Apologies but due to severe weather forecasts this event has been postponed unitl 12th May

NUSU brings you our annual FREE 'Inspiring Women' Conference, which is open to everyone!

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018, Venue Students' Union L-2.

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM (Registration from 9:30AM)

Price: Free including lunch

#PRESSFORPROGRESS : A free conference dedicated to empowering women in reaching their full potential

Keynote speaker : Writer, journalist and broadcaster, Rebecca Reid

Rebecca is a journalist & writer. She is a columnist for the Telegraph's women's section, as well as contributing to a wide variety of publications from Marie Claire to Metro.co.uk, The Guardian, the iPaper, Indy100, The New Statesman and many more. She also does regular broadcast work for Sky News , Channel 5 News, This Morning, Good Morning Britain and has appeared on radio shows such as Women's Hour, LBC, BBC Radio. Her first novel is released next year. 

Should we be worried about our gender when it comes to working in the press - do we have any kind of responsibility to fellow women, or should we just be worried about getting ahead. Further to that question, how much of an impact does the work of female journalists, writers and broadcasters really have on the way that women are viewed and treated in society? 

Why are women currently treated so badly by mainstream publications? Why are there so few female news editors? Why is the Daily Mail's side bar of shame one of the world's most popular websites? 

The talk will address how you can get into working in the media, what responsibilities we as feminists have when working in the media, the ways in which journalism can be a hostile environment for women to work in, and why ultimately women in the media have the privilege of being able to affect genuine change. 


and Chi Onwurah MP

Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science & Innovation.

From Sept 2015-October 2016 Chi was Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy. From Jan 2013 - Sept 2015 Chi was Shadow Cabinet Office Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency. From Oct 2010 – Jan 2013 Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.

Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.

Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS.  She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France

Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school’s ‘MP’ in mock elections aged 17.


  • Open discussion ‘How can women progress in a world of double standards?’
  • Art session
  • Workshops/sessions including 

Professor Karen Ross 

Gender, politics, news: a game of three sides

Gender, politics, news: a game of three sides

Karen’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of gender and media, with a particular focus on gender, politics and news. She will talk about the ways in which women politicians have always had a tricky relationship with mainstream media, arguing that the current framing of contemporary politicians such as Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon and Jacinda Ardern suggests that they continue to be framed as sexed bodies despite their political accomplishments and status.

Helen Kelly EY

You and Your Strengths

Research has proved that diverse teams are the most high preforming. This is why EY have decided to recruit based on your strengths rather than your experience. Everyone has different strengths and we like to celebrate them. This workshop will help you to understand the part that your strengths play in your personal brand and help you learn how to demonstrate them during the job hunting process

Full Programme Coming Soon

To register for a free space, please complete the form below (please note this is used to confirm your requirements)

Please note that some of the content will not be suitable for under 16's. Please get in touch with any queries.

This amazing project and is entirely funded by community kindness. Bring along a donation of menstrual care products (tampons, towels) to be donated to local schools for girls who need them.