‘Trailblazing’ women at University of Leicester celebrated in inaugural gallery

Posted by ap507 at Mar 11, 2015 12:40 PM |
Staff nominate inspirational colleagues for online gallery unveiled today

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 March

Photo/interview opportunity, 11 March, 12.30pm – 1.30pm at Garendon Room, 4th Floor Charles Wilson, University of Leicester: The twelve women included in the inaugural ‘Inspirational Women Gallery’ will be revealed.

Contact pressoffice@le.ac.uk to request images.

The University of Leicester today (11 March) unveils its inaugural gallery of inspirational women at the University to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015.

Twelve women have been selected to appear in an online gallery which will be included on a new website dedicated to supporting the careers of women at the University of Leicester. They include academics in areas as diverse as Medicine, Engineering, Archaeology and Education, as well as highly achieving members of the University’s professional services and administration.

The gallery will be revealed today at an awards ceremony at the University, introduced by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle and with a speech by Dr Angela Lennox, University of Leicester academic and Associate Medical Director for NHS England. Fitness entrepreneur Rosemary Conley will give closing remarks for the event.

Staff at the University were invited to celebrate the achievements of women at Leicester by nominating candidates who work or have a link with the University.  Over sixty nominations were received.

The twelve selected nominations are:

  • Professor Liz Anderson (Department of Medical and Social Care Education)
  • Professor Helen Atkinson CBE, FREng (Department of Engineering)
  • Rajinder Bhuhi (Career Development Service)
  • Professor Hilary Burgess (School of Education)
  • Professor Mary Dixon-Woods (Department of Health Sciences)
  • Professor Lin Foxhall (School of Archaeology and Ancient History)
  • Dr Turi King (Department of Genetics)
  • Philippa Lambden (Stanhope House Day Nursery)
  • Dr Emma Parker (School of English)
  • Professor Catrin Pritchard (Department of Cancer Studies)
  • Frances Stone (Residential and Commercial Services)
  • Bridget Towle (Chair of Council)

The gallery will also be displayed in the windows of the University Bookshop and on television display screens across campus from 11 March. Each gallery entry will include a photograph and brief profile of the award recipient.

The campaign has been spearheaded with the image of Professor Olive Banks (1923-2006) who was the first woman to be awarded a Chair at the University in 1972. She was the trailblazer for women at the University of Leicester and led the way for future generations of women at the University. Like Olive, all of these women have broken through in their chosen fields and have also supported others to make progress.

Professor Henrietta O’Connor, co-Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee and organiser of the event, said: “These women are all role models in their particular fields and the final twelve includes women from a range of backgrounds and career stages.

“All of these women have worked hard to help others achieve in their careers which is why many of them were nominated. Some have also juggled complex domestic responsibilities with their own career and managed to maintain a work-life balance.

“We hope that people will join us in celebrating the achievements of all women at the University of Leicester and that others, both men and women, staff and students, will find the event and the gallery inspirational.

“Many universities have begun to celebrate the achievements of women because often, for historical reasons, it is men who tend to have a higher profile within universities.

“At senior levels, universities remain male-dominated institutions. Fewer than 20% of Vice-Chancellors are women and nationally only around 20% of professors are women. For this reason it is important to mark International Women’s Day by recognising the achievements of the talented women who work at the University and to celebrate their success.

“This gallery goes some way in beginning to balance the representation of university staff to be more inclusive of today’s workforce.”

The online gallery will be accessible from 12.30pm on 11 March at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/womenatleicester/international-womens-day/gallery


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Professor Henrietta O’Connor on hso1@le.ac.uk

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