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Events for 2015

20 March 2015 (13:30-18:00), Women in STEM: a celebration of research excellence, Plymouth University. One day symposium to bring together PhD students, postdoctoral and early-career researchers as well as experienced academics to highlight world-class research by women in STEM. Keynote speakers include Professor Suzanne Skevington (Professor of Health Psychology, University of Manchester), Professor Deborah Greaves (Professor in Ocean Engineering and Director of the Coast Laboratory, Plymouth University) and Dr Kerry Howell (Reader in Marine Ecology, Plymouth University), and talks will be followed by structured discussion sessions. 


Events for 2014

October 2014 

15 October 2014 (13:30-18:00), WiSET Ada Lovelace Day, Alan Turing Building, Room G.107. We will be celebrating the life of Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and the world's first computer programmer. Professor Dame Celia Hoyles will be talking about the first woman 2014 Fields (International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics) medallist Maryam Mirzakhani and her work. University academics, industrialists and students will also share their own stories about their career pathway; talking about what they do and the teams they lead, inspirational people met along the way, what it's like being a woman in STEM, challenges faced (at any career stage) - and overcoming them, any tough choices to be made, maintaining a healthy work life balance, and more. Robogals will provide demonstrations and you can meet the STEMettes. To book click here or please email Helen Ryder. Click for Joining Instructions (including programme).


September 2014

10 September 2014 (12:00-14:00), Wiki Women in Science Editing Session, University of Manchester Main Library, Blue 4 Teaching Suite. We will be editing Wikipedia articles and creating new pages, to improve and increase the content of female scientists on Wikipedia. No booking required. Please email Helen Ryder if would like further information.


August 2014

13 & 27 August 2014 (12:00-14:00), Wiki Women in Science Editing Session, University of Manchester Main Library, Blue 4 Teaching Suite. We will be editing Wikipedia articles and creating new pages, to improve and increase the content of female scientists on Wikipedia. No booking required. Please email Helen Ryder if would like further information.

4 August 2014 (16:30), Feminist Reading Group, Ellen Wilkinson Building Seminar Room 2, University of Manchester. We will be chatting about Angela Carter's short fairytale "The Bloody Chamber". Readings and info either by emailing Camilla Rostvik or the Facebook group


July 2014

16 & 30 July 2014 (12:00-14:00), Wiki Women in Science Editing Session, University of Manchester Main Library, Blue 4 Teaching Suite. We will be editing Wikipedia articles and creating new pages, to improve and increase the content of female scientists on Wikipedia. No booking required. Please email Helen Ryder if would like further information.


June 2014

23 June 2014 (09:00-17:00), Public Speaking and Communicating Your Research: Masterclass for Women in Science, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London. Join physicist, engineer and television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on this one day practical course to learn how to communicate your research effectively with clarity and passion. Booking required please email Cleo Howardfee payable (£245 + VAT). 

23 June 2014 (12:00-16:30), National Women in Engineering Day Event, Concorde Hangar, Manchester Airport. WiSET Event to celebrate women in STEM. We will hear inspirational stories, discuss challenges and share personal experiences. We will host technical tours of Concorde alongside a structured networking session with female engineers, scientists and technologists from academia and industry. Men also welcome! Free event, transport provided. Our keynote address will be given by Dr. Danielle George, Reader in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning. Booking required - booking form here or email Helen Ryder. Read our NWED2014 Event Report.

19 June 2014 (10:30-11:30), National Women in Engineering Day Lecture, School of Chemistry, Lecture Theatre G.53. Lesley Yellowlees, Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry in the School of Chemistry at University of Edinburgh (Athena SWAN Gold Award) and the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, will join us to share her story; highlighting her proudest moments as a woman in STEM, how she maintains her drive & love of science and remains optimistic that all women can reach their full potential. Booking not essential but please email Helen Ryder.

