Huddersfield New College
‘This Girl Can’ on International Women’s Day

15 March 2017

International Women’s Day was acknowledged at HNC by a brilliant display of the achievements of women from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

The day was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign which tries to encourage women to participate in sport.

A competition asked students to tell us about the women who inspire them in their lives. Responses ranged from celebrities to important historical figures.  The winning entries were from Iqra Anjam who nominated Michelle Obama, Margueritte Alecaut who nominated Harriet Tubman and Sam Wilkinson who nominated a courageous female relative.

Female staff at the College eagerly joined in the day’s activities, including wearing their sports kits for the day. Claire Forrest, Head of Humanities, was one such member of staff. Claire has earned a flurry of medals from her long distance running, which included the ‘Once in a Preston Guild’ Marathon, an event only held once every 20 years. Claire has been running for many years and her ambition is to run the London marathon. Claire commented “I have used my running as an example to my students. To get to where they want to be, they have to build themselves up bit by bit, taking each step in their education as it comes. This is the same with running: to be able to run a marathon, you have to first be able to run a 5k.”

Throughout the day, the College continued to fundraise for the 'Forget Me Not' Children's Hospice and we have now raised enough to sponsor a corporate plaque.

A huge thanks must go to the following students who helped to make the day such a great success:

Diversity Champions: Dili UGADA and Margueritte Alecaut.

Sports Ambassadors: Ellie Schofield, Ryan Higgins, Ethan Cooper, Reece Purcell and Will Perfitt

Media and Film Production students; Sam Holt, Otto Landsberg and Cameron Smith.


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