EMPOWERMENT 

Ursuline students lead two conferences each year. Students from other schools are invited to join them to consider themes of importance to their future success. The purpose of these events is to motivate students and help them to gain knowledge and understanding of the world beyond school, to draw action plans to support their own learning and also to build up the skills needed to realise their own potential. The conferences are interactive and the tailored activities are designed to enhance the students experience.

 

2017 My Future... Conference

17th October 2017

We were very  proud to host our My FutureConference to enable Year 11 students before their GCSE exams to connect their learning in school with success in their future. Students spent time understanding how many opportunities there are for them in the world beyond school, hearing about the careers of over 100 Alumnae who are achieving in all areas of the working world and spending time considering their own skills and qualities and what they would like to do in the future beyond school or university.

Students heard from Ursuline Alumnae; Jennifer Anafi-Acquah, Science Researcher at Oxford Scientific FilmsRose Steerwood, National Account Executive at COTYPolly Billington, CEO UK100 Environmental Network and Devina Paul, Partner Galvanise Technology Start Up Consultancy. Speakers also include Emma Bucknall, London Office Manager at Dropboxand Aisling Ledwith, Ask Project Co-ordinator at Education and Employers..

Students were hugely engaged throughout the morning and their own personal manifestos for the future, setting out how the actions they can take now to achieve success in their future.

 

Student comments on the day

“Mornings like this are so important for Year 11 students because it show us our possibilities are endless” Student

It is great to have time to think deeply about our future and support our decisions and learn about the careers of alumnae from our school” Student

 


2017 International Women's Day

8th March 2017

We challenged our students to think how they could be #BeBoldForChange in order to help forge a better working world and a inclusive, gender equal world. Which was the theme for this International Women's Day. Our girls were shown examples of women who have not only changed their own lives, but the lives of those around them.

Students were asked to think of the most important 'values' and powers needed in order to bring about such change.

Most popular words included;

Perserverance, Determination, Genorosity, Confidence

Equality, Respect, Friendship, Courage

www.internationalwomensday.com
 


2016 Women of The Future Ambassadors Reception

Year 12 students spent an inspiring morning at the Women of the Future at the Women of the Future Ambassadors Reception at Lloyds Banking Group in the City.  Year 12 Students Ursuline attended this prestigious event with 50 other students from 10 schools. Students heard from amazing speakers including  Neraj Cehic from Bloomberg , Sheila Nortley, Screenwriter, Dreamscape Films, Danielle Brown MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Company Director and Andy Clarke, Risk Director at Lloyds Banking Group.

The speakers had had very diverse careers but had very similar messages; Believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to break the barriers, and have the confidence to overcome your fears. They also all reiterated the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and to be open to try as even if you fail, as it is through failing we have the ability to learn and grow from our experiences.  Students then had the opportunity to network with female ambassadors from the Women of the Future Programme. 

Student comments on the day...

“I learned that you should not change to conform to male roles, be yourself!”

“It was extremely empowering experience”

The Ursuline is very proud to be associated with the Women of the Future; our students hugely benefit from the wide range of motivating events and speakers this programme offers our students.

 

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 www.womenofthefuture.co.uk


2016 Women of Faith; Leading the Change Conference

Thursday 10th November 2016

Speakers Included: Reverend Rose Hudson Wilkin, chaplain to the Queen, Margaret Mizen, Dr Christine Pierce from Great Ormond Street, Theologian, Professor Tina Beattie and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership. (There were also students speeches on women’s religious freedoms, the Syrian refugee crisis, democracy and mental illness).

An inspiring, hopeful and empowering conference in Westminster, Women of Faith; Leading the Change,

At an inspiring, hopeful and empowering conference in Westminster, Women of Faith; Leading the Change, 420 Sixth Form students, staff and invited guests from 17 schools celebrated our schools 125th Anniversary.  Together the young women from different faith backgrounds explored how influenced by the values of their faith they can use their powers, choices and voices to lead change.

The day was enriched by the wonderful music of the incredible Soul Sanctuary choir who had everyone on their feet singing  and the remarkable art installation What Women Believe produced by the Three Faiths Forum in collaboration with artist Tessa Brown and photographer Ruth Corney and contributions form Ursuline Students.

The day was a celebration of the potential of all young women, who are growing up at a time and in a place here in London, a truly multicultural city, where young women will have more power and influence than ever before. Young women from diverse faith backgrounds were able to learn together about the values they share and their ambitions for the future.  We hope that all our young women inspired by the excellent education they have received, will be able to bring a new ethos to our world, challenging complacency and outdated norms of behaviour and hopefully bringing new perspectives and approaches to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.  In particular we hope that as  young women take their place in the world they will recognise the values they have in common and support each other to lead a change for the better.

Students together created ‘found’ poems from the speeches and discussions throughout the day and these give a good idea of their incredible engagement and enthusiasm


2015 Feminism Gender and Equality Conference

Speakers:
Charlotte Moore – Editor of Instyle magazine.
Annie Sheen – Music Education Manager Southbank Centre.
Olly Donnelly, CEO Shivia.

Women of the World (WOW), International Women's Day Conference entitled Feminism, Gender and Equality "Like a Girl" on Wednesday 4 March.

