Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished professional women, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished professional women, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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About the series

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? 

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Dr Helen Czerski — 24 January

Helen is a physicist at University College London, an author, and a science broadcaster for the BBC. She is also an alumna of Churchill College.

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Past conversations

24 November 2017

The first female Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University’s oldest College and formerly the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent.

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6 June 2017

Professor Dame Sally Davies is currently the Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health.

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16 February 2017

Professor Alice Roberts is a broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham 

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2 November 2016

Jackie Ashley is a political journalist, broadcaster and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

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12 October 2015

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, DBE FRS, Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Churchill College.

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13 January 2016

Professor Mary Beard, OBE FBA FSA, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College.

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5 May 2016

Professor Uta Frith, DBE (hon), FRS, FBA, F Med Sci, Professor Emerita at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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