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Liberate and Educate

9 Mar 2020 2:15PM

The University is preparing to host its second ‘Liberate and Educate: Inspirational Women’ conference.

The day is focused on encouraging and empowering young women to fulfil their potential, including entering traditionally male-dominated professions.

Following last year's hugely successful Liberate and Educate Conference attended by 120 young women from six different secondary schools across Suffolk; 130 Year 10 female students, from eleven secondary schools will be coming to the University on 11 March to hear talks by inspirational women about their journey’s in a ‘man’s world’. The students will also partake in workshops aimed at developing resilience, positive relationships and confidence.

The two keynotes will be delivered by Kirsten Alderson, CEO at Suffolk Family Carers and Professor Emma Bond, Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School at the University of Suffolk, who are both inspirational women from the world of business and education. Kirsten Alderson said “I am delighted to be part of such an aspirational event, empowering young women to realise their potential. Occasions like this are great because they can inspire young women to see the possibilities for their own success, which is so important for all our futures.”  

The day is being organised by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach’s Take Your Place, which aims to help inspire young people from East Anglia with to explore higher education options through one to ones, small group and assemblies.

The Event is being organised by two Higher Education Champions for the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, Daniella Lord and Aimee Hayes.

Aimee, said, “A carousel of workshops will be running throughout the day to inspire, liberate and educate students. Young women will be hearing from women in careers that are traditionally dominated by males. There will be a mixture of academic and skills-based workshops which will focus on pathways into STEM based subjects like engineering, as well as powerful females in sport. We will also be delivering sessions on building healthy relationships, confidence and resilience, topics which are very current to girls in this generation.”

Schools due to attend the event include Felixstowe Academy, Ipswich Academy

Westbourne Academy, Stowmarket High School, St Albans High School, Northgate High School, Samuel Ward Academy, Castle Manor Academy, Benjamin Britten Music Academy, Ormiston Denes Academy, Stoke High School, Holbrook Academy.


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