6 June 2014 (09:00-17:00), Public Speaking and Communicating Your Research: Masterclass for Women in Science, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London. Join physicist, engineer and television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on this one day practical course to learn how to communicate your research effectively with clarity and passion. Booking required please email Cleo Howard, fee payable (£245 + VAT). 

May 2014

22 May 2014 (16:30-17:30), Athena SWAN Panel Discussion, Manchester Museum, UoM. Event about the participation of women in science. Panellists include Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Professor Dame Tina Lavendar, Professor Dame Nicky Cullum and Professor Helen Gleeson. The panel will be facilitated by Professor Chris Griffiths. Booking required - email Helen Ryder.

22 May 2014 (10:30-16:00), Wiki edit-a-thon, Main Library, UoM. Event to improve and increase the content of female scientists on Wikipedia. Booking required - follow link.

22 May 2014 (10:30-16:00), Athena SWAN Silver Workshop, Sackville St, UoM. Event to help you understand the awards process, see what judging panels are looking for, exchange good practice and network.


March 2014

26 March 2014 (14:00-16:00), Work Life Balance Focus group, STDU, Humanities Bridgeford StreetWe are offering staff the opportunity to provide feedback on what they consider to be the challenges of managing work/life balance effectively, and to share experiences of how they have personally dealt with these challenges. Booking required - email Helen Ryder.

25 March 2014 (18:00-19:30), Women's Voices Amplified: Women in Science, UoM Students Union. Second in a high profile series of events featuring women alumni and staff. Athena SWAN Coordinator on the panel. Download flyer.

19 March 2014 (17:30), Women in Science Lecture Series, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical London. Listen live online to the Inaugural Women in Science lecture by Prof. Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer for England). Book your ticket online (via Eventbrite). This prestigious lecture series aims to highlight the work of women in research. The focus of the lecture is on the speaker's career, how being a woman has influenced the decisions she has taken and identifying lessons that can be learnt that are broadly applicable to other people's career choices and pathway in research and policy.

7 March 2014, International Women's Day Awards Ceremony, Manchester Town Hall. Success for the Centre of Women's Mental Health - winner of the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award. Success for Prof. Margor Brazier, School of Law - winner of the Women in Legal and Business Award. See news article here.

5 March 2014 (13:00-15:00), International Women's Day FMHS Event, Uni Place, UoM. Event for MHS students/staff to raise awareness and celebrate women across the Faculty in particular their contribution to changing organisational culture.  IWD2014 MHS Flyer‌.    

3 March 2014 (14:00-15:30),International Women's Day WiSET Event, Uni Place, UoM. Event for EPS students/staff to help boost confidence and self-belief. ‌. 




Internal Events 2015 

24 June 2015


Roscoe Building Lecture Theatre A


Researcher Parent Trap 
Information session is aimed at early career researchers at The University of Manchester that have or are planning to start a family.  

Policies and procedures for expectant and existing parents - Karen Scoresby, HR Policy Manager

Athena SWAN - why does it affect you and where you choose to work? - Helen Ryder, Athena SWAN Coordinator

Support at the University - Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi, 

Resuming your research after a career break - Katie Perry, Chief Executive, The Daphne Jackson Trust


23 JUNE 2015


Victoria Station

NWED2015 Flyer

Download the NWED2015 Flyer

Download the NWED 2015 Welcome Pack and read the bios of 20 leading ladies in the field of engineering.

Read the NWED 2015 Report here


MARCH 2015


* You can listen to Nancy's talk by visiting the WiLS Website

Download the IWD2015 Flyer


The University supported Manchester's WonderWomen Campaign by producing a video celebrating inspirational women at the University of Manchester. Click here to find out more and watch the film.


From 5 March-9 March 2015 posters were displayed in University Place Foyer celebrating women’s achievements across the University. Manchester Pharmacy School focussed on postgraduate research, sharing experiences from current students and increasing contribution of female students, and also highlighted their international research in Africa. Leading female researchers from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work displayed work about current Midwifery Research and Fear of Birth. The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, School of Dentistry, and School of Physics and Astronomy case studies demonstrated how their School’s inclusive cultures and working practices have enabled the progression of their staff and students.



