International Women's Day -  Time To Challenge - Panel  #1

International Women's Day - Time To Challenge - Panel #1

DATE: Monday 08 March 2021

TIME: 2:30pm - 3:30pm


For this year’s International Women’s Day, we are hosting virtual panels filled with some inspirational women that are doing something unique in their field and are passionate about what they do and what they stand for.

For our first instalment we have a mixture of Hallam staff, alumni, and Sheffield businesswomen. They will be discussing – ‘Time To Challenge’ asking people how they’ve challenged inequality for women in their communities?

Colina Wright - CEO Sunderland University - I attribute my career within Students’ Unions to my own SU experience: I studied at Sheffield Hallam (boing, boing) between 1999 and 2002 but recall wanting to leave around Christmas of year 2. It was getting involved with the Women’s Officer and the Volunteering Committee that encouraged me to stay on. After graduating I ran to become the Women’s Officer which was sadly not to be but I had the opportunity to become the Multicultural and International Students’ Officer. The following year I ran to be the Women’s Officer again unsuccessfully and consequently refer to myself as the best Women’s Officer Sheffield Hallam never had.

My next role was as a Students’ Union Liaison Officer for New College Nottingham, where I stayed for 3 years before returning to Sheffield Hallam as the Student Development Coordinator. After 18 months I left to become the Democracy and Representation Coordinator at De Montfort Students’ Union.

During the 12 years I spent at DSU my job became a career and I was promoted to the Student Voice Manager and Head of Membership Services.

I left in March 2020 to become the Chief Executive Officer at Sunderland Students’ Union… and sadly haven’t stepped foot inside the building yet!


Kate Cox - Head of Sport Sheffield Hallam University - Head of Physical Activity & Sport at Sheffield Hallam University -

Kate joined Sheffield Hallam University in April 2020 as Head of Physical Activity and Sport. Her role involves overseeing and managing a range of facilities, programmes and services to support students, staff and the local community. She is one of the youngest female Sport Department Heads in the University sector and BUCS network.  Kate is passionate about the role sport and physical activity can play in all our lives and has spent the majority of her career working at The University of Sheffield in various sport development roles before joining to sport senior leadership team in July 2016. She also spent some time in Australia at The University of Canberra as the General Manager for Sport. Kate was a Student Union Officer in 2009 and also currently volunteers as a member of Yorkshire Netball's Regional Management Board. 

Emma Marshall - Sheffield Women in Technology -

Emma is Operations Director of 3Squared, a Sheffield based technology company supplying expert consultancy and technology solutions to the Rail Industry with a mission to enable the transportation sector to become safer, greener, and more efficient through digitalisation.

A member of Sheffield Women in Tech https://shfwit.org/  Emma believes that the tech sector can re-invent itself to be the best equality employer and by addressing the social/educational digital divide we can, as a nation, provide fairness of access to employment and services for everyone. Emma champions outreach activities for local schools, is a business coach to 3rd sector organisations, and a Non-Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.   

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