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Women's Voice Awards - #PressforProgress

Mar 09, 2018

Women's Voice Awards 2018
Women's Voice Awards 2018

The New Adelphi Theatre was the setting for our inaugural Women’s Voice awards last night, fittingly held on International Women’s Day 2018.

The ceremony recognised the achievements of inspirational staff and students through three categories of award: Rising Star, Established Excellence and Above and Beyond. To see the event brochure which includes a list of all those nominated, click here.

Following refreshments, generously sponsored by Barefoot Wines, and entertainment from our School of Arts & Media students in Girl Band and the Suffrage Players, Vice-Chair Tahira Majothi welcomed guests on behalf of the Women’s Voice steering group before handing over to Registrar Alison Blackburn who acted as host. Alison, who was also one of the judging panel, revealed how impressed she had been with the quality and diversity of nominations and how pleased she had been to see so many students and staff nominating each other. She also drew the audience’s attention to our brand new temporary logo celebrating “Womanchester” in suffragette purple.

Dr Francine Morris, Head of Athena Swan, was first up with a rousing speech. Francine said: “Happy International Women’s Day! Happy first birthday to Women’s Voice! It’s a delight to work with the Women’s Group who are central to everything that is happening in Athena Swan. Their work sees us a trailblazer for gender equality across the sector and other universities are taking note of what we’re doing here in Salford. The dedication of so many women across our community to shine and succeed, often in the face of adversity, is incredible. What the Women’s Voice group do is to facilitate conversations bringing women together across the University to talk, share, challenge and inspire through its calendar of events.”

She also commended all the self-assessment teams across Schools who were working hard to help the University gain Athena Swan Silver accreditation.

Jo Purves, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity engagement committee, emphasised the senior management’s commitment to progress greater gender parity at Salford and said that organisations were most successful when people feel respected and valued. She said: “People see every day how you’re all making a difference. As a judge, it’s been very difficult to choose a winner and I am so proud to be part of an institution with so many inspiring people in it. Know one, be one and raise one!”

Dr Maria Stukoff, Maker Space Director, then took the stage to give a powerful keynote speech in which she celebrated the woman who had inspired her varied career – Lotte Reiniger, unsung hero and inventor of animation techniques and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation. The moment was particularly emotional for Maria, it having been 17 years ago when she had stood in the old Adelphi cohort graduating as an alumnus of Creative Technology.

Maria said: “The work we do individually or as a team - at home, at work and in our communities - will become tremendously important in how we encourage women in our lives, women we haven’t met yet and perhaps women we might never meet - to have the same if not better opportunities, to access education and careers in academia that we have in the auditorium today. And, that is part of the celebration of the Women Voice Awards this evening to recognise our efforts, collective knowledge, and personal contributions to the University of Salford and by adding some common sense and goodwill to go that extra mile.”

The student and staff winners in each of the three categories were presented with certificates and 3D printed trophies, made in our Morson Maker Space, by Christine Pyke and Bec Bennett from the Women’s Voice group. Unfortunately, Chair of the Women's Group Dr Kirsty Fairclough was unable to attend due to sickness.

The winners were:


Rising Star
Highly Commended - Harriet Ruddick
Bronze – Molly Marshall
Silver – Sabrina Walley
Gold – Eloise Kalavsky

Established Excellence
Bronze – Fatima Iqbal
Silver – Doxi Misatziou
Gold – Danielle Butler

Above and Beyond
Highly Commended - Angela Earnshaw
Bronze – Sarah Noonan
Silver – Nikki Rowney
Gold – Nicola Lidbetter


Rising Star
Bronze – Sophie Wilshaw
Silver – Dr Emilie Whitaker
Gold – Davina Whitnall

Established Excellence
Highly Commended - Dr Joanne Scott
Bronze – Dr Chloe James
Silver – Dr Michaela Rogers
Gold – Dr Anita Williams

Above and Beyond
Highly Commended – Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan
Bronze – Caroline Jones
Silver – Dr Suryia Nayak
Gold – Ashlee Cox

Alison Blackburn brought the event to a close, inviting people to get involved in Women’s Voice throughout the forthcoming year.  Conversations and celebrations continued over refreshments in the foyer.

Click the image below to view our Flickr gallery of photos from the event.

Women's Voice Awards

Scroll below for a timeline of some of the conversations on social media last night.