Celebrating Women of Achievement

Entries are now being accepted for awards recognising the significant contribution and impact women at Leeds are making across our institution and beyond, academically or professionally.

Women of Achievement Awards 2018 winners

Winners of the Women of Achievement Awards 2018

Colleagues are invited to submit nominations for our Women of Achievement Awards 2020.

The awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate women who share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, international strategies, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

These achievements may have occurred within the University, in the higher education sector, in related industries or in professional specialisms, enhancing our reputation, culture or capability. The above criteria are not exhaustive, and colleagues are encouraged to make nominations for other outstanding achievements they believe deserve recognition. 

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, said: “The Women of Achievement Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the important work undertaken by women across the University.

“Over the past 12 months, women in Leeds have shown incredible resilience and dedication to their profession in difficult circumstances, and I’m proud to lead an organisation filled with so many inspiring women.

“Please support the Awards by nominating a colleague, to see their hard work and achievements recognised.”

Gender equality

The awards are a key part of our Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide highly visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 colleagues were recognised in the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff drawn from across campus.

This is the sixth instalment of the awards, and will culminate in March 2021 with a special ceremony to coincide with International Women’s Day.

How to nominate

Please contact the Equality Policy Unit for a nomination form and full details of entry criteria. Completed forms should be submitted by Friday 22 January.

Please note, you cannot nominate colleagues:

  • employed by external organisations, such as LUU, Bright Beginnings or Unipol; or
  • who have already been a Women of Achievement finalist, unless they have gone on to attain higher awards or achievements. A full list of past finalists is available on the Equality Policy Unit website.

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