Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #2

Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day which gave recognition to the strong women we have here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University and their inspirational stories.

This blog series will feature these incredible role models and hopefully empower more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond!

Here’s Professor Claire Taylor’s story:


Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Wrexham Glyndŵr University


‘Success is only possible with the support of others. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to be able to work collaboratively with a range of colleagues, both women and men, who have generously provided opportunities for me to learn alongside them at pivotal points in my career journey. Because of their generosity I have promised myself that I will always give what I can to support the success of others, particularly women. Currently I mentor several women at a range of UK universities to support them in achieving their career goals. Sometimes a listening ear is all that is needed. At other times, I am able to give more specific advice and even challenge their thinking.

‘ act decisively and with courage when needed, but within a framework of care and always, always with a hopeful and optimistic attitude.’

As an educator and a leader, I am driven by a deep sense of purpose and an unshakeable belief in key values and principles, rooted and anchored in my Christian faith. I act decisively and with courage when needed, but within a framework of care and always, always with a hopeful and optimistic attitude. And remember… no one is perfect! I do my best, but can only achieve what I do with the support of colleagues, friends and family. Most of all, I hope that I act as an excellent role model for my own daughters, aged 22 and 24; they are probably my greatest fans and sharpest critics!

International Women’s Day is about women and men working together to: celebrate women’s achievements; challenge entrenched thinking in relation to women’s roles in society; and move even closer to seeing global gender equality. In a nutshell, working together to see fair treatment for all worldwide.’

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