Thank you for your interest in our Inspiring Women Lecture Series. I am passionate about equality in all its forms and developed this Series to initially provide a platform of support and inspiration for female staff and students at the University of the West of Scotland. Since its launch in 2013, the programme has grown and developed to become a unique brand within the organisation. Having hosted over 25 speakers across many events, it has become hugely successful, has been shortlisted for awards and is now recognised well beyond the boundaries of UWS. I am very proud of its positive and enabling impact and would encourage you to attend - and be inspired so that you too can inspire others!Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, UWS
The Inspiring Women lecture series forms part of the commitment to staff and students alike to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research.
UWS has 4 Scottish Campuses, and one in London. We have some 17,000 students (c.60% female) and some 1,500 staff (c.55% female). In addition, a high percentage of our students are 'first in family' to achieve their degree, and we have a proud tradition of embracing the widening access ethos, helping to break down the barriers to education that can seem so entrenched when coming from a SIMD20/40 background.
The Inspiring Women Lecture Series was developed to provide an opportunity for staff, students and members of the public to hear from women who have been successful within their field, be that within science, arts, humanities, business or other areas. The diverse range of speakers has encouraged engagement and discussion, and the series is now a regular and important feature in the University events calendar.
Textile Designer & Artist
the Inspiring Women event was a unique opportunity to celebrate the textile industry within Renfrewshire, to shout about the women who made it successful, and to explore the skills and expertise still within the industry. UWS have enabled discussion and generated conversation which continues to promote and indeed inspire women of all ages. It was fantastic to be a part of such a fun and creative day.
akp Scotland Limited is the proud sponsor of the 2018/19 UWS Inspiring Women Lecture Series.
For nearly 30 years akp, as a principal contractor with ‘Building Pride’ at its heart, has helped transform lives through innovative fit out and refurbishment and spectacular new build.
Our role in the delivery of UWS’s game changing £110m new Lanarkshire campus is only one example of the skill and talent found in akp.
This year akp were announced as winner of the Fit Out of Workplace category at the 2018 British Council for Offices Regional Awards and are a contender for a National Award.
Visit our website for more information about akp Scotland Limited or to get in touch to explore how we can help with your project.Visit akp website
There are a number of planned lectures as part of the Inspiring Women Lecture Series (#UWSInspiringWomen). Details of these for 2018-19 are below:
Monday 26 November 2018 – Shona McCarthy – CEO of Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
Edinburgh is famous for its Castle, its Royal Mile and the world’s biggest annual arts event – the Fringe Festival. As CEO of this world renowned cultural behemoth Shona McCarthy brings an exceptional breadth of experience in the cultural sector and an understanding of the transformative power art can have on people.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 – Professor Sheila Rowan – Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
As Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Professor Rowan is responsible for informing policy development to benefit the economy, people and environment of Scotland. Sheila works closely various bodies to advise the Scottish Government across all areas of its work.
Wednesday 5 June 2019 – Celebration Event
Join us for our annual Inspiring Women Celebration Event. Details to follow.
Our Inspiring Women are a vibrant and varied range of speakers. View the list of speakers that have participated in our series and use the links to check our our YouTube playlist: