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University celebrates International Women’s Day

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

Rugby player Maggie Alphonsi gives a talk on ‘creating a winning mindset’

By Olivia Mackenzie Smith

Alphonsi is well known for representing England as a flanker, contributing to a World Cup win. Since her retirement in 2014, she has continued to live in the public eye as a sports commentator, BBC broadcaster, and public speaker.

Her speech examined “how to overcome adversity, break barriers and step out of the comfort zone”.

The talk was part of a series of events put on by the University to mark International Women’s Day, including an online mentoring session, a climate change panel, and a seminar on women’s health.

There has also been a social media campaign celebrating the women making contributions to the University of Aberdeen. So far, they have called attention to Vice Principal for Education Professor Ruth Taylor, psychology student Lara Henderson, and artist Maggie Milne, who recently Courtesy of the University of Aberdeen

unveiled a portrait of the Rowett Institute’s first five


Commenting on the events, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Tracey Slaven stated:

“Our speakers are leaders in their chosen fields, and I have no doubt that the knowledge and experience they share with us will be both fascinating and motivational.

We are extremely grateful they are able to join us… It is fantastic to see so many people signed up already, and I’d warmly encourage anyone interested in these free to attend events to join us.”


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