Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #6

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 Maria Hinfelaar’s story:


Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Vice-Chancellor, Wrexham Glyndwr University

‘My greatest personal achievement is contributing to education across three countries during my career: The Netherlands, Ireland and Wales. I have seen so many cohorts of students come through and do wonderful things once they graduate – including plenty of successful women.

Some examples…. A graduate from Limerick Institute of Technology, Joy Neville, who later become our Rugby Development Officer (for the men’s and women’s teams) and who is now a fully accredited international rugby referee and made history recently when she officiated at an international match in Belfast.

Another example: Chantal Roos, a business graduate from Stenden University (Netherlands) who is now the manager of a huge DIY store.

Here at WGU, we have some incredible stories such as Samantha Harris, a graduate in Game and Interactive Media Design, who now runs her own business.

All these fantastic women will have experienced road-blocks along the way but they achieved their ambitions. That is what we are celebrating today on International Women’s Day. It is the stories about our alumni that inspire and drive me to do my job as the head of the institution.

Never underestimate what you are capable of – step outside your comfort zone! Get on your bike!’

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!

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