TO celebrate International Women’s Day earlier this week, Barnsley students took part in virtual talks and presentations from inspirational women speakers.

On Monday, International Women’s Day, Barnsley College students heard from a variety of women across the globe on their experiences and challenges.

The students first heard from Carole O’Neill, the very first female High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.

Carole also shared her life experiences as she expressed the importance of education and its ability to open doors in the world of work.

She told students of her personal journey through education and how she went from a qualified nurse running the Accident and Emergency department at Doncaster Infirmary through to becoming a magistrate and later deputy chairman for South Yorkshire before retiring to become High Sheriff.

Nat Jackson, founder of Totally Runable and director at Barnsley Women’s Football Club, was part of the interactive presentation and explained the importance of confidence in physical ability and having female role models in life.

Lee Perks, cultural capital and personal development co-ordinator, said: “This year, we have worked with several of our contacts including Talent United Partner, Nat Jackson of Totally Runable, to collate resources to send out to our students as well as hosting a number of guest speaker sessions such as one with the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Carole O’Neill, who provided a brilliant talk to our students highlighting her own personal journey and success.

“We are committed to being actively involved in the social and cultural development of our community, raising aspirations and driving social mobility through recognising the importance to of International Women’s Day.

“The progression that has been made so far is great, but we know there is still a long way to go to ensure equality for everyone.”