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Gender equality

NTU is a close-knit and inclusive community committed to championing gender equality through a range of programmes, networks and initiatives, and encouraging all to be inspired and involved. From dedicated societies and podcasts to educational programmes and resources, we share your ideas and celebrate the achievements of women throughout NTU.

Societies and networks

Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) societies are a great way for you to get involved and raise the profile of gender equality and female leadership across the University, as well as in communities both locally and nationally. Below are some communities for women you might get involved in at NTU.

Women's Welfare Society

This group aims to create a strong and safe community for women in Nottingham and NTU through events, socials, self-defence classes and wellbeing activities.

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Feminism Society

This society is passionate about the equality of all genders and sexes and hopes to create a safe space for all students.

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Women in STEM Society

This society is open to self-identifying females from across all the STEM subjects as a place to socialise, inspire and have fun.

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Although many members of the Feminism Society are self-identifying women, the society itself is very much focused on the ways in which all genders can be empowered and viewed as equal.

Eleanor O’Donnell, BA (Hons) Secondary Education


International Women’s Day

We are proud to host a range of events each year to mark and celebrate the global International Women’s Day - celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Each year in March students and staff take part in activities and share inspirational stories across events, seminars and workshops, social events, quizzes, and breakfast cafes.

Women in the Built Environment

The annual Women in the Built Environment event series brings together female, built environment professionals and students to provide them with advice, confidence and inspiration for their future careers, as well as work experience and networking opportunities.

This Girl Can

Every November we support the This Girl Can campaign through a week of activities celebrating our female students, recognising their achievements and encouraging women to get active and try new sports and activities. All activities are open to students who identify as female.


This Girl Can

Fashion Communication and Promotion student Rose attends a UV Spin Class as part of This Girl Can week.

Educational programmes and frameworks

NTU is a member of the Nottingham Consent Coalition, working together to raise awareness on the importance of consent, challenge myths about rape and sexual violence, and encourage victims-survivors to access support and report.

Consent is everything workshops

Every first-year undergraduate student attends a mandatory consent workshop in either Term One or Term Two. These workshops are a collaborative consent education programme, designed to make people more of aware of sexual assault and discriminatory acts, situations that require consent with the aim of encouraging a safe, enjoyable, and healthy experience at university.

Bronze award in gender equality framework

NTU holds a bronze award for the Athena Swan Charter - a global framework to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. We have Athena SWAN Champions within each School who play a central role in addressing local-level challenges in relation to gender equality and associated intersectionality for staff and students.

international students in the Newton and Arkwright Building

Communities and support for women in Nottingham

There are a range of local networks and centres that our students can access across the city.

Nottingham Women’s Centre is a safe haven and host events and activities that champion women in the city. It is also home to Nottingham Women’s Library.

Reel Equality is a film club run by Equation – a not-for-profit organisation promoting healthy relationships free from domestic abuse. It hosts screenings of Bechdel-approved and women-centred films. Fan Club is a dedicated free club night for women at Rough Trade, a record store, bar and venue in the heart of Nottingham. It’s creativity-led, with a strict safe space policy and welcoming to everyone.

Both the Topaz Centre and Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services specialise in supporting free support and practical help for women. Hollaback! is a worldwide, female-led movement seeking to end street harassment and Nottingham has its very own community branch.