Year 10 PDPQ course students Melissa Kiely, Lauren O’Loughlin, Martha Doyle and Anna Berrevoets organised this conference and determined the content and concept for the day as part of their PDPQ project. They began the conference with their presentation "Why Does Feminism Matter.

See Event Programme


2015 Europe: In or Out 

Speakers: 
Millicent Ragnhild Scott, Education Manager at the European Parliament
Julian Sherwood, Conservative Party
Richard Hilton, UKIP
Professor Yossi Mekelberg 
Andrew Judge, Labour Party

Europe - In or Out Conference was held at Ursuline High School on Wednesday 14 January 2015. Ursuline Sixth Form students were joined by students and staff from King’s College School, Mulberry School for Girls, RR6 Wimbledon, St Mark’s Academy and Wimbledon College.

This conference was organised in partnership with The European-Atlantic Movement,  a non-political educational charity. TEAM was founded over fifty years ago to promote understanding of how countries could co-operate for their mutual benefit; focusing on the whole global community and on issues such as human rights, democracy, the environment, the economy and international development. TEAM has earned the support and goodwill of representatives of universities, embassies, the media, NATO, as well as Members of the House of Lords, MPs and MEPs.

See Event Programme


2014 October: ASGS Student Conference
Transforming Lives -  Engineering the Future

Speakers:
Jo Swinson MP  Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Women and Equalities Minister.
Kate Bellingham  Engineer and TV  Presenter at the BBC
Yasmin Ali Operations Engineer at E.ON
Rosary Abot Engineer BP, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Angela Crowther Senior Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, Arup.
Tamara Holmgren Charted Civil Engineer, Project Manager, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited.

Students also took part in a Futures Fair with representatives from engineering departments from universities such as Leeds, UCL, Imperial, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Swansea, Birmingham and Brunel who engaged the girls and discussed the range of engineering courses open to them and took part in a range of workshops facilitated by universities and industries to work collaboratively and experience some hands-on engineering projects.

“I didn’t realise there were so many different types of engineering until today, I am definitely considering taking engineering now".

See Event Programme


2014 International Women's Day Conference
Inspiring Change - A Future for Girls from Physics

Speakers: 
Angela Saini Science Journalist
Dr Elizabeth Cunningham Physicist
Claire Gott Structural Engineer

Guests:
Natasha Plaister Institute of Physics
Angela Reich Engineering Learning and Development Specialist
Jane Sutton Royal Academy of Engineering 
Karen Yates Imperial College, University of London

Students listened to presentations by speakers and then joined a panel discussion with the speakers and guests. Physics workshops were hosted by Young Engineers Workshops exploring submarine and rocket technology.

see Event Programme


2013 AMGS A Future for Girls from Physics

Speakers:
Dr Karin Shmueli Department of Medical Physics UCL
Dr Elizabeth Cunningham Particle and Nuclear Physicist
Dr Heather Driscoll Sports Engineer Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Sophy Palmer Particle Physicist
Becci Taylor Mechanical Engineer ARUP

See Event Programme 


2013 Women in Politics: Making a Change.

International Women's Day Conference

Speakers:
Siobhain McDonagh MP
Siobhan Benita Mayor Of London Candidate and past UHS student
Abigail Jones Parliamentary Affairs with the National Grid and past UHS student.
Ms Peck School Governor
Ms Waters Headteacher UHS

Students from Ursuline and other schools each from Years 9, 10 and 11 explored the historic perspective of women in politics.  The film Suffragette City was shown which outlines the history and struggle of the Suffragette Movement. Speakers shared their experiences of working in politics today.  Students went on to explore how they might make a change in their own, local, national and global communities.


2013 Silicon Valley Comes to the UK

Speakers
Rahul Vohra Founder and CEO: Rapportive
Nicole Vanderbilt UK Country Manager: Etsy
Renaud Visage Co-founder and CTO: Eventbrite
Sheila Lirio Marcelo Founder & CEO: Care.com.

Ursuline High School was one of six schools chosen to take part in Silicon Valley Comes to the UK. This is a series of industry-supported events being launched by Parliament and led by business leaders and the Judge Business School, Cambridge. It is designed to improve the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the UK, Europe and beyond and brings leading global entrepreneurs from the world of business.
Students responded that this conference opened their eyes to possibilities and career opportunities in entrepreneurship and the digital sector in particular.


2012 Conference
MentalWise=MentalCred with Stem4 Charity

Speakers:
Dr Nihara Krause Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Patsy Preece Trustee
The conference brought together 150 students from Years 10 and 12. Ursuline students were joined by seven other schools: Chessington Community College, Harris Academy Merton, King's College School, Ricards Lodge, St Philomena's, Wimbledon High and Wimbledon College. The Conference explored various ways to raise awareness of the mental health challenges for young people.  Students developed an understanding and were equipped with the tools to offer help and seek support in a variety of scenarios.


2012 International Women's Day Conference
Plan UK Because I am a Girl Campaign

Speakers:
Naomi Williams Plan's Campaign Manager
Charlotte Moore Deputy Editor of Marie Claire Magazine
Becky Anderson  CNN journalist and news anchor
Krsna Harilela  Executive Producer at CNN

The themes of the conference were:
How to support women and girls across the world. How to support others in our communities. How to inspire and achieve our potential. How to ensure success.

Students reflected that the conference enabled them to reconsider their skills and learning, develop their confidence to speak out and to be able to speak with confidence, make their point and take control of their lives.