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Women at Nottingham: Pressing for Progress

Women at Nottingham: Pressing for Progress — part of a campaign to diversify portraiture at the University — aims to raise the visibility and profile of women in our city.

Launched on International Women’s Day 2018 and currently on display in the University’s Trent Building, the exhibition features 14 photographs of inspiring women with a connection to Nottingham and the University.

These include Florence Boot, former partner at Boots the Chemist and campaigner for womens' rights, as well as a Hollywood actress, China’s Athlete of the Century, and more.

Women at Nottingham builds on the success of Wonderful Women, a video which celebrates women’s achievements and emerging female leaders at the University, and the appointment of Professor Shearer West, the first female Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham.

 I am delighted that Nottingham’s past, present and future leaders are being represented in this way. Successful women featured in prominent places are great role models for younger women and it is right that we celebrate them.

Professor Shearer West

 
 

Georgina Wilding performs her poem 'The Nottingham Women'

After the exhibition

The Woman at Nottingham exhibition will be in place until March 2019. After the exhibition ends the portraits will appear on the walls of relevant Schools and Faculties as a constant inspiration for those living, working and studying there.

 

The portraits

Florence Boot, Lady Trent

Florence Boot, Lady Trent
Description
Campaigner for women's rights to Higher Education, Florence founded the first women's hall of residence at University Park. An astute businesswoman, she influenced the diversification of the original pharmaceutical trade to include books and fancy goods.

Dr Janet Folkes

Dr Janet Folkes
Description
Holder of 50 ballooning records for flights, including co-piloting a world record-breaking achievement in Gordon Bennett Cup 2009, spending 69 hours in the air. Janet was an expert in lasers in the Faculty of Engineering.

Kelly Vere

Kelly Vere
Description
Technical Skills Development Manager, Kelly champions the crucial role of technicians in Higher Education. Technician of the Year for STEM, she leads the strategic development of technical staff at Nottingham.

Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson
Description
Associate Professor in UoN's School of Health Sciences and Deputy Warden of Hugh Stewart Hall, Stacy is an advisor and speaker on healthcare and Higher Education equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK and China.

Dr Amanda Horton-Mastin

Dr Amanda Horton-Mastin
Description
Amanda formally led Red Nose Day, Sport Relief and Make Poverty History Campaigns, expanding Comic Relief's presence internationally including in the USA. Amanda is now responsible for Marketing, Communications and Fund Mobilisation at Girl Effect.

Professor Brigitte Scammell

Professor Brigitte Scammell
Description
A consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Brigitte is the first woman to be appointed Professor of Orthopaedics in the UK. She is a founding member of the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre and of the Arthritis Research UK Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Centre.

Hannah Reid

Hannah Reid
Description
Hannah is a co-founder, song writer and vocalist in internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning London Grammar, formed in 2009 in Ancaster Hall. The band's second album (2017) went straight to Number 1

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson
Description
Golden Globe Award-winner, and twice Olivier Award-winner for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Ruth remains a passionate advocate for the opportunities delivered by student-run Nottingham New Theatre. Conferred Honorary Degree, DLitt.

Professor Karen Cox

Professor Karen Cox
Description
Karen was the first woman Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham. Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care, she initiated Nottingham's Centre for Research in Palliative and End of Life Care. She is now Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent.

Georgina Wilding

Georgina Wilding
Description
Georgina is the first Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Young Poet Laureate. Her poetry focuses on social commentary and expression. She is founder of Mud Press and writes for television and radio.

Emma Barnett

Emma Barnett
Description
Broadcaster of the Year 2017 (the Political Studies Association Awards), and twice Digital Journalist of the Year, Emma hosts BBC 5 Live's Morning programme and writes a weekly Sunday Times column.

Dr Deng Yaping

Dr Deng Yaping
Description
Eighteen-times world table tennis champion, and winner of four Olympic Gold Medals. Following her retirement from sport Deng was voted Chinese Athlete of the Century. Conferred Honorary Degree DLitt, UNNC.

Daphne Priestley, OBE, JP DL

Daphne Priestley, OBE, JP DL
Description
Daphne was the first woman to be elected post-war as Students' Union President, University of Nottingham. She currently sits on the Cascade Grants Panel and has provided the Franks Scholarship for Graduate Entry Medicine for 20 years.

Dame Mary Marsh

Dame Mary Marsh
Description
Mary is non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc and Chair of Trustees at RCPCH. Previously, she was founder director of Clore Social Leadership, Chief Executive of NSPCC and a headteacher.
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International Women’s Day 2018 also saw us working with Nottingham Trent University to announce ‘Nottingham’s Women Experts’ – a guide to the expertise of our female staff, with underpinning support for their interactions with the media. These activities are set against others taking place across our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Find out more:

Here at the University of Nottingham, we have introduced a number of initiatives to ensure that we have a culture that is equitable, inclusive and diverse. Visit the People and Culture webpage to find out more.

 

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