more about the WDP
1 pm – 2.30 pmMenopause AwarenessReserve your place
3 pm – 4 pmThe importance of role models, with #YesSheCan Reserve your place
6 pm – 7 pmNTSU: International Women’s Day PanelReserve your place
9 March 2 pm – 3 pmPanel Discussion: Women In Business Reserve your place
10 March11 am – 12.15 pmPanel Discussion: Women In STEM Reserve your place
12.30 pm – 2 pm'Is this the Age of Enterprising Women?' with NTU EnterpriseReserve your place
1 pm – 2.30 pmConversations on Design: The 22% – Live panel discussion with women in the UK design industry (this event is open to all staff and students from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment) Reserve your place
11 March 11 am – 12 pmPanel Discussion (#ChooseToChallenge): Female Mindsets Reserve your place
1 pm – 2.30 pmMenopause AwarenessReserve your place
2 pm – 3 pmPanel Discussion: #ChooseToChallenge: Stereotypical Graduate Job Locations Reserve your place
12 March4 pm – 5 pm‘Women Who Inspire Us’ with the NTU Virtual Global LoungeReserve your place
5 pm – 6 pmWomen's Staff Network pub quizReserve your place
17 March 2.30 pm – 3.15 pmWHEN introductory presentation (Women in Higher Education Network)Click here to join live (no need to pre-book)
25 March11 am – 12.15 pmWomen in Academia: Career Progression stories event Find out more

Colleague Stories

This year, we invited women at NTU to tell us their stories of ‘choosing to challenge’. We aim to showcase lived experiences of NTU women who have either stood up to challenge, witnessed someone else making a challenge, or those who may have been affected by a situation when a challenge was made. Look out for these inspirational stories in the Newsroom throughout the month. If you would like to tell your own story on this theme, please contact the EDI team.

Menopause Awareness webinars and guidance

Menopause and work – what does one have to do with the other? Sometimes nothing. And it would be great if that was always the case. Some sail through their menopause with barely a symptom, but it’s never the same experience for everyone. By talking openly about the menopause, raising awareness and putting the right support in place, perhaps we could get to a point where menopause can be discussed openly and honestly in the workplace.

On Monday 8 March and Thursday 11 March, we are running webinars exploring the menopause and its impact in the workplace, which aim to inform and generate conversation around this important topic. We encourage colleagues and especially line managers to join us to learn and open up the conversation. Both webinars will cover the same material, so please come along to whichever one you prefer. In addition, we aim to continue to support those who experience menopause in the workplace, and line managers, with the roll out of a new menopause guidance document – look out for further details in the Newsroom.

IWD around the world

IWD has been celebrated around the world for well over 100 years, and we are keen to explore and share the diverse range of traditions and celebrations, and the historical and cultural significance of the day in countries and cultures beyond the UK. With this in mind, we have invited colleagues to share how IWD is marked in their own countries and cultures. By doing so, we hope to broaden our NTU community’s understanding of the history and global context of IWD, and to share and learn from one another. Look out for the article exploring this topic, and if you would like to contribute please contact the EDI team.

Women’s Staff Network social events, virtual pledge wall, and charity drive

The Women’s Staff Networks are holding two social events for women at NTU to come together for informal and fun networking and socialising.

The first is an opportunity for the early risers – a breakfast café on Monday 8 March from 7.30 am – 8.30 am. You can make a #ChooseToChallenge pledge on our virtual wall and discover what else is happening at NTU across the week. Wearing your best pyjamas is actively encouraged!

The second is an opportunity for the ‘night owls’ – a pub quiz evening on Friday 12 March from 5 pm - 6 pm. Join the WSN for a pub quiz to round off a week of IWD activities. There will be six family friendly rounds, so bring your household along for an hour of entertainment.

The breakfast café and pub quiz are both open to all NTU staff who identify and/or present as female, not just active members of the network.

The network is also encouraging colleagues to donate to two vitally important local charities:

St Anns and Sneinton Foodstore

  • Distributes food to local people in need
  • Supports families with no income or benefits
  • Not a part of the Trussell Trust
  • Not had the support of the NTU staff collection this year
  • Absolutely desperate for donations


  • Nottingham-based charity
  • Works with the whole community to reduce and impact of domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality
  • Preventing abuse, reducing harm, providing support for survivors
  • Greater need than ever for donations

Women in Academia: Career Progression Stories event

NTU’s Athena Swan action plan is committed to establishing a programme of work that supports women’s career development and progression. The ‘Women in Academia’ SharePoint site represented the beginning of this work and our next action is to deliver virtual networking events.

To mark IWD 2021, we invite female academics to join a 'Women in Academia' virtual networking event on Thursday 25 March, focusing on career progression stories from across NTU. The event is open to all women academics at NTU, whether teaching, research or practice-based. A conversational discussion will be followed by networking opportunities via breakout rooms. There will also be the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and we encourage questions to be submitted before the event – please send your question to
Further details will be advertised nearer the event date, please keep an eye on the Newsroom.

Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) introductory event

The Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) is dedicated to equity of opportunity for women in higher education and work with individuals and institutions to remove systematic and cultural barriers. NTU is an institutional partner of WHEN and in this session we would like to tell you more about the network as a free resource to NTU colleagues, and how it can support individuals through free events, mentoring, and research.

Further details will be advertised nearer the event date, please keep an eye on the Newsroom.

The Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) celebrates four female fellows

The Trent

The Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) celebrates four female fellows

TILT is an institution-wide initiative that recognises inspirational teaching at NTU, shares innovative practice, and investigates emerging themes in learning and teaching.

Congratulations to:

  • Sara Baldwin, PFHEA, Director of Student Support Services – Sara was recently awarded Principal Fellow (PFHEA) in recognition of her transformational leadership of student services. Sara’s submission detailed sustained practice that has revolutionised the infrastructure and culture across the learner lifecycle.
  • Dr Claire Markham, FHEA, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology – Claire was recently awarded Fellow (FHEA) with a submission full of great learning and teaching practice including a significant focus on sustainability. Claire also worked creatively to offer a student-centred approach to support hours via MS Teams including a seamless booking system linked to the VLE.
  • Dr Itoro Ekpo, AFHEA, Associate Lecturer in Human Resource Management – Itoro was recently awarded Associate Fellow (AFHEA). Her case studies discussed how she has brought some gamification into the classroom. The learners she worked with reported how this feedback opportunity enriched their learning experience. Over the last year, Itoro has been embedding learning she gained from attending a professional conference on assessment and feedback, with great results.
  • Dr Elaine Arici, SFHEA, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Business School – Elaine was recently awarded Senior Fellow (SFHEA).
    Elaine’s case studies were full of good examples that showcased how she provided coaching and mentorship to colleagues. Elaine supports early career academics as they progress on the PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching. Elaine also demonstrated her SFHEA profile by discussing her work as an external examiner. She is also remaining in good standing by working as a reviewer for our Fellowship Scheme.
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