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International Women's Day

NTU is proud to be hosting a range of events to mark and celebrate International Women's Day 2023.

The IWD theme for 2023 is #EmbraceEquity. Together, we will celebrate women’s achievements and imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

This month is for everyone at NTU to be inspired by and get involved.

Get involved

Explore the schedule of events and activities happening throughout the week and use the table to find out how to register your place.

NTU Colleagues and Students

7 March7pm - 9pmEVE: International Women's Eve and Girl Band

On the eve of International Women's Day, students are invited to explore Nottingham Contemporary after hours. Experience short lightning talks from our finest academics, responding to the themes of the female led exhibition, explored in the gallery spaces of Nottingham Contemporary.
Students and colleagues   Book hereNottingham Contemporary
8 March 9am to 10am and 3pm to 4pm

Learn to Lift

A session designed to learn the basics of strength exercises which can be added into your training programme. Learn the benefits and basics of lifting in an encouraging and enclosed environment with our qualified strength and conditioning staff. Build your confidence and propel your training to the next level. No membership required and all abilities welcome.

Students and colleaguesFind the class in the fitness class section of the NTU Sport app, or contact reception.Lee Westwood Sports Centre - 0115 848 3219
8 March12pm - 12.45pm

Find out more about the Women's Staff Network

Want to find out more about what the Women's Staff Network has to offer? Join us for this informal session to hear about our objectives, events and opportunities.

8 March1.45pm

Flash Mob

The Women’s Staff Network invite all colleagues and students to join us in a flash mob event on International Women’s Day. We’re asking our female colleagues, our allies and our student body to join in striking the #EmbraceEquity pose to mark this year’s theme.

Students and colleaguesNo booking required, read more hereCentral Court, Newton, City Campus
8 March3pm - 5pm

WRAP International Women's Day Workshop

Join us in person or online to write and talk about our important and glorious lives. We want our voices to reach as many countries and homes as we can in a truly international workshop.

Students and colleaguesNo booking required, read more hereNewton N45 and Virtual
8 March 3pm - 7pm

International Women's Day crafternoon and movie night

A fun crafternoon and movie night with snacks and refreshments at the global lounge focusing on International Women's Day and empowering women in Fairtrade.

StudentsNo booking required NTU Global Lounge
8 MarchNo specific time

NTU Moves - International Women's Day Challenge

This challenge is to walk 5,000 steps on International Women's day, to earn 30 points for your NTU Moves account. In addition, one lucky person who completes this challenge will win an afternoon tea for two at the Pudding Pantry! Good Luck!

More information on NTU Moves.

Students and colleagues No booking requiredVirtual, via the NTU Moves App
19 March6pm

International Women's Day event in collaboration with NTU Quiz

Entry will be sanitary products and self care products, or QR codes will be provided to donate to the women's centre. All societies / everyone welcome to show support. First come first serve.

StudentsNo booking requiredThe Loft, NTSU City Campus
21 March1pm to 2pm

International Women's Day - Academic Promotions Panel Event

This international women’s day the EDI team invite you to join us in recognising and celebrating women academics’ achievements and recent promotions.

Students and colleaguesBook hereN34, Newton Building, City Campus
22 MarchTBC

Equity and diversity in the creative arts: a conversation with NTU alumna Nicole Crentsil

The EDI team is delighted to welcome NTU alumna Nicole Crentsil for a discussion on equity in the creative arts and the power of diversity.

Students and colleaguesBook hereVirtual
23 March1pm - 2pm

Menopause Cafe

This event is co-hosted by the Women’s Staff Network and NTU Occupational Safety and Health Team, kindly initiated by our female colleagues based at Brackenhurst. For female colleagues only.


Book here

LYT108B, Lyth Building, Brackenhurst Campus


8 March     5.30pm - 7.30pm

International Women's Day Networking Evening at NBS for SMEs

Find out more about what Nottingham Business School and NTU have to offer SMEs at this in-person event. Join us on our city campus, with refreshments and a few nibbles to help those conversations take flight.

Local businesses Book hereNewton LT4 and LT9

Championing women in research

Here at NTU, we are championing equality in research. All of our academic schools are filled with driven and dedicated women researchers who are working hard every day to make our world a better place. Explore their stories and some of their work below.

Meet the women behind the research

Our women researchers come from a variety of backgrounds, and they all have a powerful story to tell. Discover what inspires them and how they are making the world a better place.

Listen now: are we erasing women's experiences?

Our women researchers come from a variety of backgrounds, and they all have a powerful story to tell. Discover what inspires them and how they are making the world a better place.

Have you got any book recommendations that match this year's theme?

The NTU Staff Book Club and Women’s Network would love to know if you have a book or author that you'd recommend who writes about this year's International Women's Day theme of Embracing Equity. This might be fiction or non-fiction - they'd love to hear them all!

Submit your recommendations via this link.

International Women's Day Competition

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have teamed up with WRAP, Bonington Gallery and NTU Music to giveaway some fantastic prizes, including:

  • Two tickets to see sax superstar Jess Gillam live in the beautiful University Hall
  • A signed copy of best-selling book Notes to Self by Emilie Pine
  • A copy of India, Incredible India by by Jasbinder Bilan
  • A copy of Portraits: Black and White by photographer Emily Andersen
  • A copy of Somewhere Else Entirely by poet Ruth Fainlight

Head over to our Instagram @ntucreated on Wednesday 8 March 2023 to find out how to enter. Competition closes on Wednesday 15 March, midnight.

Our community

International Women's Day event with statements on a board

Our Women's Staff Network welcomes all NTU colleagues who identify as women and its purpose is to create a supportive, aspirational and motivational space for women. It first launched on International Women’s Day 2017. The network will be hosting a number of activities as part of International Women’s Day. Join the network here.

NTU is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award. Athena SWAN is a charter managed by AdvanceHE which recognises and celebrates good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Find out more.

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership course group photo delivered in Tuesday 3 December 2019

Our hugely successful Women in Leadership course was established in 2019, and has since been developing women working in or aiming for leadership and management roles within SMEs. The course delivered by leading academics from Nottingham Business School, and is accredited at Level 7, meaning participants can gain 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification. The course is fully funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), meaning it is delivered at no cost to the participant.

Find out more

Engage with International Women’s Day online by following our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. Use the hashtags #IWD2023 and #EmbraceEquity to join the national conversation.