Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place each year on 8 March and at the University of Nottingham we will be celebrating IWD throughout the month of March. 

This year’s theme is Embrace Equity and you can find out more about this international campaign on the IWD website

For 2023, we have a variety of events and celebrations – everything from exhibitions, panel discussions, talks, and workshops. We are inviting the entire university to be part of this conversation and show how you are breaking gender stereotypes. 

Why not share a photo and caption on Wednesday 8 March using #EmbraceEquity, #WeAreUoN, #IWD_UoN. 

Please have a look below and get involved! We will be updating the information with any additional details as and when they are confirmed

List of events for International Women's Day 2023
 Name of eventLocation of eventDate and time of event How to book

Gender Equality Pledge/Suggestion wall
Students and staff are invited to participate in creating a pledge/ suggestion wall of what we can do to improve equality. These will feature uniquely made flowers that students & staff can sign that will then be added to the wall. This will be a visual representation of a community effort to improve equality.  (We intend to publish this through newsletters & social media platforms).

Physics Building entrance and the School of Chemistry Building Foyer, University Park campus Monday 6 March - Friday 24  March Drop in to sign the pledge 

'Inspirational Women in Sport and Science' Talk 
Join three international guest speakers of Dr Heide Sevestre (glaciologist), Freshta Ibrahimi (Mountaineer) and Maj Heather Stanning OBE (double Olympic and world champion rower), followed by a screening of Freshta Ibrahimi’s short film, with refreshments to be provided. 

University Park, Law & Social Science B63 Tuesday 7 March, from 7pm Book your place here - £2.50 a ticket

Nominate a song for our playlist
All staff and students are invited to nominate one song that you feel celebrates difference. The song must feature a woman/women on lead vocals and will be featured in a School of Education playlist, which will be played throughout the Dearing Building atrium throughout the day. Email the artist and song title to joanne.hancock@nottingham.ac.uk to be included.

Dearing Building atrium, Jubilee Campus Wednesday 8 March, all day Email Joanne Hancock

International Women's Day civic event
Speakers include: Angela Seddon - UoN
Helen Voce - Nottingham Women's Centre
Caroline Henry - Police and Crime Commissioner
Cllr Neghat Khan - Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion

Plus information stalls from the voluntary & community sector, and workshops from Equipped to Succeed and Public Health!

The Council House, Old Market Square, City Centre, NG1 2DT Wednesday 8 March, from 10am - 2pm Drop in to take part

UoN Sport
Celebrating International Women’s Day at David Ross Sports Village so be sure to drop in and watch some inspiring women compete in BUCS throughout the day!

David Ross Sports Village Wednesday 8 March - all day  Drop in and more here

CANCELLED: Inspiring Women in STEM: #EmbraceEquity 
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the University of Nottingham is hosting Inspiring Women in STEM: #EmbraceEquitya virtual talk aimed at current and prospective students, alumni, staff and the wider community.  

Online via MS Team Wednesday 8 March, from 6pm - 7.30pm Book your place here

‘The Woman King’ Film screening

Join for a film screening of 'The Woman King' to celebrate International Women's Day at Sutton Bonington. 

The Nest, Sutton Bonington  Campus Thursday 9 March, from 6:30pm Drop in to watch film screening 

Walk a mile  

The event will consist of people invited to wear 'shock pads' to simulate period cramp pain whilst undertaking physical tasks. This is to raise money for the Unstoppable Project, reduce stigma surrounding periods, and gain awareness for the daily lives of peers.

Foyer in David Ross Sports Village, University Park Thursday 9 March Drop in to take part

Girls Night in event
Girls Night In is back to celebrate International Womens Day 2023 with the biggest takeover of the year! Open to all female-identifying students at UoN, the first 300 attendees receive a free goody bag full of gifts, as well as open access to the climbing wall, high performance zone, arts and crafts area and massages and facials – completely free! Sports tasters on the night include volleyball, trampolining and football as well as fitness classes, including spin, HIIT, booty blast and lifting workshops! It’s completely free and you don’t need a UoN Sport membership to attend! 

