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Professor Craig Mahoney  - Inspiring Women Lecture Series Overview

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, UWS reviews the Inspiring Women Lecture Series

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.


Dame Barbara Kelly

Dame Barbara Kelly

Convener of the Crichton Foundation, Chair of D&G Arts Festival

The Inspiring Women programme does more than just lecture, it provides an opportunity for success to be celebrated, for leadership to be encouraged and guidance to be offered. It gives attendees the chance to hear different versions of success, to be challenged by the shape leadership can take and to be open to guidance. It is an important and engaging series, and I am delighted to be counted among the UWS Inspiring Women.

Lecture Series Sponsor

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.

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Inspiring Women: Celebration Event 2019

Wed 5 June 2019

Find out more about our season-ending celebration event for 2019/20. The day long event will play host to four truly inspirational keynote speakers and allow plenty of networking opportunities.

Find out more

Previous Inspiring Women Lectures

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:

Inspiring Women 2019

  • Professor Sheila Rowan (13 February 2019)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women 2018

  • Shona McCarthy (26 November 2018)
  • Jilli Blackwood (27th September 2018)
  • Vicky Gumly (Celebration Event 17th May 2018)
  • Ann Moulds (Celebration Event 17th  May 2018)
  • Corinne Hutton (Celebration Event 17th May 2018)
  • Brenda Grimes (21st February 2018)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women 2017

  • Professor Shan Wareing - (Celebratory Event June 2017)
  • Rebecca Stinson - (Celebratory Event June 2017)
  • Poonam Gupta OBE - (Celebratory Event June 2017)
  • Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE (March 2017)
  • Baroness Sue Campbell CBE (January 2017)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women 2016

  • Amina Nabi (October 2016)
  • Dominika Zurawska (August  2016)
  • Professor Jean Rankin (Celebratory Event June 2016)
  • Alisoun Mackenzie (Celebratory Event June 2016)
  • Dr Waiyin Hatton (Celebratory Event June 2016)
  • Professor Lesley Yellowless CBE (February 2016)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women 2015

  • Professor Barbara Parfitt CBE (October 2015)
  • Coreen McCubbin – Celebratory Event June 2015
  • Liz Cameron OBE – Celebratory Event June 2015
  • Gillian Berrie –Celebratory Event June 2015
  • Dame Barbara Kelly DBE (May D2BD Festival)
  • Becci Wallace (May 2015 D2BD Festival)
  • Elaine C Smith (May 2015 D2BD Festival)
  • Liz Bingham OBE (April 2015)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women 2014

  • Suzie Sharpe (September 2014)
  • Lia Ditton (November 2014)
  • Isobel Rutter (June 2014)
  • Abi Player (May and December 2014)


View Inspiring Women YouTube Playlist

Inspiring Women Lecture Series Nomination Form

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If you have a suggestion for a future Inspiring Women / UWS Inspires event please complete this short proforma and return to the email address provided.

Download Nomination Form (.docx)
Last updated: 21/08/2018