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University of Hull to host Women in Leadership event featuring inspirational graduates

The University of Hull is set to host an inspirational event focussed on women in leadership this December when four of the University’s most notable female alumni will participate in part in a panel discussion about their path to success and the challenges women face in the workplace – especially as leaders.

The event, which will take place on Monday 3 December, will see Journalist and broadcaster, Dame Jenni Murray DBE; comedian, broadcaster and political commentator, Ayesha Hazarika MBE; Court of Appeal-Lady Justice of Appeal, The Rt Hon Lady Justice Eleanor King DBE; and Artistic Director of the Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham MBE return to the campus for this one-off event.

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, said: “I am looking forward to this event immensely and to hearing these inspirational women talk about their experience of leadership in their diverse careers, the challenges they have faced and what advice they would give to young women entering the workplace now.

“Whilst much progress has been made in recent years, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the workplace.  It will be an absolute pleasure to honour our highly successful alumnae at this event and through them to inspire the next generation of women leaders.”

At the event six newly refurbished lecture theatres in the University’s Larkin building will be named in honour of the four attendees along with journalist, broadcaster, chief executive of Children & the Arts, and Chair of BBC Children in Need, Rosie Millard OBE; and Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, Marianne Elliott OBE. The building was designed by renowned British architect Sir Leslie Martin in 1962 and opened in 1967. The neighbouring Middleton Hall’s Grade II listing was extended to the Larkin Building in 2015 in recognition of the architect’s influence and building’s interior which references the work of celebrated Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

"It will be an absolute pleasure to honour our highly successful alumnae at this event and through them to inspire the next generation of women leaders.” Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull

Ayesha Hazarika MBE said: “As a graduate of the University of Hull, I’m honoured and thrilled that a lecture theatre will have my name as part of a programme to recognise the success of female alumni. I’m also excited to meet the other panellists who have taken such diverse and career paths and achieved so much since leaving the University. Women still face challenges in the workplace and, as a proud feminist, I believe it is important to highlight the accomplishments of women to help break down those prejudices.

“I treasure my time as a student at the University and made friendships that are still strong to this day. Studying law also provided me with an excellent basis for my career in politics and journalism.”

Rosie Millard OBE said: "Being an undergraduate at the University of Hull gave me an enormous sense of my own potential, the confidence to try new things and a capacity to face up to challenges. I have drawn on these strengths throughout my career and they have sustained me while reaching for and achieving roles of leadership.

“I love Hull because I grew into myself while studying in Hull. Hence having the opportunity to lead the Board prior to and during Hull's triumphant time as UK City of Culture, and championing the city during 2017, was an honour and a privilege."

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