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National Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month and there is plenty going on across Campus for staff and students to get involved in over the next few weeks.

Womens History Month

The inaugural Gender Research Conference

This event taking place on 6 March provides an opportunity for colleagues to share and celebrate the range of gender research being undertaken across the university, network with colleagues, and showcase Leeds Beckett’s gender research to external delegates.

The conference also gives us the opportunity to support the university’s commitment to gender equality as part of the Athena SWAN charter. The charter commits the university to gender equality and to be supportive of the career development of talented individuals. For more information on the event and speakers click here or follow #GenderLBU across the week.  

Delegates will be joined at the close of the conference by Graphic Arts and Design students offering an innovative, interdisciplinary exhibition and performance. Informed by a brief on gender, International Women’s Day and broader equality issues, their work complements staff involvement with 105 Women, a women’s art collective who are presenting at the conference. BA Hons Performance Students are also performing an intervention at the closing reception.

Students and staff will lead a walking finish after the conference reception and invite you all to join them in a short guided walk from Cloth Hall Court to Millennium Square where further student work will be shown on The Big Screen. Throughout March, both The Big Screen and Portland Wall will be showcasing imagery connected to National Women's History Month.

Women in Leadership programme for students

This year our University has launched its first ‘Women in Leadership’ programme for students.

The programme will identify female students – with an interest in leadership – and guide them through a series of events and activities to accelerate that interest, ambition and potential.

The programme will incorporate input from our employer networks, from female representatives across a diverse range of backgrounds within the region and Leeds Beckett colleagues who are part of a network of academic and professional staff within our institution that are committed to our Athena SWAN Charter.

Two events are taking place during March as part of the programme 6 March the university will host the Introduction to Mentoring and Building Confidence and 19 March Speed Networking will be taking place at City Campus 16:00-19:00. For more information please contact Katie Cliff at K.E.Cliff@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Aurora +1 event

This takes place on 7 March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 (8 March). This event has been designed to give women working at Leeds Beckett University an opportunity to hear from expert speakers, panel members and subject matter leaders to help develop their leadership knowledge and skills and to enable them to share ideas, challenges and successes.  

Many female leaders in Higher Education already have access to such events and the Aurora + 1 Event is designed to offer similar opportunities to talented women working in our University. 

Every woman that has attended the Aurora Leadership Programme has been invited to bring along a female colleague who they feel would benefit from exposure to strategic and leadership exchanges and the opportunity to network with senior colleagues. For more information on the event click here or follow #Aurora+1 and #Pressforprogress.

Cultural Conversations at the Town Hall

Dr Helen Dampier, senior lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, is hosting a talk exploring forgotten heroines and women in history on 7 March. This talk is part of the university’s Cultural Conversations series.

Gender Equality Research

In addition to the above events, a new study by Leeds Beckett has revealed countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

An Elusive Suffragette blog

Keith Rowntree who is in charge of the university’s Archive and Special Collections has published a new blog about a suffragette incident that took place during the opening ceremony of the City of Leeds Training College at Beckett Park in 1913.

Here is a link to the Library's research page for the Gender Research Conference and for International Women's Day with a lot of resources available. There is also a book display in the Sheila Silver Library. 

Lessons from the past: Why Winifred Mercier’s work still resonates

Professor Rachel Lofthouse's work on Winifred Mercier may also be of interest. You can read it here. Professor Lofthouse currently holds the title of Winifred Mercier Professor of Education and a portrait of Winifred can be found in the Acre Room on Campus.


If you’re organising any related activity which we’ve not mentioned and which you would like to promote to staff and students please contact us at: staffnews@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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