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Women@DU - Network Launch Event

(13 February 2019)

Join us in the Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College between 12 noon and 2pm on Thursday, 21 March for the launch of Women@DU. This new network brings together staff who identify as female, in order to share experiences, opportunities, and knowledge; offering mutual support and a networking space to discuss issues that are important to us. This is a co-chaired, cross academic and professional service network, inclusive to all regardless of grade or role within the University. Registration is required.

  • 12 noon - Arrival and Registration
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm - Guest Speaker, Vicky Jack

Vicky Jack is the first Scottish woman to have climbed the 7 summits (the highest mountain in each continent in the world). Born and brought up in Scotland, she developed her love of the outdoors through her father who introduced her to the hills at a young age. In her mid 30’s she realised that she didn’t know great swathes of Scotland so decided to rectify this by climbing the Munros (hills of 3,000ft or more). Having climbed all the Munros (284) she then set her sights on big mountains. It was when climbing Mt Elbrus (the highest mountain in Europe) where she first heard about the 7 summits – this became her next dream! The journey was certainly exciting, including being caught in ferocious storms in Antarctica, falling off Mt McKinley in Alaska, being shot at in Indonesia and running out of oxygen on Mt Everest. Vicky at last realised her dream when she stood on the summit of Mt Everest. At the same time as pursuing her hobby, Vicky pursued her career as an executive director in private and public sector organisations. She has been both a chairperson and director of voluntary organisations and charitable trusts. She then had her own Consultancy for 10 years where she focused on strategy development, organisation and culture change and establishing alliances and joint ventures for various organisations. For the past 5 years Vicky has had a complete change in career by taking up roofing! She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University.Vicky is also an inspirational speaker. Anna Magnusson has written a book about her life so far! It’s called “The Sky’s the limit”.

  • 1.30pm - 2pm - Networking

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