Women From Newcastle: Striving for an equal future with Leyla Ferrand and Vladislava Klimyak

In this episode, we focus on the women from Newcastle who will go on to change the future. Leyla Ferrand and Vladislava Klimyak are undergraduate students at Newcastle University. We talk to them about gender equality, women in literature and empowering and supporting each other.

Leyla’s inspirational role model is Elizabeth from the book ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus. She recommends Mslexia, for women who write: https://mslexia.co.uk/ and the Newcastle University Ultimate Frisbee Club: https://nusu.co.uk/activities/view-club/263.

Vladislava works with the organisation ‘Girl you need to know this’, improving female health literacy at home and the workplace. : https://girlyouneedtoknowthis.com/. You can follow her Newcastle-based Instagram account @newcastle.cafe.life. Vladislava’s inspirational role model is influencer Valeria Lipovetsky who hosts the podcast ‘Not Alone’: https://www.notalonepod.com/

Women From Newcastle: Empowering women in business with Anna Jones

This episode is part of a special series to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In this episode, we talk to Newcastle University Alumna, Anna Jones. Since graduating with a degree in International Business Management Anna has had a successful career in the media industry, serving as the first female CEO at Hearst UK and most recently being appointed the first female CEO of The Telegraph Media Group.

Anna is a champion of female entrepreneurs and co-founded the women-only networking AllBright.

Women From Newcastle: Challenging gender stereotypes in the workplace with Dr Jenny Olsen

This episode is part of a special series to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In this episode, we talk to Dr Jenny Olsen, a researcher from the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Jenny is offering a brighter future for amputees with her design and testing of prosthetic arms.

Jenny was recently recognised by the Women’s Engineering Society as one of the top 50 women in engineering.

Find out more about Jenny’s research.

Useful Links:

Buy the book ‘Engineers Making a Difference’ by Shini Somara and watch the video featuring Jenny’s work.

Find out more about Sarah Day, Senior Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Find out more about Sara Walker, Professor of Energy at the University of Birmingham.

Women From Newcastle: Celebrating our forgotten female trailblazers with Jill Taylor-Roe

This episode is part of a special series to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In this episode, we talk to Jill Taylor Roe, Director of Academic Services and University Librarian at Newcastle University. Jill explores the lives of two incredible women who have shaped Newcastle’s past, Dr Ethel Williams and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Learn about how these women have impacted Newcastle University and the North East.

Discover more about Dr Ethel Williams:

The North’s Forgotten Female Reformers: https://speccollstories.ncl.ac.uk/The-Norths-Forgotten-Female-Reformers/

Watch this short film of a suffragette demonstration in Newcastle 1909. One of the banners in the film may be the one made by Dr Ethel Williams in about 1905.

View photographs, including Ethel’s motorcar and banner at CollectionsCaptured:



Discover more about Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen:

View Sirkka’s photographs including ‘Girl on a Spacehopper’: https://www.amber-online.com/collection/byker-revisited/

Purchase a copy of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s book ‘Byker’ at: https://www.waterstones.com/book/byker/sirkka-liisa-konttinen/9781911306856