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Earlier this year, Dr Joanna Berry, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Business School, and Helen De Montes, Vice Principal of St Aidan’s College, gave students the opportunity to win tickets for the Northern Power Women Awards 2022 after they were both nominated for multiple awards – Mentor of the Year, Agent of Change and Disruptor for Good.

Northern Power Women (NPW)

The NPW Awards are held annually and celebrate the women and men working towards creating gender balance in organisations and businesses across the entire Northern Powerhouse.

Widening participation

Open to any student studying at the Business School or member of St Aidan’s College, the competition asked entrants ‘How would you increase wider participation of students from our diverse heritage across the North of England, to apply to study at Durham University?’

The proposals could be made via a 5-minute video, mind map or 1,000 word essay. All entries were assessed by a varied and independent panel of St Aidan’s and Business School staff and students, and winners were based on enthusiasm, creativity, innovation and insight.


We’re pleased to announce the winners, a mixture of Business School students and St Aidan’s College members, are:

  • Lucy Herring
  • Zhangyan Ge
  • Vishay Karia
  • Zoyia Konstantopoulou

Some of the proposals from students included: use students like me as an example, take time to fully understand the needs of all students, focus more on college life, highlight all aspects of the student experience, showcase inclusivity, and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 10 campaign.

These students have won tickets for the event alongside accommodation and travel to Manchester. They will join the table of nominees Dr Joanna Berry and Helen De Montes alongside Dr Shaid Mahmood, the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and over 900 other attendees at this capacity event. Congratulations! We look forward to hearing all about the Awards.

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