Aspire Lecture: 'Creating Your Future'

Monday 4 February 2019, 6.00pm

This evening is aimed at Sixth Form, Upper V, Lower V and Upper IV girls and their parents, and should prove to be a valuable addition in helping your decisions about option choices for GCSE, A-Level/IB, university courses and future career paths.

The skills of our workforces are critical to productivity, innovation and growth. With the advances of technology, changes in the workplace and projections for the future, many are predicting that up to half the jobs we do today could disappear in the next ten years, and new jobs requiring new skills will emerge.

We have brought together a prestigious range of speakers with a variety of expertise to offer an evening of insight and inspiration for the workforce of the future.

We are very fortunate to have Peter Cheese, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as our keynote speaker. He will talk about the rapidly changing world of work and the range of skills required to navigate the future successfully.

We will also have Professor David Brauner, Head of the Department of English at the University of Reading, and Camille Davies, an English graduate from the University of Reading and now an assistant editor at Palgrave Macmillan. They will both talk about where creative thinking and an arts degree can take you.

A number of alumnae will be attending, including:

  • Amanda Jennings, author of four books published in the UK and internationally in translation. Before becoming a writer, Amanda went to the University of Cambridge to read Architecture before changing to History of Art in her second Year. She then went on to be a researcher and assistant producer for the BBC.
  • Kirsty Brooks, an architectural glass artist who has worked for a range of art consultants, galleries and glass studios. Recent projects have included a fifteen-metre glass artwork for St John’s College, Oxford, a printed façade for The National Film School in Ireland and a glass clock tower for Kirkstall Bridge in Leeds.


Booking for this event should be made via the e-form that was sent out by Clarion on 17 January 2019.