Picture of students debating at the Gender on the Agenda dayGender on the Agenda

In October, around 25 school students from across the Sheffield region came to the University of Sheffield to explore gender roles and the importance of diversity in all areas of public life.

The workshop - Gender on the Agenda - was entirely designed and led by Natalie James, one of our third year undergraduate students.

Overall, it was a really exciting day. The students were engaged and showed maturity, confidence and skill around debating some really hard-hitting topics. Every single student shared their opinion in a presentation; and the debates later spilled over onto Twitter, where the conversation continued!

Reflecting on the event, Natalie said that: "The feedback was brilliant from the students. They all seemed to be super interested and excited to debate. From the feedback that I received, they all felt that their debating skills had improved and their awareness of gender roles had increased."

In leading the workshop's programme of events, Natalie demonstrated all of the skills of a successful Sheffield Graduate.

Sophie Philpott, Faculty of Social Sciences Outreach Activities Officer, explained: "Natalie created a safe environment, showed that everyone can have an opinion and that we don't all have to agree, and lead the even with passion and confidence.

"It was obvious that Natalie was well researched and knowledgeable about her subject matter and her presentations were very well paced and informed. The students trusted Natalie, and when I explained to a few of them that she is in her third year and so only a few years older than them, they were obviously very impressed and inspired."