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This March the University of Wolverhampton is celebrating International Women's Month. As a University, we are committed to confronting in sexism in all its forms, by creating a campus community that is safe and inclusive for all people, regardless of gender. Throughout the month we will be both celebrating the unique contributions that women make within the University and in wider society, but also explore what we can do to better confront the unique challenges women face. We will also be working on our new application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, so identify the steps we need to take to ensure that a person's gender does not stop somebody from fulfilling their full potential.   

Film Screening: Zero Dark Thirty

Wednesday 6th March 2019, 5.30pm

Millennium City Building, MC001

Join us for a talk with Reader in Screen Studies Fran Pheasant Kelly, followed by a screening of Zero Dark Thirty, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the first women to win an Oscar for Best Director

Representation/Revolution: A Conversation 

Friday 8th March, 1pm to 2.30pm

Wolverhampton School of Art, MK045

What does representation mean to us as individuals and communities we live, work and share? What change do we want to see? And how do we go about getting our voices heard?

Join us on Friday the 8th of March when the Wolverhampton School of Art will host a series of short talks and a panel discussion to address current political and personal challenges facing women today from a range of creative perspectives. Artists, activists, writers and researchers will come together to consider experiences of speaking up, speaking out, and stories of how change can come about through different approaches and models for working together.


Fiona Hackney (Professor in Fashion and Textiles, University of Wolverhampton), Jo Capper (Artist/Curator, Grand Union), Jade French (Researcher, University of London), Annika Spalding (Writer), Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Director, CEAL)

This event is supporting The Haven Wolverhampton

There will be drinks and cakes available to buy, along with a limited edition print by illustrator Laura Brookes, commissioned by the School of Art. All proceeds will go towards The Haven.

"Opportunities in STEM for Girls: Take Action for the Girl"

This event is for 120 Primary School girls in year 5 and 6 to raise their aspirations of STEM and engage girls in Physics, Maths and STEM activities in a fun and exciting way. Parents/guardians, STEM Leaders and teachers are all invited to this amazing event. The girls will be encouraged to continue the fun at home with their family with a take home activity. Activities will include a campus tour, a puppet show from Ellie the Electron, tour of an Art Exhibition, participating in a book signing, and other interactive activities. 

This event is SOLD OUT. 

The Law School is hosting an exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of women being able to practice law in the UK, with an exhibition in the Mary Seacole Building. The exhibition is open to be viewed at any time. 

In this first lecture on International Women’s day, the Faculty of Health, Education and Wellbeing welcome Professor Tracey Devonport. Tracey is a Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science at University of Wolverhampton. Her work on coping, emotional eating and applying interventions across contexts has not only been highly published but helpful with hundreds of athletes and students. 

The wide appeal of this talk is that in day-to-day life we all experience stress! This results from the ongoing (and sometimes competing) demands of relationships, work, study, or other interests; and the critical moments of intense pressure they can produce. Throughout this talk Professor Devonport provides practical recommendations for enhanced coping based on research evidence. This is informed by her applied research exploring stress and coping in the contexts of sport and education. Split into three parts, she first examines what stress and coping is, then having illustrated coping interventions, she concludes by highlighting future challenges for coping research and applied work.

Tracey Devonport is Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wolverhampton. She has produced over 60 journal publications examining stress, coping and emotion regulation and two edited books. In 2015 she was made a fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) for contributions to the sport sciences and BASES (FBASES). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She has over 20 years applied experience as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist; and is a BASES accredited sport scientist and HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist. Tracey currently leads the Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance.

To book your place on Professor's Devonport's talk, and for more information about other inaugural lectures, please visit 

On Wednesday 6 March in Birmingham’s Custard Factory from 10am, the Faculty of Arts, in association with the West Midlands Women’s Voice, is hosting 'In Conversation With Dr Helen Pankhurst' as part of the Hear Her Song project. 

Helen is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia. She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at MMU. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, and was involved in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Her book ‘Deeds Not Words - The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now’, has been described as an engaging social history but also an activist’s lens looking forward. 

Other conversations include… 

Worldwide, lenses will be on the West Midlands through the Commonwealth Games and Coventry City of Culture. See sport, arts and culture through the voice and eyes of women. The full day runs from 10 am to 4 pm but the tickets divide the day into 3 parts. Please feel free to get all 3 if you can come to the whole day. Attendance is open to women and men for all or any part of the day. Attendance at the event is FREE OF CHARGE. 


Challenging roles for women in the Uniform Services and delivering better outcomes (10am to 10.35am) 

Security on both the National stage and the International stage is vital for UK plc to prosper and for global events to be successful. Members of the Uniform Services will discuss the enhanced role of women. Participants: The Army, The Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force, and West Midlands Police. 

Sport –Shifting the Culture (10.50am to 11.30am) 

Three elite sportswomen will tell of their inspiring journey. A panel of UK leading sports bodies and clubs will discuss what is to be achieved to set West Midlands apart as a record-breaking destination for inclusive sport. Participants: University of Wolverhampton, Wasps, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, CWG, British Athletics.

Music and Arts – Changing Communities (11.30am to 12pm) 

From performing arts to literacy, the impact can be life-changing. The panel will talk about programs that have lasting impacts globally and the need for a legacy to be built in up front. Participants: Coventry City of Culture, Little Bird, University of Wolverhampton, Women in Jazz.

(12pm to 12.30pm) 

Lunch & live music from Women in Jazz (Town Hall Symphony Hall) and UN Program #HearHerSong (University of Wolverhampton) 

(12.30pm to 2pm)

Keynote from Dr Helen Pankhurst followed by a panel debate 

Panel to be chaired by Andy Street. Including Dr Helen Pankhurst, Sam Smethers (CEO of Fawcett Society) and a number of local politicians. 

There will be several workshops afterwards. You can book your place at