Women's Voice Awards

Date published: January 17, 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Do you work with, teach, or are taught by a woman whose excellence, dedication or creativity sets them apart?

Our Women’s Voice staff network will be marking International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March with a celebratory Women’s Voice Awards event recognising the achievements of women, both staff and students, in the University.

The awards also underline our commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter and improving outcomes for women in higher education. 

Nominations are welcomed from all of our schools and directorates so let us know who you admire and why. The online submission form is quick and easy to fill in and you can nominate as many people as you like, however individuals can only be nominated for one of the three awards, in either the staff or student category.

Winners will be announced in the New Adelphi Theatre on Thursday 8 March, 5 - 7.30pm. The awards event will be hosted by comedian and writer Katie Mulgrew - who also just happens to be a Salford alumnus – and there will be live music, keynote speeches and refreshments provided.  It promises to be an inspirational event and more information about how to book your ticket for this event will follow soon.

There are three categories for both staff and students and each category will have a bronze, silver and gold winner. The categories are as follows:

STUDENT Category

Rising Star

A current undergraduate student, at any stage of their studies, who has demonstrated great dedication, excellence, creativity and flair. This may be a student who has been particularly committed to their studies, shown real initiative whilst on their placement, or who contributes a great deal to the wider University campus culture.

Some things to consider when completing the nomination process:

- How engaged is the student with their studies?

- Do they hold any positions of responsibility?

- Are they involved in extracurricular activities?

Established Excellence

A current postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student, at any stage of their studies, who has who has demonstrated great dedication, excellence, creativity and flair as part of a consistent journey to their current level of study. A student who consistently performs at a high standard, and whose dedication to their work is an inspiration to other and a shining example of commitment to the University.

Some things to consider when completing the nomination process:

- How engaged is the student with their studies?

- Do they hold any positions of responsibility?

- Are they involved in extracurricular activities?

- Demonstration of impact on peers or the wider student or local community – this could include public engagements, conferences, volunteering etc.  

STAFF Category

Rising Star

A member of University of Salford staff with up to three years’ service who has demonstrated excellence within their time of employment and shows great promise for future success.

Some things to consider when completing the nomination process:

- Has their enthusiasm or contribution had a positive impact on colleagues, students and/or partners?

- Has there been positive change to the student experience or working environment as a result of their actions?

Established Excellence

A member of University of Salford staff with three or more years of service who consistently performs at a high standard, and whose dedication to their work is an inspiration to colleagues and a shining example of commitment to the University.

Some things to consider when completing the nomination process:

- Has this member of staff improved the reputation of the University?

- Have they improved the student experience, professional services or widened community engagement?

- Have they contributed to a positive culture change amongst the University community?

Above and Beyond – this can be a member of staff or student

This is the ‘wild card’ of the categories and can be in recognition of great work, commitment to colleagues or students, commitment to diversity and equality issues, or any other scenario or behaviours that are considered to be exceptional. We are looking for interesting and inspiring stories that really make this staff or student behaviour truly ‘above and beyond’.

Submit your nominations here before midnight on Friday 9 February.

Due to their close involvement in organising the Awards, the following individuals will not be eligible for nomination:

Student judging panel:Neil Fowler
Nicole Holt
USSU representatives

Staff judging panel:Jo Purves
Alison Blackburn
Louise Edwards-Holland

Women’s Voice CommitteeKirsty Fairclough
Tahira Majothi
Christine PikeSamantha Gill
Gemma Lomas
Caroline Magennis
Joanne Caldwell
Jane Howard
Maria Dickinson
Helen Jones

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