Durham University Women in Leadership Panel

When: March 9 2020

Where: Durham, United Kingdom


This year Durham University students hope to bring the message of International Women's Day to their community.

They want to make Durham University a beacon of student female empowerment and help women achieve their dreams in their careers and in life.

On Monday 9 March 2020 a team of student leaders are hosting a panel of Durham alumni and influential women.

Through this panel, they will create a set of aims and values to outline their goals for women in leadership who come through Durham University.

This year the theme for IWD is #EachforEqual, focusing on the importance of the individual to make change as part of a wider community fighting for equality for all.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, whilst also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

This IWD, these students hope to highlight the achievements of all women, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.


1. Networking reception: 5pm-6pm (Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's)

You will get a chance to talk to the panelists in person to discuss the issues women face. There will be several student societies who will raise awareness of how they champion women's issues.  A drinks reception will be provided.

2. Panel discussion, Q&A: 6pm-7:30pm (TLC 033)

Arrive at the Teaching and Learning Centre for a panel discussion. The women panelists will talk about what this IWD means to them, and discuss the theme #EachForEqual. The discussion will then be opened up to audience members with a round of Q&A.

3. Breakout session: 7.30-8.30pm (TLC)

The invitees will hold small seminar style breakout sessions with more in-depth discussion and open debate, until about 8.30pm.


Caroline Styan, Marketing Co-Ordinator

"As a first generation scholar, I have noticed the growing female leadership in the professional environment. Being mentored by women in these positions has given me the opportunity to push my own leadership. I have been fortunate to watch the growth of female equality in the sport I play (rugby), but this should be expanded much wider."

Katie Vause, Events Co-Ordinator

"I was only too excited by the chance to help create the first ever Durham University International Women’s Day panel, celebrating the successes and achievements of women across and beyond our University. I believe it is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a crucial discussion regarding equality,
one that I feel extremely passionate about as a young woman in 2020."

Ola Kozlowska, Events Co-Ordinator

"This event is a fantastic way for us to celebrate so many wonderful women. As an aspiring lawyer, I believe women should beencouraged to speak, advocate and surpass expectations. Hopefully, this event will inspire more women to pursue positions of influence. In the words of Alexandra Burke: ‘We can do it even better in broken heels!’"

Rory Leventhorpe, Speaker Secretary

"I'm from a single parent background and for years I have seen my mum battle inequality in the workplace. Her ability to support three children whilst moving up the business ladder is inspirational. Gender equality is so important, and with movements such as #HeforShe being so prevalent, it is a privilege to work alongside such inspirational women."

RSVP if you'd like to attend this panel. Open to both University students and the local community.

Please get in touch with durham.leader@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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