Thursday 8 March marks International Women's Day, a global celebration of respect, appreciation and recognition.

The theme for this year's IWD is #PressForProgress. Across the world women are making positive gains day by day. However now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. ​2018 also marks 100 years since women were first given the vote in the UK.

“For our community, International Women’s Day is a chance to participate in a global celebration of respect, appreciation and recognition of gender equality and women’s rights”


Joint event with Sheffield Hallam University

To celebrate International Women's Day, our Women's Network, Women@TUoS, are hosting a joint event with Sheffield Hallam. Women@TUoS works closely every year with the University to celebrate and recognise IWD.

We are pleased to announce a panel event and discussion, chaired by Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, from 11.30 - 13.00, followed by a networking lunch.

Panel members will talk about how they have been involved in pressing for progress and gender equality, the challenges they have faced, how they have overcome them and what, in their view, still needs to be done to make change happen.

Shahida Siddique

Shahida Siddique Web

Shahida Siddique is the Founding Partner and Director of FaithStar, a specialist consultancy service geared to the faith sector that was set up in 2013. FaithStar offers a niche support service across all areas of finance, governance, organisational development, change management and mentoring, in a manner that supports the principles of faith in business, as well as the principles of faith in community. Shahida has drawn together a team with extensive experience of charity fundraising, event management and helping charities and faith organisations grow.

Before starting FaithStar, Shahida spent over twenty years in the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector, as well as working in the public and private sectors. After ten years working as a project advisor for the Church of England, Shahida decided that it was time for her to create an organisation that matched her vision. Since then, many organisations across South Yorkshire and beyond have benefited from her innovative approach to partnership working and cross-sector collaboration.

Tabitha Morton

Tabitha Morton

Tabitha’s early career was spent in training and recruitment in Liverpool before making the move into the construction industry. This led her to work for a global manufacturer for over 15 years in business development, operations and product development.

Joining the Women's Equality Party as a founding member in 2015 she combined her passion for equality and politics running for Liverpool City Region (LCR) Mayor in 2017. Tabitha is currently writing the LCR strategy to end violence against women and girls with the combined authority Mayor and Police Crime Commissioner whilst working as a project director for a campaigning organisation.

Sally Sudworth

Sally Sudworth

Sally is leading the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Sustainability 2020 Plan for the Environment Agency with a focus on managing waste, water and carbon for all construction, maintenance and operational activities. She is National Programme Manager for asset management looking at modernising our systems and using data and information in a dynamic more accessible way.

Sally is also a director for Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) which delivers life changing sustainable community projects in sub-Sahara Africa. This engineering charity provides challenging opportunities for our young construction professionals to volunteer to gain valuable experience to help them with their training to become professionally qualified. She has recently returned from working in Uganda undertaking post project reviews. Sally is a chartered engineer, a chartered environmentalist, a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a fellow and trustee of the Women’s Engineering Society and a member of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management.

Dr Katherine Linehan

Katherine Lineham

Dr Katherine Linehan has worked for the University of Sheffield for 15 years. She specialises in teaching Human Anatomy and has established a range of innovative courses designed to catch the students' imagination!

Most recently she developed an open access online learning course 'Finding Mr X' which is based around a real life murder case in Sheffield. Katherine has won a number of prizes for her curriculum development and her work designing 'inclusive classrooms'. In addition to her role as Head of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Science, she was recently appointed as the Faculty of Science Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

In the afternoon, guests are invited to come along to one of four workshops, each of which are based on this year’s theme and chosen by staff at both universities:

  • Leading when not in a ‘leadership’ role
  • How to get and make the most out of a mentor, coach or supporter
  • Creating your career action plan
  • Resilience in the workplace: how universities can support

The event is now fully booked.