University marks International Women’s Day

Students and staff from the University of Bedfordshire are getting ready to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (8th March 2022) – an annual event dedicated to the recognition of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe.

The theme of this year’s celebration is #BreakTheBias – a global call to tackle discrimination, bias and stereotypes.

Bedfordshire is holding multiple events to mark International Women’s Day and its 2022 theme, including a ‘STEM Inspire Day’ hosted by the School of Computer Science & Technology and the University’s Access & Outreach team on 8th March. Up to forty Year 9 students from Denbigh High School will be attending the all-day event, where they will get to learn more about the University’s STEM opportunities and take part in some interactive STEM activities.

The University – in partnership with Beds SU and Enterprise Rent-a-Car – will also be hosting a virtual International Women’s Day Conference on Thursday 10th March (1.55-4pm), featuring speakers from various sectors, including a former Vice-President of Citibank and Merrill Lynch International, the CEO of Active Luton and the Assistant Vice President of UK & Ireland Enterprise. These guests will all be discussing how they have ‘broken the bias’ and offer advice on how to create a more inclusive environment for the workplace. To join, simply click on the Teams invite link here.

The University of Bedfordshire is not short of inspirational female role models within its staff and student community.  Here, some female academics reflect on this year’s #BreakTheBias theme…

As part of the local community’s celebrations, Dr Joan Bailey MBE was interviewed for a special International Women’s Day episode of The Mall’s podcast series, Luton Life. This episode celebrates inspirational women from the town. Listen to Dr Bailey’s interview via Podbean or Apple Podcasts.

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