Inspirational Speakers

‘Roedean Lectures:  In Conversation With...’

While the current circumstances mean that contact with others is limited, now more than ever, we all need to hear inspiring stories from successful role-models.  We are therefore delighted to have launched a new lecture series in March 2021.  Termly lectures will be open to the wider Roedean community, including our students, parents, staff, Old Roedeanians, and our Roedean Academy partners, and the series also has a philanthropic aim – donations will go towards a fund to support students’ families who find themselves in financial difficulty.

The inaugural ‘virtual’ lecture, given by Sarah Jenkins, was a fantastic success on Wednesday 17 March 2021.  Sarah is Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London, and her relaxed delivery and disarming candour meant that her talk was accessible to all.  She spoke about her passion to increase the diversity in the advertising industry, and shared her own personal experiences which had led to her current role.  Three girls in Year 12, Sophia, Lara, and Jane, managed the Q&A brilliantly, posing questions which came in from the audience via the ‘chat’ function.  The feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, and Roedean is incredibly grateful to Sarah for launching the lecture series so well.

The second lecture in the series will be given by Dr Eugenia Cheng on Wednesday 30 June 2021.  Eugenia is a concert pianist and mathematician, who is currently Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Eugenia is an Old Roedeanian, and she is looking forward to speaking to the Roedean community at her alma mater.

Roedean’s Festival Celebrating Inspirational Women

We are proud to hold a large-scale event every year to mark International Women’s Day.  The academic timetable for the day is replaced by a series of lectures, and all the girls have a free choice of which five talks to attend, meaning that they are able to choose a path through the day which matches their interests.

This year, it was our great pleasure to welcome, ‘virtually’ of course, eighteen outstanding speakers, covering a wide range of topics, from Ancient Egyptology to Space Exploration and Conflict-Related Violence Towards Women, and from Architectural Engineering to Russian Art and Meteorology.

Click here to watch some of the talks

Fuller information about the speakers from the 2021 and 2020 festivals, can be found in the booklets here: