SHS International Women's Day Event 2021

SHS International Women's Day Event 2021

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The School of Health Sciences invites you to celebrate International Women's Day with us

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This International Women's Day, we will be hosting four fantastic speakers, all at different stages of their careers, who will be talking about their experiences and accomplishments under this year's IWD theme, 'Choose to Challenge'.

Our first keynote speaker (4.10pm) is Dr Heather Williams (Consultant Medical Physicist, The Christie Hospital, Honorary lecturer in SHS) who has recently been awarded an MBE for her work as Director of ScienceGrrl (, whose vision is to pass a love of science onto the next generation.

Two inspiring undergraduate students are also speaking.

Third year Psychology student, and winner of a 2020 Making a Difference Award for ‘Want Not Waste’, the student run zero waste shop on campus, Holly Smith, will be speaking on the subject of "The role of the ordinary woman in sustainability" at 4.40pm

At 4.55pm, we have Ejiro Melkam - a former Biochemist, newly-qualified community midwife, and mentor for young black women who wish to work in music, midwifery or healthcare. Her talk is "The Bumpy Road to Becoming a Midwife, and the Rich Rewards of Serving Your Community".

We are delighted that our closing keynote speaker at 5.10pm will be Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu (Pro-Vice Provost - Africa and The Middle East, Chair in Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, UCL School of Pharmacy), an outstanding scientist with a significant interest in the importance of race equality.

We warmly welcome everyone including University staff, students and alumni, school children and families to Zoom in for this inspirational event to celebrate IWD.


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