Line up announced for Inspire Her Future event

Friday 27-01-2017 - 17:11

On Friday 3 February 2017 we are holding Inspire Her Future an event for women student leaders and aspiring women leaders. Find out more about the speakers at the event below and view the full agenda for the day here.

About the hosts:


Angela Alexander

Angela Alexander is NUS Scotland Women’s Officer, having previously served as Student President at Ayrshire College Students’ Association. Prior to this, Angela studied HND Sports Coaching and Development and HNC Health Care. Angela’s priorities are ensuring that liberation is at the heart of NUS Scotland’s work, and ensuring that college students have a strong voice in NUS Scotland’s women’s campaign.


Shuwanna Aaron

Shuwanna Aaron in NUS Scotland Black Student’s Officer for 2016/17, having previously served as BME Student’s Officer at the University of Edinburgh and President of the African Caribbean Society. She is currently in her final year reading History at the University of Edinburgh where she explores the historical voices of women in Africa, the Caribbean and other communities in the Global South. Shuwanna strives to create platforms for BME students, particularly women, to engage in the struggle for liberation.


Keynote speaker:

Gillian Neish 

Gillian Neish is a trainer and consultant The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes. She encourages people to think beyond the stereotypes that limit both our potential and our relationships with each other and, more importantly, with ourselves.


Leading the women in society panel and group discussions:


Talat Yaqoob

Talat Yaqoob is the Co-founder of Women 5050, the Scotland wide campaign for fair representation for women and she is the Director of Equate Scotland, the national expert on gender and STEM. She has a background in public affairs, training and campaigning and has worked on women’s social justice, further and higher education, international development and mental health. Previously, Talat worked as an external engagement adviser in the Scottish Parliament and as a Training and Development Consultant for a number of third sector organisations.


Maureen McGonigle 

Maureen McGonigle is the founder of Scottish Women in Sport, a national equity charity aiming to increase the profile and raise awareness of women in sport. Executive Administrator of Scottish Women’s Football for over 20 years, and the first female Scottish FA Council and Non-Professional Game Board member. A member of the Board for The School of Social Entrepreneurs, and also Scottish Sports Futures.  Maureen writes a weekly column for The National.


Barbara Melville 

Barbara Melville is a gender and language specialist working with Equate Scotland. She enjoys advising STEM organisations on lawful, practical ways to reach women and increase workplace diversity. She completed a writing Masters and has a background in science journalism, as well as experience leading several arts and sciences collaborations.


Hareem Ghani

Hareem Ghani is the NUS UK Women's Officer. Prior to her election in the NUS, she served as part-time women's officer at King's College London and the Co-president of the Intersectional Feminist Society. She passed policy on free sanitary products and interned with her university to establish anti-harassment policies.


Our workshop hosts:

Alys Mumford

Alys is the Communications and Engagement Manager at Engender, Scotland’s feminist membership organisation. She works with women across Scotland to campaign for women’s equality, organises events, lobbies the Scottish Government, and talks about feminism wherever she can. She is a board member of Women 5050, and involved in local politics.


Claire Heuchan 

An award-winning blogger, Claire writes as Sister Outrider, covering themes such as intersectional feminism, race in the feminist movement, and Black feminist praxis. She is a freelance writer and feminist workshop facilitator – sharing ideas is her passion. In her spare time Claire volunteers for Glasgow Women’s Library and is a member of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival committee. Aside from writing, activism, and getting salty on Twitter @ClaireShrugged Claire researches Black feminists’ use of digital media in activism. Claire is a PhD candidate at the University of Stirling, where she attained her MLitt in Gender Studies.


Talat Yaqoob will also be hosting our Women in Leadership workshop.


Reclaim Black Stories panel members:


Roza Salih 

Roza is one of the original Glasgow Girls, having arrived as a refugee in 2002 from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Roza has campaigned across the UK to stop deportations of vulnerable asylum seekers and challenged the First Minister, receiving high profile media coverage of the issue included an adapted documentary. Roza was Vice President Diversity and Advocacy at the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association. Since leaving University Roza has continued to campaign for the rights of refugees and been heavily involved in the trade union movement and currently working for an MP.


Melissa Owusu 

Melz is the Education Officer at Leeds University Union, she is in her second year of the role. Melz has been highly committed to decolonising spaces across campus; spearheading the Why Is My Curriculum White? campaign and pushing the union to look more critically at its diversity practices. Melz is deeply passionate about intersectional liberation for all marginalised people.


Sarah Nwafor 

Sarah is the founder of She read African Studies at the University of Birmingham, and she currently serves as a committee member in the NUS Black Students' Campaign. She was previously elected as the NUS Mature and Part-Time Student's representative and served on NUS National Executive Council. Sarah is a photographer with a passion for photo-documenting the creative and intellectual presence of the Black African Diaspora in Britain. She has been commissioned by Media Diversified, The Southbank Centre, The African Centre, and the Royal African Society.


Rianna Walcott 

Rianna is a research Masters student at Edinburgh University, studying literature from the black diaspora. She also interns for Linen Press, a publishing press that provides a platform for marginalised women's voices. Rianna writes for The Skinny on contemporary disenfranchisement of people of colour, and along with co-founder Toby Sharpe, will soon launch 'Project Myopia', a website dedicated to diversifying university curriculums through crowdsourcing.


Yasmine Adam 

Yasmine is currently the president of the Strathclyde University Muslim Student Association. Elected into the role in April 2016, she is the first female to ever hold the role. Previously she served as Vice-President of the society. During her as Vice-President she helped found the award winning campaign #ILLSTANDWITHYOU in response to the rise of hate crime. Yasmine is currently in her second year at Strathclyde University, studying law and politics.


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