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Date Posted: 27/05/2022 | Posted In: Student News, Women into Leadership

  This week the B6 Women into Leadership group visited Liverpool for a cultural and educational trip.

Our Women into Leadership programme has been designed to support our females to understand the landscape of the workplace, to be ambitious for themselves and each other, to try to change those legacy cultures for those of next generations and to genuinely lead for change. As part of the programme, the group have attended monthly lectures from inspiring speakers including Diane Hawkins, High Sheriff of Greater Manchester; Dr (h.c) Leigh Vallance, Bolton Hospice Chief Executive and Dr. Helen Wall, GP Partner & Trainer, Covid Vaccine Programme Lead Bolton and Clinical Director Commissioning Bolton CCG.

They’ve also attended inspirational workshops from professionals. These have included Sam Gorse, Headteacher of Turton High School, who delivered a workshop on ‘Speaking Out – Presenting Yourself, Expressing Yourself and How to be Heard’ and Debbie Holden,  B6 Business teacher who previously worked in banking, who delivered a ‘Women and Finance – Money Matters!’ workshop.

In the final event of the year, the group visited Liverpool where they went to the University of Liverpool. They began the day with an interesting HE Presentation by a Recruitment Officer.

Professor Kathy Burrell BA (Hons), MA, PhD, Professor of Migration Geographies then spoke to the group about her experience of being a women leader. She advised that empathy, pragmatism, confidence and being organised are key qualities for effective women leaders.

The group were then taken on a campus tour by a current student which included a lunch break at the Students’ Guild.

Following a Student Life presentation, the group then walked to the beautiful Bluecoat. The Bluecoat is a contemporary arts centre located in the city centre in a striking Grade I listed building. Whilst they were here, the students explored the exhibitions and sat in the beautiful courtyard.


It was a fantastic day and one that we hope the students will remember for years to come.