Women of Achievement 2018: Louise Banahene

In the latest of our regular feature series – profiling all 15 of the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards winners in turn – we are highlighting the accomplishments of Louise Banahene.

Louise Banahene June 2019

Louise, Head of Educational Engagement, was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for her services to Higher Education (HE).

Her responsibilities at the University include widening participation to maximise progression to, and success in, HE regardless of background. This includes outreach, Access to Leeds, financial support and student success programmes at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level. 

The work of Louise and her team helps minimise the barriers to access and student success, and open educational doors to many thousands of talented young people and school children. This has an enormous, positive impact on individuals, the institution and the HE sector, and is tangible evidence of the University’s commitment to widening participation.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at the University are making across our institution and beyond.

Held for the fifth time last year, the Awards are a key part of the University’s Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at last year’s Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across the University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University.

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

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