Presentation Programme - October 2018

To celebrate 150 years since women first had access to University Education we ran a Leading Women stream of talks by and about inspirational women in the workplace

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Agnieszka Supiya and Ellie Layton - Quantity Surveyors

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What do you think when you hear ‘Construction Industry’? Do you think that these jobs are ‘just for boys’? 

The statistics show that more women enter careers in Construction industry and there are many inspiring examples. It’s not because they are women. It’s because they are good.

Two leading ladies, Quantity Surveyors Agnieszka Supiya and Ellie Layton are forging their careers in what can be thought of as male dominated industry.

Hailing from different work and education backgrounds they have proven not only can women succeed in the industry, but that you don’t necessarily have to have studied construction, or quantity surveying when you are starting out.

Often the biggest barrier to entry (especially but not only for women) is a lack of information into exactly who or what the industry is.

Our presenters will provide insight into the overall market, adding personal experiences and advice for those considering the industry. 

Their talk today will cover:

  • The construction industry – the roles available and the various routes in;
  • Their own path into Quantity Surveying and personal experience of getting started
  • The day to day work (and social) life of a project surveyor – working in project teams, visiting sites - delivering high profile construction projects for some of the best developers and architects in the industry.
  • The professional qualifications & training - progression and development opportunities
  • The increasing number of women in both exigere and the industry as a whole.

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At the GDST we have a real focus on inspiring the next generation of women to be confident, resilient and fearless – so that they will become the leaders of the future.

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 Vicky Bingham, Headmistress of South Hampstead High School, one of the UK’s leading independent girls schools.

About GDST 

The GDST is a family of 23 independent schools and two academies across the UK, uniquely placed to help girls make the most of today’s opportunities. We don’t just provide a first class education. We develop character. We help girls to be confident, resilient and fearless. In our schools, girls learn without limits: nothing holds them back. As experts in education, we recognise that girls learn differently for a variety of reasons. So we have created environments in which every girl is able to thrive, whatever her disposition and direction. We are committed to helping every girl fulfil her potential and her dreams, equipping her with the knowledge and social skills to thrive.

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Technology is one of the world's fastest growing industries with a huge demand for talent in the UK and beyond. But, with only 17% of those working in technology identifying as female, how can we readdress the balance? Anna + Clara open up about their experiences working in this male-dominated industry and talk you through the exciting opportunities available to those without a tech background within this field.

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Anna Fletcher Morris, Agile Delivery Lead and Clara Monnet, Strategist

Anna Fletcher Morris heads up the Agile Delivery team at London based software company, TAB. After completing a degree in foreign languages in 2011, Anna pursued a number of careers before she found her calling in tech. Since then she has developed a passion for working with software teams to enable them to excel. Recently Anna has been working with teams from Tesco, TfL and B&Q to build and release their flagship apps to the public. 


After gaining a Masters in Global Business Analysis from Manchester Business School, Clara began her career in the world of telecommunications at Vodafone. Subsequently, she left and joined The App Business as a Strategist, where she has been working closely with product teams to shape and deliver business-transforming mobile strategies, bringing clients closer to their customers with outcome-driven innovation and user-centred design. She has focused primarily on the finance and retail industry, developing strategic work for clients such as Visa, RBS and M&S.


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Roxanne Ohene, Deputy Director, Civil Service Talent

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Roxanne joined the Civil Service on the Faststream graduate scheme in 2012. Having worked on a range of government policies in the Home Office, HM Treasury and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy she is now a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office.  Roxanne will speak about her diverse and interesting career from the Faststream to become a Senior Civil Servant.

General Careers Advice talks - Woburn Suite, Senate House

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Whichever career path you decide to embark on after university you are likely to be asked to attend an Assessment Centre as a part of the recruitment process.

FDM Group’s Assessment Centre Workshop is free to attend and is your chance to discover what to expect, how to prepare and how to excel on the day!

