The University of Suffolk hosted ‘Liberate and Educate: Inspirational Women’- a day focused on encouraging and empowering females to undertake careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
120 Year 10 female students visited the University on 26 April to hear talks and to undertake workshops aimed at developing resilience, positive relationships and confidence.
The keynote was delivered by Sandy Ruddock from Scarlet and Mustard, the multi-award-winning company providing sweet and savoury condiments.
The day had been organised by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach’s Take Your Place, which aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore higher education options.
Event organisers Daniella Lord and Aimee Hayes Higher Education Champions for the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, said, “A carousel of workshops ran throughout the day to inspire, liberate and educate students. Year 10 females heard from women in careers that are traditionally dominated by males. We held a mixture of academic and skills-based workshops which focused on pathways into STEM based subjects like computer science and bioscience, as well as powerful females in sport and engineering. We also delivered sessions on building healthy relationships, confidence and resilience, topics which are very current to girls in this generation.’
Schools in attendance included Chantry High School, Felixstowe Academy, Ipswich Academy, Westbourne Academy, Stowmarket High School, East Bergholt High School, Stowupland High School and Copleston High School.
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