International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Our commitment to equality is at the heart of what we do at the University of South Wales. Working through an intersectional lens, we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment, where equality is advanced, and diversity is valued. Taking inspiration from our students and our community we are tackling stigmas and removing barriers. We will achieve this through a shared sense of belonging and co-production as a USW family.

USW holds the Athena Swan bronze award, recognising our approach to eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all colleagues. The USW Women in Academia network was set up in 2014 to raise the profile of gender issues for female academics at USW. The network aims to tackle the challenges facing female academics, facilitate supportive relationships and to share best practice and celebrate achievements.

On 1 April 2024, USW will publish its new Strategic Equality Plan for 2024-28, where we will see transformation change in our approach to eradicating inequalities by taking a whole University approach and placing EDI at the heart of what we do.

By strengthening our EDI governance structures, we will place Gender Identity and the progression of Athena Swan as a priority through our pan-University Gender Identity Equality Sub-Group, chaired by our HR Director, with direct reporting into the University’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group.

We hope to move from words on a page to active actions that make real changes to the lives of our students, colleagues, and communities, as we strive towards equity for all.


We have spoken to members of our USW Family to learn more about what it’s like to be a woman working within their various fields. 

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Women have fundamentally different experiences to men in business. Research shows that women who start and grow a business face more barriers around access to finance, disproportionate caring responsibilities, and different levels of access to networks.