International Women's Day 2019 Best Practice Winners

The University has been recognised by the official International Women’s Day campaign for our Leicester’s Wall of Women activity during International Women’s Day 2019.

Taking part throughout the week of international women’s day, our ‘Wall of Women’ has been announced as Best Practice Winner: Education and Academia: Knowledge and Impact by International Women’s Day.

Led by Professor Turi King (Co-Chair of the Women’s Forum) and inspired by Nottingham Trent University, the activity saw staff and students from across the University nominate women at the institution who have influenced or inspired them. The nominations were hand-written by staff and students onto small plaques and displayed on the wall within the Students’ Union.

As hundreds of nominations poured in throughout the week, every name was logged and ten names were randomly selected each day to attend a larger IWD closing ceremony. The event included speeches from the University's Vice-Chancellor, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Co-Chair of the Women’s Forum, Professor Turi King. Turi said: 

“It was a pleasure to lead the Wall of Women event for International Women’s Week. It was a wonderful way to champion women’s contributions at the University. I was keen to make this a significant University-wide event, involving all staff and students and for me it was so heart-warming to see people’s reactions to the plaques: many women were moved to tears to find plaques dedicated to them. I’m already planning next year’s event!”

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team would like to thank all those who participated.