Lancaster boasts some of the brightest women in the country. It is home to the UK’s no. 6 University, which has just been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
More than half of the University’s graduates are women.
The challenge we face now is for the city and the region as a whole, to harness this talent to take us forward to a brighter future. That is why Lancaster University have chosen to become part of a strategic alliance with Northern Power Women.
This is something that Northern Power Women Ambassador and brand expert Jane Dalton, head of Groundswell Innovation is clearly passionate about.
“The North is defining how it will operate for generations to come. At such an exciting time, the floor is open for women to have their say in how we build Northern prosperity.”
This builds on the call from the government last year to increase the number of female board members to at least 33%. The UK has fallen to 9th place within 12 of the highest ranking European economies, with only 23% of the board represented by women. And with the recent and very public revelations about pay disparity in some organisations, Dalton is keen to see more equality in senior positions.
“I want to see the next generation of women coming through and claiming their places at board level. I have seen far too many capable women sit back and let someone else go ahead of them. Equality should be a given by now. But we’re not there yet.”
Dalton is hoping that a combination her three professional passions - Ambassador for Northern Power Women, Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University and Managing Director of product development agency Groundswell Innovation - will provide opportunities to share her expertise with the most recent graduates.
“My advice to anyone starting out is to speak up, lean in, and have the confidence to know you deserve your place at the table.”