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Inspiring women at Loughborough: Guest speakers describe their paths through academia

An event aimed at inspiring women to succeed will focus in the careers of four Loughborough academics.

Inspiring Women at Loughborough takes place at Loughborough University’s James France Building, on Wednesday, October 11, between 1pm and 3pm.

It will feature talks from four Loughborough academics and will include personal and inspirational accounts of their career journeys since being a doctoral researcher.

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There is no ‘cookie cutter’ for successful women, said Professor Jacqui Glass, who will describe her own path through construction.

She is one of the speakers at Wednesday’s event, which also supports the University’s Athena SWAN endeavours.

“I love construction, I love cranes and I love concrete,” said Prof Glass.

“So that’s what I teach and research.

“There is no ‘cookie-cutter’ for successful women in academia, but if you are creative, passionate and dedicated you will certainly be on the correct track.”

Her talk will look at the projects she has been involved in such as the Action Programme for Responsible and Ethical Sourcing (APRES), which addresses industry issues such as modern slavery.

The event is open to all doctoral researchers and research staff.

The other guest speakers are:

Event organiser, on behalf of the Doctoral College, Dr Katryna Kalawsky said the event was important to all early career researchers at Loughborough.

She said: “Data consistency shows that the first fracture in the academic ‘leaky pipeline’ for females has a tendency to be at the doctoral researcher and research staff juncture.

“Therefore, by exposing our researchers to leading female academics at Loughborough and hearing their personal accounts of their career journeys since being researchers themselves it is hoped to inspire the next generation of academics.”

For more information visit the Loughborough University website.