The theme for International Women's Day 2024, and beyond, is let's Inspire Inclusion. When women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment. This year's IWD organisers invite us all to strike a pose and create a hand heart gesture to #InspireInclusion.

Join us for our International Women's Day celebrations taking place over March.

Keynote speaker events:

Pauline Campbell - Women in politics

Pauline will talk about women in politics and their role in inclusion. Expect to hear about Margaret Thatcher, Dianne Abbot, Suella Braverman, and more.

British Principal lawyer, legal writer, and published author. Facing institutional racism and prejudiced bias, Pauline fought to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer, qualifying at the age of 41. Since then, she has fought to end structural racism and to inspire others to work together to engender societal change. Join Pauline on 8 March 12 pm -1 pm. Register for Pauline Campbell's talk

Sue O'Leary-Hall - Making vulnerability a leadership strength

Sue will talk about how the concept of the hero-leader is out-moded, and why leading with compassion is the way forward.

Sue is the Director of Leadership, Learning and EDI Specialist for Thesan Coaching and Training. She works with multi-academy trusts and global businesses to provide expert support around culture change through a combination of bespoke training and executive coaching.

Sue also works in the Strategic Projects Team for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds. She is currently creating a new leadership development system for her Faculty, based on a constellation model of inclusive leadership with the aim of democratising opportunities, improving leadership capacity and enhancing succession provision.

Please note that Sue will also tell her personal story, of which some of the content may be challenging, as it will cover the death of a child, as well as sexual violence. Join Sue on 15 March 11am -12pm. Register for Sue O'Leary-Hall's talk.

Wellbeing walk and talk with facilitators

Trained facilitators will take you on a gentle walk near campus, leading the conversation on wellbeing for women. Network with fellow women at the University and benefit from the wealth of experience provided by our three facilitators:

  • Kiera Williams – Founder, CaliUnity fitness studio (alumna and past staff member)
  • Sara Williment - Development Consultant & Coach, Farleigh Performance (past staff member)
  • Annie Legge – Founder, Dot Project, Tech4Good South West and The Bath 5k Map focused on youth mental health.

Open to students and staff identifying as a trans-women, non-binary, and cis-women comfortable in a female centred community.

  • 10-10.30: Introductory discussion
  • 10.30-11.30: Walk and talk
  • 11.30-12: Group reflection over free tea and coffee - please bring your own cup

8 March, 10-12pm. Book your space on the walk now.

Events for staff

My Best Self at Work Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to explore in a safe nurturing environment. Expressing our natural self at work can bring its challenges. With a curious mind we can begin to understand how our behaviour, beliefs and values affect our personal experiences and perspective in the workplace. This is a workshop facilitated by Anna Harvey, Internal Coach, Life Coach and Pranic Healing Therapist. Wednesday 13 March, 12:45-14:15, East Building 0.15. Book your place on the workshop now.

Inspiring Inclusion – Being an ally to women in the workplace

Seminar designed and delivered by the School of Management.

An exciting opportunity that will showcase the work that the School of Management is doing to support women in their careers. Hear about the steps they are taking, the progress they are making, and be part of the discussion on what we still need to do. They are marshalling an all-male panel and putting them in the spotlight, giving them the opportunity to share their views and talk about their understanding of the challenges for women in the workplace. Please come along and have your say (students also welcome to attend). Date: 7 March, 13:30-14:30. Location: 10 East, Lecture theatre 0.13. Register for the Inspiring Inclusion seminar

Empowering women at the workplace

Workshop designed and delivered by Dr Sandrine Alègre.

An interactive workshop to reflect on how we find our voice and our space in the workplace. Through individual and group activities, we will discuss self-confidence and imposter syndrome, living our multiple roles, professional development and strategies. Date: 13 March, 11:15 am-1 pm. Location: CB 4.10 Register for Empowering women workplace

Imposter phenomenon

Webinar designed and delivered by Kate Elliott.

Connect with peers in a safe and supportive environment and explore imposter feelings - what are they, why do they arise and what can you do about them? This interactive online webinar will be hosted by Kate Elliott, Coaching Psychologist and Organisational Development Consultant. Date: 14th March, 2 pm-3 pm. Location: Online session on Teams. Register for the Imposter phenomenon webinar

Events for students


(Girl)Bossing it: Confidence Skills for the male-heavy workplace Date: 4 March 2024. Time: 10:15 am - 11:45 am Register for GirlBossing it: Confidence skills workshop

A Man’s World? Being an ally to women in the male-heavy workplace Date: 4 March 2024. Time: 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Register for A Man's World? Being an ally to women workshop

In person

(Girl)Bossing it: Confidence Skills for the male-heavy workplace Date: 7 March 2024. Time: 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Register for GirlBossing it: Confidence skills workshop

A Man’s World? Being an ally to women in the male-heavy workplace Date: 7 March 2024. Time: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm Register for A Man's World? Being an ally to women the workshop

Women in Maths

Open to Undergraduates, Postgraduates and staff in the Department of Mathematics. Bring your lunch and and socialise with women in the department. Friday 8 March, 12-2pm. Find out more.


Read the latest blog from Heather Girling, Staff Wellbeing Manager, on menopause inclusion.


Listen to the Chaplaincy's latest podcast Interfaith Community: Faith Writings & Women.

Library reading lists

The Library has collated online reading lists (Library Lists) that showcase materials on Women in STEM, Women in Architecture and Black Feminist reading collection.

There will also be a women's books display in the level 2 foyer area of the Library from 4 March (it will last throughout the whole month).


During the IWD celebrations we are also bolstering our support for the #NeverOK campaign, a citywide campaign which makes clear that bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct are #NeverOK. Through training students in bystander intervention, and developing allyship and community within the University, the campaign is creating a more inclusive and race-conscious environment. You can find out how to get involved in the campaign here.

The University can help, you can tell us if you have experienced any form of discrimination, including microaggressions. Use Support and Report, we listen and take you seriously. We can support, offer guidance, and make change #NeverOK.

BeTheChange is a one-hour module and covers topics such as recognising your own biases, learning new ways of interacting with others, how to intervene if you witness harassment and how to report or seek support if you witness or experience harassment.

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