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Drawing on her own history and her experience as a social historian and advocate for equality and wider opportunities for women, Pat Whaley will explore how conversations with and about women, from the 1980s until the present, reveal the importance of dialogue, context and connection in perceiving, achieving and understanding change.

Pat will discuss the making of At The Works, an award winning TV series based on Lady Florence Bell’s significant 1907 sociological study of Teesside ironworkers and their wives and daughters. The series, broadcast in 1987 and again in 1989, featured the women on the University of Leeds New Opportunities for Women course, and showcased this groundbreaking initiative, which, as well as opening up life chances and choices for the students, also transformed educational pathways and practice.

The event will end with the showing of an episode of the At The Works series followed by a discussion.

As we celebrate the centenary of women’s partial suffrage, it is more important than ever to find the space and the will to continue the debate for equality and rights and once again secure change and regain what has been lost.

Teesside University

Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education. Over £135-m investment on campus provides top class facilities for students. Teesside offers a wide range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science.

Officially opened in 1930 as Constantine Technical College by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, to support Middlesbrough’s booming engineering and shipping industries. 

We have almost 30,000 full- and part-time students.Overseas students make up 5.6% of the students studying on campus at Teesside, with a further 1.6% coming from the EU (excluding transnational activity). 43% of students are male, 57% female.Teesside has a community of over 1,400 students from overseas (full-time, including EU).