International Women's Day 2024

A selection of our female students and staff

Every year on 8 March, we mark International Women's Day to celebrate and empower women all around the globe. This year's theme 'Inspiring Inclusivity' aims to ensure that women everywhere are represented and included to create a more equal world. 

Here at the University of Salford, we're surrounded by incredible female students, alumni and staff who are breaking barriers, changing the world and inspiring the next generation of female leaders. We're committed to inclusivity and cherish the diversity of our community. We are proud to say that 56% of staff at Salford are female, and of those 14% are from Minoritised Ethnic backgrounds. 

We're celebrating this International Women's Day by championing our students' success stories and sharing a selection of resources to inspire inclusivity everywhere. 

The Power of Female Mentorship

Two international female students talking

"My mentor pushed my to pursue my aspirations with confidence and embrace new opportunities like my work placement module, even if they entail risk. I started to go out of my comfort zone and started feeling at ease applying to new opportunities."

Read BSc English Literature student, Hibah's life changing experience of female mentorship at Salford.

Women in STEM at Salford

Discover the work we're doing to support our female students into careers in STEM.

Women in STEM at Salford video

Talking Salford: Women in STEM Special

A promotion graphic for Women in STEM talking Salford podcast

In this special Talking Salford episode to mark Women in STEM Day, we're bringing you two unique stories.

Professor Chloe James talks through her experience as an academic in microbiology, how the experience for a woman in STEM differs in different countries and what more can be done to encourage young women and girls to pursue a career in STEM subjects.

Former Erasmus student and PhD graduate Paz Aranega-Bou chats through her experience of studying at Salford as a Spanish student, the integral work she did during the COVID-19 pandemic and what her advice would be for current microbiology students ahead of entering the industry.

Women in Construction Apprenticeships

Find out more about our female construction apprenticeships and they're advice for anyone thinking about entering the sector.

Women In Construction Apprenticeships

IWD Events at Salford

Celebrate International Women's Day 2024 on campus at the following events:

  • International Women's Day 2024 Research Showcase - 6 March 12.30 - 4.15 pm (GMT) Celebrate the pioneering research of our female staff and postgraduate research students in the School of Health and Society. Register on Eventbrite for your free ticket.
  • The Scattered Collective IWD performance - 6 March 12:30 pm (GMT) New Adelphi Atrium. Listen to our talented music students who will be performing a curated musical programme to inspire inclusivity.
  • IWD Poetry Jam - 8 March 5 pm (GMT) The Old Fire Station Bakery. Whether you're a poet or just someone who loves poetry, head down to sign up to perform, have a listen, meet new friends and enjoy some cake.             

Go Beyond Mentoring Project

Two international foundation year students in a classroom chatting look at a piece of paper

As a University, we strive to give women equal opportunities and are determined to help improve the representation of women across the STEM sectors. 

Go Beyond provides female students with vital mentoring, an industry role model, and a safe place for conversations. Our students gain work-ready skills, develop their communication style, and discover good practices, helping them to confidently step into a STEM career.

Join Go Beyond for a Women in STEM Celebration event on 6 March from 12.30 - 5.00 pm (GMT). You'll hear from keynote speaker, Dr Shini Somara, network with industry experts and find out more about what being a women in STEM is really like. Discover how to get involved by clicking the link below.