Nottingham Trent University hosts engaging IWD event programme

Nottingham Trent University hosts engaging IWD event programme

 March 04, 2021

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Nottingham Trent University (NTU) shows significant support annually for International Women's Day - and this year's #ChooseToChallenge theme sees a raft of great events and activities throughout March. 

Catering for both staff and students, NTU's events and activities include conferences, exhibitions, networking, seminars and workshops.

From inspirational stories from NTU staff, and menopause awareness raising to virtual pub quizzes and a breakfast cafe, there is something for everyone of all genders.

Events include:

  • Colleague Stories 'Choose to Challenge'
  • IWD in other countries and cultures
  • Women's Staff Network breakfast café
  • NTU Employability Women’s Development Programme (WDP) Celebration
  • Menopause Awareness
  • #YesSheCan Webinar 
  • Panel Discussion: Women In Business 
  • Panel Discussion: Women In STEM Reserve your place
  • 'Is this the Age of Enterprising Women?' with NTU Enterprise
  • Panel Discussion: #ChooseToChallenge - Female Mindsets Reserve your place
  • Panel Discussion: #ChooseToChallenge - Stereotypical Graduate Job Locations Reserve your place
  • ‘Women Who Inspire Us’ with the NTU Virtual Global Lounge
  • Women's Staff Network pub quiz
  • WHEN introductory presentation (Women in Higher Education Network)
  • Women in Academia: Career Progression stories event

Sharing colleague's stories

NTU invited women from the University community to tell their stories of ‘choosing to challenge’. NTU is showcasing lived experiences of women who have either stood up to challenge, witnessed someone else making a challenge, or those who may have been affected by a situation when a challenge was made. 

Menopause Awareness webinars

Menopause and work – what does one have to do with the other? Sometimes nothing. And it would be great if that was always the case. Some sail through their menopause with barely a symptom, but it’s never the same experience for everyone. By talking openly about the menopause, raising awareness and putting the right support in place, perhaps we could get to a point where menopause can be discussed openly and honestly in the workplace.

NTU is running webinars exploring the menopause and its impact in the workplace, which aim to inform and generate conversation around this important topic. The university encourages colleagues and especially line managers to learn and open up the conversation. NTU also aims to continue to support those who experience menopause in the workplace, and line managers, with the roll out of a new menopause guidance document.

IWD around the world

IWD has been celebrated around the world for well over 100 years, so NTU is keen to explore and share the diverse range of traditions and celebrations, and the historical and cultural significance of the day in countries and cultures beyond the UK.

With this in mind, NTU invited colleagues to share how IWD is marked in their own countries and cultures. By doing so, the university hopes to broaden its  community’s understanding of the history and global context of IWD, and to share and learn from one another. 

Women’s Staff Network social events, virtual pledge wall, and charity drive

The Women’s Staff Networks are holding two social events for women at NTU to come together for informal and fun networking and socialising.

The first is an opportunity for the early risers – a breakfast café. People are encouraged to make a #ChooseToChallenge pledge on their virtual wall and discover what else is happening at NTU across the week. Wearing your best pyjamas is actively encouraged. The second is an opportunity for the ‘night owls’ – a pub quiz to round off a week of IWD activities.

Women in Academia: Career Progression Stories event

NTU’s Athena Swan action plan is committed to establishing a programme of work that supports women’s career development and progression. The ‘Women in Academia’ SharePoint site represented the beginning of this work and our next action is to deliver virtual networking events.

To mark IWD, NTU invites female academics to join a 'Women in Academia' virtual networking event, focusing on career progression stories from across NTU. 

Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) introductory event

The Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) is dedicated to equity of opportunity for women in higher education and work with individuals and institutions to remove systematic and cultural barriers. NTU is an institutional partner of WHEN and in this session participants can discover more about the network as a free resource to NTU colleagues, and how it can support individuals through free events, mentoring, and research.

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