Class of 2020 supports women of the future

The University of Roehampton has launched a new initiative which aims to enhance the ambitions of 175 young women through the power of education.

Posted: 27 June 2016

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This year marks the 175 anniversary of the foundation of Whitelands College and the Class of 2020 programme launches as a celebration of the milestone.

Run in partnership with BT, Class of 2020 will challenge participants, supporting growth intellectually, socially and culturally to help them become responsible citizens and leaders in a fast-changing, complex world. The scheme will involve 175 students aged 15 and 16 from 23 different schools across London.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul O’Prey CBE explains “The University of Roehampton has been providing higher education to women longer than any other institution in the UK and to mark 175 years of supporting women through education we have worked in partnership with BT to establish Class of 2020.

“Its aim is clear; to empower high-achieving young women to achieve their full potential and make a difference in the world.”

To take part in Class of 2020, Year 9 students had to be nominated and write a statement detailing why they should be considered. The successful 175 young women will explore a range of activities including master classes from academic staff and business professionals as well as having access to a mentor throughout.

The University of Roehampton welcomed the 175 students taking part in the Class of 2020 on 24th June, at a launch event which included addresses from Professor O’Prey and Paul Willoughby, Head of Business Development for BT Business and Public Sector, and gave participants the opportunity to meet each other and celebrate their success of being selected.

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