Swansea University inspires women for International Women’s Day

Swansea University is celebrating International Women’s Day this year by showcasing the range of successful and inspiring women that have worked, studied and supported Swansea University both past and present.

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March as a mark of respect and appreciation of women and gender equality.

Throughout the month of March, the University will highlight 56 inspiring women including Mary Williams who became the first woman to be appointed to an established Chair at a UK university when she became Professor of French Language and Literature at Swansea University in 1921. 

Other inspiring women to be featured will include Siwan Davies, Professor of Geographyat Swansea University and Professor Hilary Lappin Scott, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University (since 2010) covering Strategic Development and External Relations and the first female on the senior team in the nearly 100 year history.

Professor Lappin-Scott said:  “Swansea University is proud to be showcasing our talented individuals through the Inspiring Women initiative.

“I am fully supportive of this exciting initiative, which is part of our International Women’s Day 2015 celebrations and is helping to promote women studying and working at Swansea University.”

The University will be hosting various other events to celebrate International Women’s Day including the launch of the Mary Williams Award 2015 which invites nominations from all staff at the University who have contributed to the University’s culture and community, and talks throughout the week given by eminent women including Professor Laura McAllister (Chair of Sport Wales) and a presentation from Christine Watson, winner of the Mary Williams Award 2014.

Swansea University’s inspiring women will be featured on the University’s home page banner throughout the month of March.