Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham have come together to celebrate International Woman’s Day. Still only a quarter of professors are women.

Rashmi Patel – Head of HR Operations, Nottingham Trent University

 “I think it starts with raising the profile of gender equality making sure people understand what we are trying to achieve here.”   RASHMI PATEL


Rashmi Patel said:”In the work place i think we have got flexible work practices, we have  acknowledgement of people’s work life balance there commitments, policies and processes. We work in different ways, we work in multi-generational ways so there are different expectations around that but again is more to do.”

Rashmi Patel – Head of HR Operations, Nottingham Trent University

Speakers at this collaboration shared personal experiences and anecdotes of inequality and hardship from within Academia and their chosen industries.They also discussed ways in which we can increase gender equality.

A panel discussion of colleagues from both universities discussed balancing life at work and family.

Speakers at the event included

  • Dr Marcia Wilson – Acting Executive Dean: College of Applied Health and Communities, Head of School: Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London
  • Rashmi Patel – Head of HR Operations, Nottingham Trent University
  • Margaret Monckton – Chief Financial Officer, University of Nottingham

International Women’s day has been celebrated every year on the 8th March since 1911. It is a day celebrating the social, economic and political achievements of women. The day is also used to teach people about the importance of gender equality.”


Newton and Arkright Building Nottingham Trent University 

  •  In the UK, 22% of professors were women in 2013-14, compared to 15% in 2003-04.
  •  In the EU, the proportion of female researchers has been growing 5.1% annually over 2002-09, compared to 3.3% annually for men.
  • 1.1% of senior managers in higher education and 1.4% of professors in the UK are black and minority ethnic women.
  • One in five professors in the UK is female.
  • Just 20% of vice-chancellors in the UK are female.                      Credit: theguardian.