Professional women do amazing things and have cut through many glass ceilings.
What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn’t expected of them?
For a student setting out, the life of senior professionals may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started.
The trajectory after university is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.
This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent professionals who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?
Professor Hannah FryProfessor in the Mathematics of Cities at University College London Watch
Professor Sheila RowanPresident of the Institute of Physics Watch
Chi Onwurah MPShadow Minister Digital, Science and Technology Watch
Professor Lucie GreenProfessor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London Watch
Professor Diane CoyleInaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge Watch
Professor Dame Janet ThorntonA Vice President of the European Research Council Watch
Professor Dame Nancy RothwellPresident and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester Watch
Professor Melanie WelhamExecutive Chair of BBSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation Watch
Professor Alison FinchHonorary Professor Emerita in French Literature at the University of Cambridge and Churchill Fellow Watch
Dame Jocelyn Bell-BurnellAstrophysicist and co-discoverer of the first radio pulsars in 1967 Watch
Martha Lane FoxBusinesswoman, philanthropist and public servant Watch
Dr Helen CzerskiPhysicist at University College London, author, science broadcaster for the BBC, alumna of Churchill College. Photo by Alex Brenner Watch
Bridget KendallThe first female Master of Peterhouse College and formerly the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent Watch
Professor Dame Sally DaviesFormer Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge Watch
Professor Alice RobertsBroadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham Watch
Jackie AshleyPolitical journalist, broadcaster and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge Listen
Professor Dame Carol RobinsonDr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Listen
Professor Mary BeardProfessor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College Listen
Professor Uta FrithProfessor Emerita at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Listen
Women and Science
Past speakers tell us why they think women should work in the sciences