Again the University was well represented at the Manchester International Women’s Day Awards (Friday, 6 March 2015) celebrating Manchester’s strongest and most inspirational women. Congratulations to Professor Caroline Dive, the Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, who won the award for ‘Breaking Through in Business, Legal or Science and Technology’ category. Manchester alumnus Kirsty Harrison, who graduated from Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in 2012, was one of the three finalists in the same group as Caroline. Kirsty was also shortlisted for the ‘Young Women Breaking Through’ category. Jess Lishak, from the Students Union, was shortlisted for the ‘Breaking Through in Campaigning’ category for her Reclaim the Night work.



International Women's Day and Related Events

International Women's Day has celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women since it was first observed in North America in the early 1900s. Activities have also been directed at challenging practices which discriminate against women. Alarmingly, the progress to achieving gender parity worldwide is slowing; the World Economic Forum predicted in 2015 that the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133 - 38 years later that predicted only the previous year.

The University of Manchester us an institute committed to gender equality; we encourage positive action for advancing and supporting women. In celebration of International Women's Day on the 8 March, there are a number of events taking place across the campus and beyond.

International Women's Day: Accelerating Gender Parity

by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester
5 March, 12pm - 3pm, University Place, Lecture Theatre B

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in collaboration with the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University will celebrate International Women's Day 2018 on Monday 5th March.

Award winning British scientist and author Angela Saini, will visit the University of Manchester to give a public talk, as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations. Angela will discuss her recently published book ‘Inferior - How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story’, the themes it explores and what they mean for women.

We will be running three workshops which will take place after Angela’s talk:

Workshop 1 - Sexual harassment in the workplace

Workshop 2 - Personal impact

Workshop 3 - Resilience

The workshops will take place at the same time so please register for one workshop only as places are limited.

Programme for the day:

12-1pm Registration, exhibition and lunch

1-2pm Angela Saini talk

2-3pm Workshops

Professor Ian Greer, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will open the event and Professor James Thompson, Vice-President for Social Responsibility will then introduce Angela.

Please note that you don't have to attend the whole event and you will find different options in the registration booking for the talk and the workshops or for the talk only.

This is a free event and is suitable for everyone; PSS colleagues, academics, students and the public.

If you have any dietary requirements or queries regarding the event please contact us on

Please register your place today.


For disabled access information on the venue please visit the following link:


Deeds not Words: Manchester and Women's Suffrage

8 March, 2pm - 4pm, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate Manchester

Discover the history of the women's suffrage movement and be inspired by the Mancunian women (and men!) who encouraged a generation of women to fight for their political freedom.

Look at original documents from key figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst and C.P. Scott for a captivating insight into the social, economic and political position of women in the early 20th century.

Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Recommended 16 yrs and above.


Jodrell Bank; Girls Night Out

8 March, 7.30pm, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The ever-popular Girls Night Out returns for International Womens’ Day 2018. Led by Sue Horne MBE from the UK Space Agency, the evening promises to be a fascinating and unmissable event for anyone interested in the science of space exploration.

The event will include an inspiring introductory talk and a Q&A session with Sue, there’ll also be a host of interactive activities (including ‘The Dangers of Space Travel’ and the chance to discover some actual meteorites!), and of course, we’ll be serving up our famous chocolate brownies. Don’t miss out!

This event is aimed at adults and children aged 12+

This event is supported by the UK Space Agency


Manchester University Music Society - Musica Festival Concert

9 March, 1.10pm - 2pm, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

Musica is a week-long festival during the week of International Women’s Day. It comprises of multiple events that celebrate all aspects of female music making, including composition, performance, conducting and academic/leadership roles. This concert will feature female composed works.

FREE - no need to book, just turn up!


Manchester City Council Events for International Women's Day

A variety of events held to celebrate International Women's Day and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which saw a change in law that allowed some women the vote for the first time.