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Leading by example: Women at the helm of London’s universities

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With 2018 marking 100 years since British women were first granted the vote, London is celebrating! Parliament Square is to see its first statue of a woman – a life-sized model of suffragist Millicent Fawcett. There are exhibitions, open air events, talks and activities all over London, most free to take part in  – find out all about them at visitlondon.com.

But when it comes to women in leadership, London’s universities are already out in front. Imperial College London is led by Professor Alice Gast, a distinguished chemical engineer, while the London School of Economics has recently appointed Dame Minouche Shafik, who made her name as an economist and banker, as its Director. SOAS’s Director is Baroness Valerie Amos, the first black woman to sit in the British cabinet, and a former UN under-secretary general, with particular expertise in humanitarian affairs.

Brunel University’s Vice Chancellor is Professor Julia Buckingham, who is a pharmacologist by training, while St George’s, University of London, one of the capital’s highly rated medical schools, is led by Professor Jenny Higham. Professor Higham continues to practise as a gynaecologist alongside her role at the university, training the doctors of the future.

But you don’t have to be a scientist to succeed in London: artist and designer Professor Linda Drew heads up Ravensbourne, famous for its work in digital media and virtual reality, while Professor Deborah Swallow is Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London’s celebrated centre for education in the history and conservation of art and architecture. And if fashion’s your passion, Istituto Marangoni’s London school is led by Charlotte Gorse.

London is already a top choice for female students: around 58% of current students are women. The high quality of a London education, the range of subjects available and the sheer variety of things to do will always be London’s key attractions, but the strong contingent of senior female leaders is clearly demonstrating that for London’s female students, there are no limits to ambition.

Follow the Mayor of London 2018 campaign #BehindEveryGreatCity – as he says, “Behind Every Great City is equality, opportunity and progress – regardless of your gender.”

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What not to miss as a new student in London

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Stephanie Limuaco, Senior International Officer at King’s College London, shares her top tips for getting to know the centre of London. Have you arrived in London and are ready to have the best time of your life? We’re ready to welcome you to London with open arms, and universities like King’s College London make it possible […]

Discover London: The City’s Top 10 Free Attractions

As a student at one of London’s universities, you have a wealth of sights and experiences right on your door step. The opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, visiting museums and galleries or attending events and festivals are endless. You might be surprised how much there is to do in London that’s free of charge – and […]

“London is an open-minded city which offered me a lot of opportunities” – Tae Youn Kim, from South Korea

BA Design student Tae Youn Kim moved from South Korea to London to study at Goldsmiths, University of London. Here he shares his experiences of studying in London. Why did you choose to study Design at Goldsmiths, University of London? I attended a British Council study abroad fair in Seoul and talked to many members […]

Imperial students collaborate on important science research

Imperial students collaborate on drug discovery for neglected diseases Gaining ‘real-life experience’ is a top priority for any student deciding on a degree course. At Imperial College London, a new partnership with the research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), is giving students exactly that. DNDi is part of the Open Synthesis Network (OSN), […]

Imperial Festival: A Celebration of Science, Engineering and Creativity

Imperial College London, one of the world’s top universities, will once again host the Imperial Festival on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May at the College’s South Kensington Campus. Flying robots, immersive art and delicious food are just some of the hands-on experiences visitors can look forward to in 2017. The Festival is designed to share […]

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