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Events 2017



Katharine Perera Women in Leadership Annual lecture

6th March 2017, 4pm–5.45pm, Whitworth Hall. 

The President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, invites you to attend the inaugural Katharine Perera Women in Leadership Annual Lecture delivered by Lorna Fitzsimons, Co-founder and CEO, The Pipeline. 


4.00pm  -  Drinks reception and networking

4.30pm  -  Welcome by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice- Chancellor

4.35pm  –  An introduction to the inaugural Katharine Perera Women in Leadership Annual Lecture by Professor Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy and patron of the Athena SWAN Charter

4.40pm - The inaugural Katharine Perera Women in Leadership Annual Lecture - The leadership challenges of 2020 and why gender matters by Lorna Fitzsimons, Co-founder and CEO, The Pipeline 

This will be an interactive session where Lorna will probe and challenge the audience on why there are so few women at the top, why it matters and what we can do about it.  Lorna will empower the audience to better understand what is happening and how they can personally effect change or help others too. With her direct approach of myth busting and truth telling you will hopefully feel energised and inspired.

Lorna Fitzsimons co-founded The Pipeline in 2012 to focus on the development of executive female talent. The organisation runs a series of pioneering programmes for women and companies across the FTSE 350. The Pipeline works with boards, CEOs and their executive colleagues, as well as individual women to help them prepare for leadership roles. Lorna is a former Member of Parliament and President of the National Union of Students.



University responses to sexual violence on campus

6 March 2017, 11am-12.30pm, University Place, 1.219

Prof. Shamus Khan (Columbia University) and Cath Prescott (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The University of Manchester) will be talking about university responses to the problem of sexual violence on campus. Shamus is a sociologist who has been heading up a major project on this topic and is looking at forms of institutional change in the wake of the findings; Shamus has been working in partnership with universities in the US and elsewhere.


‘Gender, Urbanisation and Poverty: Principles, Practice, and the Space of Slums’

8 March 2017, 5pm-6:30pm, Theatre B, Roscoe Building

Global Development Institute lecture delivered by Prof Sylvia Chant:

The Global Development Lecture Series brings together scholars involved in cutting edge research on international development. It aims to facilitate dialogue and discussion, providing a space for leading development thinkers to share their latest research ideas with Manchester's staff and students.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A


Enriqueta Rylands: Her Story

8 March 2017, 11am-12pm, The John Rylands Library (Deansgate)

Meet the mysterious founder of The John Rylands Library through our collections. Enriqueta Rylands stayed out of the limelight during her lifetime, so little is known about her.

Join us as we collate her letters and personal effects to tell her story, exploring the reasons for her founding this wonderful library in her husband’s name.

Part of the Wonder Women Festival 2017.

No need to book.


FMBH International Women’s Day Event: Engendering Change

8 March 2017, 1pm-5pm, Roscoe Building

Guest speakers and panel discussions

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be marking the day with an afternoon of activities in Roscoe Building. We will welcome guest speakers including Susan Oliver RN FRCN, MSc, OBE, Nurse Consultant in Rheumatology and Professor Maureen Baker CBE FRCGP, Immediate past Chair of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners and there will also be panel discussions.

The panel sessions will start at 1pm, however please arrive from 12.30pm onwards for registration and light refreshments.

International Women's Day is not just for WOMEN, we welcome male colleagues, registration is required for this event and will be available via Eventbrite, further details and programme to follow

Please note that you do not need to attend the whole event, however you will need to register your place for one of the panel discussions. The panel discussions will be taking place at the same time so please select one only.

If you have any queries about the event please contact either or


Closing the Gender Pay Gap: what are the issues?

8 March 2017, 12pm-1.30pm, 3.44A Simon Building

In connection with the International Women's Day, 8 March, the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team at AMBS is hosting a session about the Gender Pay Gap. To reflect and share their insights on this issue we have invited two leading researchers in the field, Professor Jill Rubery, AMBS  and Dr Carol Woodhams, University of Exeter Business School. In addition, we have asked David Perfect, Equality and Human Rights Commission, to comment on the speakers' contributions. 

If you would like to attend please register your interest here


Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor presents 'Her Career as a Woman in Science'

Organised by The Manchester WISE Society

Roscoe Theatre B
March 8th 2017, 3pm


Musica (Manchester Music Society) Lunchtime Concert

8 March 2017, 1.10pm-2pm, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre

On International Women’s Day, Musica presents a concert of works by female composers, including the premières of newly composed student works, performed by Manchester music students. A celebration of all aspects of female music making; composing, performing and conducting.

No need to book - just turn up.

Please note that after the concert there will be the opportunity to make voluntary donations to Manchester Rape Crisis:


The Pankhurst Lecture 2017: Dame Margaret Hodge MP - ‘A Life of a Woman in Politics’

hosted by The University of Manchester , School of Law

9 March 2017 5pm -7pm, University Place Lecture Theatre B

Christabel Pankhurst was once described as the ‘most dangerous woman in Britain’. She was with her mother and sisters one of the leaders of the Suffragettes and her ‘crime’ was demanding Votes for Women.  Christabel  gained a First in her Law degree at The University of Manchester  but as a woman could not enter legal practice. The Pankhurst lecture honours one of our most distinguished alumna,  celebrates the achievements that have been made in women’s rights  and highlights the work still to be done.

This year another doughty campaigner for women in politics, Dame Margaret Hodge MP delivers the Pankhurst lecture hosted by the School of Law.  Please join us on Thursday 9 March University Place Lecture Theatre B, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester  M13 9PL .  This a public event but please register using the link in the event title 


Related links

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Wonder Women festival:

Official IWD events page:


Future events




The University of Manchester and Manchester Enterprise Centre are thrilled to be working with the fun and fabulous beauty brand Soap & Glory to create an inspirational day about women in business. The free, all-day event on Wednesday 10th May 2017 will feature interactive workshops and top-name speakers and is designed for women who would like to start their own businesses or who are in the early stages of doing so. Applicants will be selected on their personal motivation for starting a business and the stage they are at in setting up their business (early stage, mid-stage or late stage).

Former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times, Rachel Bridge, will be in conversation with Jane Field, founder of Jonny’s Sister and Wendy Shand founder of Tots To Travel. Jonny’s Sister is an online retailer specialising in British-made, personalised gifts and Tots To Travel focuses on holidays with children. All three women have created their own successful businesses and will offer invaluable insight into starting companies and entrepreneurship. 

Workshops will include ‘Realising Your Potential’ with director and voice coach Maggie Ford, ‘Inspiring Creativity’from Manchester Enterprise Centre’s Mark Batey and a business masterclass with expert and consultant, Ann Davies. Please note that these speakers are to be confirmed.

A member of the digital team at Soap & Glory will discuss her work and vision. There will also be an extremely big name female boss to headline the event, with details soon to be announced.


Soap & Glory was founded in 2006 by a maverick soaper-woman whose mission was to formulate fun, world-class quality beauty products that would give EVERY GIRL THE BEST BANG FOR HER BEAUTY BUDGET. Ten years on, the brand is loved the world over and can be found in Boots stores across the UK and in other retailers throughout the globe.