International Women’s Day, observed since 1909, is a global celebration of respect, appreciation and recognition of women’s economic, political, and social achievements, while continuing to call for greater equality.

Sheffield Hallam plays an active part in recognising and promoting this day. In 2015 a number of activities and initiatives took place, one of which was identifying and celebrating our inspirational female staff and students.  Senior leaders, peers and colleagues were invited to nominate women who had inspired them or others. Over 30 individuals were recognised and 23 profiles were published on our dedicated Celebrating IWD webpage.

If you know someone who has triumphed despite life’s obstacles, achieved challenging goals (either within or outside the workplace), is recognised by others as a role model, has inspired/motivated others, is an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.

◾For staff nominations please complete the staff profile template and send to Katie Leeman –

◾For student nominations please completed the student profile template and send to Kayleigh Gray –

The closing date for entries is: Midday, Monday 25 January


In May our International Officer proposed a motion on the big ride campaign which was raising funds and awareness of the plight of children in the area MECA.

The Big Ride took place between 1-9 August with riders cycling from Edinburgh to London.   Redspokes sponsored the event which was supported by the TUC, Trade union branches and various community groups.

Ciaran Wakefield participated in the ride and collected sponsorship of which our branch donated £100.

.Read Ciaran’s journey.

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Precarious lives: refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of forced labour

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of Precarious Lives, a report about refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of forced labour in England.

We are especially pleased that Klara Skřivánková, Trafficking Programme Coordinator at Anti-Slavery International, Beryl Randall, Manager of the Employability Forum and Lisa Doyle, Advocacy and Influencing Manager at the Refugee Council will join us to be part of a panel to respond to the findings.

We will also hear about the launch of the Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum which will bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to take forward the research findings to develop strategies to tackle forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers.

The event is a chance to hear about the research findings and recommendations.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance by email to Hannah Lewis by Wednesday 26th June.

We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd July, 3-5pm, Hurley House, 1 Dewsbury Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS11 5DQ.

Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson, Hannah Lewis and Louise Waite

Precarious Lives research team

Put pressure on GAP and Debenhams to sign accord

The needless deaths of over 1,100 Bangladeshi workers in the Rana Plaza disaster have thrown the spotlight onto UK clothing companies. They need to ensure people making their clothes are able to do so in safety and dignity.

IndustriALL, the global union for garment workers, and UNI-global, representing retail workers, have developed an Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

Over 30 major retailers have signed the Accord, including H&M, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Next, Primark and Tesco. However, a number of High Street brands who manufacture in Bangladesh still haven’t signed. Prominent amongst these are Debenhams and GAP.

Please take a few moments to send an email via the Going to Work website, urging these companies to sign up.