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International Women’s Day celebrates our inspirational staff and students (photos/video)

Mar 11, 2019

Colleagues came together to celebrate International Women's Day 2019
Colleagues came together to celebrate International Women's Day 2019

The Women’s Voice network held their second Awards Ceremony last Friday in The Old Fire Station.

It was standing room only as guests were welcomed by Co-Chairs Dr Nadine Watson and Dr Rania Kosmidou, who wished everyone a Happy Women’s Day to resounding applause.

They announced that the event was being held in memory of Lis Bourne, a truly inspirational women, who campaigned throughout her life for women’s equality, being a founding member of SSWANN, the predecessor to Women’s Voice.

Rania explained that the theme of International Women’s Day this year was #BalanceForBetter aiming to empower women to further equality and to drive gender balance across the world.

Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk MBE, who has been with the University for 27 years, spoke about her work with young women who aspired to study and work in engineering.

She has run the hugely-popular Insight residential programme since 2008, along with other University events to encourage more female and ethnic minority students in STEM subjects including inviting local Schools to attend exciting workshops on International Women in Engineering Day in June.

Haifa said: “The Insight participants really enjoy the week here, and we hope it helps them make the right decision about their future studies and careers in engineering and science. Running the course helps us double the number of women taking up engineering programmes here at Salford, so it is undoubtably worth the investment.

 “Visiting the University and industries to see engineering in action makes a huge difference in understanding what a career in engineering and science might entail.

 "I am indebted to all my colleagues, both male and female, who continue to support the programme unconditionally along with the companies and partners with whom we work.”

Takudzwa Mudiwa and Elliss Lewin then entertained the audience with readings of their powerful poetry, written from the viewpoint of young women.

You can hear their poetry by clicking here:

Next up was Head of Athena Swan, Dr Francine Morris who had the exciting task of revealing the winners for the coveted six awards.

Student Awards

Rising Star:
Winner: Komal Amar (School of Environment and Life Sciences)
Highly commended: Hannah Mae Graham (School of Arts and Media)

Above and Beyond:
Joint Winners: Nikki Rowney (Salford Business School) and Hatty Ruddick (Salford Business School)

Established Excellence:
Ivett Ayodele (School of Health and Society)

Staff Awards

Rising Star:
Winner: Megan Powell (School of Arts and Media)
Highly commended: Helen Clegg (Student Experience – School of Arts and Media)

Above and Beyond:
Winner: Niroshini Nirmalan (School of Environment and Life Sciences)
Highly Commended: Erin Shanagher (School of Arts and Media)

Established Excellence:
Winner: Vicki Hennessy (Marketing and External Relations)
Highly commended: Ursula Hurley (School of Arts and Media)

The event concluded with female staff and students and their male supporters spending time to network and extend their congratulations to nominees and winners.

Click here to see images and video footage from the event and taken throughout the day as well as some of the conversations taking place on twitter.