International Women's Day 2019

Friday 8th March 2019

International Women's Day 2019 will celebrate the achievements of women across the university in teaching, research, professional services and student roles, with a spotlight session highlighting inspirational stories from students and staff.  We will also explore how the university has supported greater gender equality through initiatives such as the AdvanceHE Aurora Leadership Programme.  The programme will also explore the gender pay gap and we will hear from colleagues at Swansea University on how a panel of senior women supporting institution decisions has helped to close their institution pay gap. 

In the afternoon our keynote speaker Dr Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) will present a session on her own experience of working in educational technology.  Following Dr Deepwell's session Deborah Halliday, fourth-year Geography student at the university will talk about the importance of women working in the rural sector and her own interests and experiences in this area.  We will end the day with an inspirational story from Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Lews Castle College UHI.  As a recent winner of Hands up for Trad music tutor of the year award, Anna-Wendy will talk about how music has inspired her teaching career and provide us with the opportunity to listen to her music.

Finally there will be an opportunity to network following the close of programme.

A draft programme is provided below.  Places for participation in person are now full but we are keeping a waiting list, please email to add your name to the list.  Remote attendance is also available, please email to book a place.


International Women's Day: Inverness College UHI, Drama Studio

09:00 - 09:30 - Registration and coffee

09:30 - 09:40 - Welcome and introducing the day

09:40 - 10:20 - Opening the programme: Dr Susan Engstrand, interim dean of the faculty of science, health and engineering, University of the Highland and Islands

10:20 - 10:40 - Our Inspirational Women

10:40 - 11:00 - Tea/Coffee Networking

11:00 - 11:50 - Keynote: Athena Swan at Swansea University: Tackling the Gender Pay Gap: Professor Diane Kelly and Professor Joy Merrell, Swansea University.

11:50 - 12:20 - Student Inspirational Story: Terri-Jane White

12:20 - 13:10 - Networking Lunch

13:10 - 14:00 - Keynote: : Promoting Equality: from professional practice and organisational culture to personal commitment. Maren Deepwell: Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and Martin Hawksey: innovation, community engagement and technology (ALT).

14:00 - 14:45 - Hearing from our Aurorans: In 2018/19 10 colleagues from across the partnership took part in the AdvanceHE leadership Aurora programme.  Hear their experiences and take part in a practical exercise exploring personal approaches to leadership.

14:45 - 15:15 -Women working in the Rural Sector: Deborah Halliday, fourth-year Geography student, will talk about her own experiences and importance of women in rural work placements.

15:15 - 15:30 - Coffee

15:30 - 16:15 - Staff Inspiration Story: Music and Teaching.  Join Anna-Wendy Stevenson for music and dialogue and be prepared to be inspired!

16:15 - 16:30 - Close

16:30 - 18:30 - Canapés, refreshments and networking


A contribution to travel for those travelling from outwith Inverness will be made available.


Please email Alex Walker at for questions/queries.