David Ross Sports Village Sunday 12 March, from 7pm - 10pm  Book your place here

‘Hidden Figures’ Film screening
Join for a film screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ to celebrate International Women’s events happening in March. 

C15, Chemistry Building Tuesday 14 March, from 6pm - 8pm  Register your attendance 

IWD Creative Challenge Competition
Share with us an original creation made by you on the topic of International Women’s Day. These will be shared on Padlet and an in person showcase of all submissions will take place on Wednesday 8 March. Open to all.  

Mediums include (but not limited to): drawing, painting, comics, photography, video, graphic design, posters, pottery, collage, poetry, dancing, essay or story writing, storytelling, music, mosaic, mixed media, textiles, baking etc. 

Students/staff will vote. The top three entries will win a prize and will be announced at a prize giving event. 

 Lakeside Arts  Wednesday 15 March, from 3pm  Submit creative work here by Monday 6 March

‘Amazing Female Computer Scientists’
The School of Computer Science will offer a branded gift to all female students and staff members. The gift will consist of a green or purple envelope ( symbolizing the colours for International Women's Day), which will include a magnetic bookmark with an inspirational message and a complimentary chocolate.
The School of Computer Science Atrium will be decorated with posters of female computer scientists who changed the tech world. We will showcase the vital work that women in Computer Science currently do, and hope to inspire the next generation of young women to follow in their path. 

Computer Science Reception Office, Jubilee Campus Wednesday 15 March, from 9am - 4pm  Drop in to collect your free gift! 

Let's Talk Periods and Menopause: International Women's Day 2023
Join us for our Central Event for this year’s International Women’s Day – an exciting interactive session open to staff and students.

This workshop, led by Dr Claire Mann, owner of ChangeXtra, Laura Coryton, Director of SexEdMatters and Professor Chris Denning to help increase understanding and awareness of the impact of menstruation and menopause and period poverty, and encourage you to speak up and tackle stigma.

We are particularly keen for those who don’t menstruate to attend and find out more 

Online via MS Teams Wednesday 22 March 2023, from 1.15pm - 2:45pm Book your place here (PLEASE NOTE: If you registered your attendance prior to Thursday 16 March, you will need to re-register due to a technical fault with the event page.)

Becoming a Woman in Chemistry - A celebration of International Women's Day

The event will feature short talks by members of staff from various career paths withing the field of Chemistry. They will share their experience, insights, joys and challenges that have led them where they are now. Followed by refreshments.  The speakers include:

  • Liz Hufton, Senior Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Science
  • Barbara Villa Marcos, Assistant Professor, T&CL
  • Helena Henke, PDRA
  • Jade Christie, Senior Technical Manager
  • Miriam O'Duill, Assistant Professor, T&R
X2, School of Chemistry, University Park Thursday 23 March, from 1pm - 3pm   Book your place here 

Infertility, Miscarriage, and Child Loss in Academia: Raising Awareness and Offering Support

Join the event to change the narrative around infertility, dispel myths, break isolation and create a community that cares. Key speakers Dr Nick Raine-Fenning (UoN, TFP Nurture) , Ciaran Hannington (HIMFertility) and Ruth Bender Atik (Miscarriage Association).

Participants will have the opportunity to share their own stories or hear from others.

Hybrid, Online via Microsoft Teams and Council Dining Room, Trent Building Monday 27 March, from 11am - 1pm

Book your place here
Staff only event

Menopause Café

The Women’s Staff Network hosting a Menopause Café, this is a discussion with no pre-set agenda, where the topics are chosen by the participants on the day. Menopause Cafes are not an opportunity to give people information about the menopause, regardless of how useful or important this information is. Instead we create time and space to discuss the menopause without expectations or experts.

Welcome to bring own lunch to event, with tea/coffee provided. 

B128 University of Nottingham Medical School (QMC) Wednesday 29 March, from 12pm- 1pm  wsncommittee@nottingham.ac.uk

Find out more about EDI at the University of Nottingham or our Women's Staff and Student Networks. 


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Trent Building
University Park Campus