You will learn:

Why employers run Assessment Centres

What transferrable skills employers are looking for

How to demonstrate these skills and stand out from the crowd

This workshop also gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into a career in IT and business. FDM is Britain's largest listed IT services provider and the UK's leading IT graduate employer. We have launched the IT and business careers of thousands of talented graduates through our award-winning Graduate Programme and accept applications from all degree disciplines. To find out more please visit

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Michaela Hall, Graduate Recruitment and University Partnership Consultant



Exhibitor talks - G21a, Senate House

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NFTS Games Design and Development MA student Daisy Fernandez discusses female representation in games and the barriers for women seeking a career in development.


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Daisy Fernandez, student on the NFTS Games Design and Development MA

Daisy graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a BA in English Literature. She is in the second year of her MA in Games Design and Development at the National Film and Television School. She is particularly interested in the representation and reception of women in games and has just exhibited her own game, ‘Deserter: A Game of Sorority’, at EGX 2018. 


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Come and learn about what it takes to study for the ACA and become a Chartered Accountant while working in charity audit. This talk gives you insight from current ACA students into the ACA qualification and what it’s like to combine work and study towards a professional qualification. You’ll also get an overview of what it means to be an auditor, and the contribution that audit can make to social purpose organisations. There will be the chance to learn about the Sayer Vincent ACA traineeship, which involves working with all sorts of organisations, from household name charities to small local arts organisations.


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Laura Brown, Trainee Accountant


Vikki Sanderson, Trainee Accountant




Laura and Vikki are both two years into their ACA training contract with Sayer Vincent. Laura stepped into the role direct from university after studying Law and gaining work experience in a finance team. After graduating with a Linguistics BA, Vikki travelled the world working in South America, South Asia and Africa (as well as Yorkshire) before joining Sayer Vincent.

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is an official Japanese government scheme, which aims to improve foreign language education in Japanese schools and promote international exchange at a grass-roots level.  There are two types of position available for UK graduates on the JET Programme: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). Full details can be found on our website:

This presentation aims to provide aspiring JET applicants with an overview of our available opportunities and a thorough understanding of the application process.  We will also cover the history and aims of the JET Programme, pay and conditions, eligibility criteria and future career prospects. Please note that we are only able to accept applications from those with British Citizen status. Aspiring applicants from outside the UK are advised to contact the embassy of Japan in their country of citizenship.


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        Nick McCabe, former JET Programme Participant

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Looking for an incredibly rewarding career in education where each day brings new and exciting challenges?

Have you considered a job in a school that will train you to become a teacher whilst earning a salary?

If so, we still have places available on our salaried teacher training programme where you can learn on the job and enjoy the “light bulb moment” your students get on a daily basis. This is an excellent opportunity to train as a teacher within a school where you can truly make a difference to young people’s lives and help inspire the next generation.  

By training on the job you'll be able to gain a wealth of practical experience and be part of the school community from the very beginning. You'll be able to start your journey to becoming a confident teacher with a blend of hands-on practical experience each day and an accredited provider equipping you with theoretical knowledge. You’ll never feel like you’ve been thrown in at the deep end with a collaborative team and support network with you every step of the way. 


Up to £28,000 in tax-free bursaries or earn a salary as you learn.

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without having to pay any course fees.

Receive on-going support from other experienced teachers and mentors in school.

Become an integral part of the wider life and ethos of a school.

Able to start at any point in the academic year.

High-quality training.

With a network of schools located across London, each school welcomes staff and students from all backgrounds making it an excellent place to kick-start your teaching career. Every day will be different making it an exciting and varied role where you’ll have the opportunity to make a long-lasting impact on your students' lives. 

Entry Criteria:

  • A commitment to make a difference.
  • The ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Previous experience working with young people is desirable.
  • A 2.2 degree or above.
  • Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE maths and English (Grade C in one science subject is also required for primary teaching).

Apply now to teach and learn within a network of schools that will help you build a foundation for a successful career in education. 

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Ata Rajput – Head of Legal

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Do you have a passion for public service, a desire to make a real difference, and pride in everything you do?  If so come and hear about us and our exciting career options.

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Inspector Matthew Burbeck