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

Date: Saturday 12th  May 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. 

Here is a taster of what to expect on the day...........

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.

An open discussion ‘How can women progress in a world of double standards?’ with Sarah Craggs and Louise Hunter, Northumbrian Water, Director of Coporate Affairs.

Art session with the Hatton Gallery

Workshops/sessions including:

Professor Karen Ross 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.

Sam Cooke - Feminist Public Speaking & Debating Skills

Discuss what it means to be a “good speaker”. Why are certain types of people “better speakers” than others? Are these conceptions of speaking well compatible with a feminist viewpoint? You will also gain some practical, inclusive ways to feel more confident and prepared when speaking or debating in public.   


To register for a free space, please complete the form  (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.