Women in Leadership Conference 2016

Wednesday 23-09-2015 - 12:32

We’re pleased to announce details for the our Women in Leadership Conference 2016, which takes place in Sheffield in January, and how you can book your place today!

NUS recognises that there is a lack of women in leadership roles throughout society, and that despite the fact women are overrepresented in the student movement itself, when it comes to positions of power and steering the movement, women fair less.

This is especially true of women from liberation backgrounds. Which is why we are committed to recognising intersectionality in our programme of work to improve the representation of women in leadership roles.

Our Women In Leadership Conference takes place at Holiday Inn Sheffield​ on 26 January 2016 and will strive to enable members from the student movement to understand the importance of women’s leadership and provide tools for women officers and staff to enable them to reach their full leadership potential.

Registration for the conference is now open, and you can book your place here

What delegates can expect

This conference has been designed as an unrivalled opportunity to network with like-minded women that will give you the chance and space to:

  • Explore the importance of women’s leadership in the student movement
  • Hear from an inspiring keynote speaker Laura Bates
  • Develop leadership skills through a range of workshops
  • Provide strategies to overcome barriers for women in leadership

The conference will also offer a choice of intersectional networking sessions – paying consideration to delegates with multiple identities – allowing delegates to meet and network with other women with a shared identity and discuss ideas, challenges and solutions to common concerns.

There will also be an opportunity for delegates to attend three practical knowledge-sharing sessions, exploring the following themes:

  • How to build successful networks
  • Healthy productivity
  • Women and elections 
  • Understanding your leader identity
  • Tackling lad culture
  • Courageous conversations 
  • Intersectional feminism

We’re delighted to announce that acclaimed feminist writer Laura Bates will deliver the keynote speech at the event.

Laura authored Everyday Sexism in 2014 and writes regularly for the Guardian, and Independent. Her work has appeared in Grazia, TIME, Red Magazine, the Financial Times and the New Statesman among others. Laura also founded the The Everyday Sexism Project - an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality by women around the world.

At this year’s British Press Awards, she received the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism award. Laura has previously collaborated with us for our #ReclaimYourCampus campaign and we look forward to welcoming her back for this event.

For further information about our Women In Leadership 2016 conference, please contact NUS Equality & Diversity Consultant, Mandeep Rupra-Daine -



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