Sandi Toksvig opens conference about success for women

Sandi Toksvig
Sandi Toksvig
From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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A CONFERENCE at the University of Portsmouth to encourage success for women was opened by its chancellor, Sandi Toksvig.

The conference focused on encouraging women to succeed academically in science, engineering, and technology.

Comedian Ms Toksvig said: ‘In a world full of so many problems to fix, it doesn’t make sense to use only half the available brains to solve them.’

The Athena SWAN conference, part of a national initiative, was held last week and was attended by more than 150 members of staff from across the University.

It was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, and featured talks from some influential and inspiring women.

The event was organised by Dr Janis Shute, who is a Reader in Pharmacology at the University.

For further information on the Athena SWAN initiative, visit