Daily Archives: February 2, 2017




University Women in the Arts and the lifestyle brand TOAST have announced details of a new mentoring competition for female students studying the arts at universities across the UK.


Suzie de Rohan Willner, speaking at a University Women in the Arts event on the evening of February 2nd, announced the competition for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate female students studying any arts subject.


Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST said: “I have had the opportunity to work with some outstanding individuals who I have learnt invaluable skills from. At TOAST, we are building a pool of exceptional creative talent with visionary, playful and creative skills ideal for helping others to flourish. We are passionate about nurturing talent in the hope that they might go on to inspire others and become the leaders needed for the future.”


Five students will be selected to spend a day at TOAST and receive ongoing mentoring from the TOAST team. They will gain an insight into how to run a business and become a female leader.



Students have until midnight on March 15th to apply.


Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are delighted to be launching this joint competition with TOAST. Suzie de Rohan Willner is an inspirational female CEO in the fashion industry, and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, and we hope to offer the opportunity for female students interested in achieving a similar position to receive advice and mentoring from TOAST to help them further that goal”.


Female students can apply at: https://universitywomeninthearts.wufoo.com/forms/z5rfh0r18gfqq3/


University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.


The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.


Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.



The joint competition between University Women in the Arts London and TOAST is supported by Careers and Employability at the University of the Arts London.



For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com








University Women in the Arts and the joint competition with TOAST are supported by the following organizations:


University of the Arts London:


The University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest arts university and an international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.


The MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins is run by Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett alongside Masters Ola Animashawun, David Edgar, Stephen Jeffreys, Caroline Jester, Fin Kennedy, Lucy Kerbel, Kate Rowland, Philip Shelley, Nina Steiger, Steve Winter and John Yorke.


For more information, please see:





Established in West Wales in 1997 by Jessica and Jamie Seaton, TOAST has grown from loungewear and nightwear to become a unique lifestyle brand renowned for its thoughtful contemporary design and ability to reenergise traditional textiles. In 2015, CEO Suzie de Rohan Willner joined the company and is leading the brand’s recent turnaround in partnership with founders Jessica and Jamie Seaton. Over the past 24 months, TOAST has relocated the design team from Wales to London and appointed a talented team including a new Head of Design. This has allowed TOAST to maintain its individuality whilst improving design, quality and fit. Today, TOAST is a highly creative, forward looking company that strives to encourage a more thoughtful way of life. With a large online following at www.toa.st, 12 shops throughout the UK, offices in both London and Swansea and concessions in 14 John Lewis stores, TOAST plans to open further retail locations in 2017 and is preparing to go international.

For more information please see www.toa.st


Women of the Future Programme:

The Women of the Future Programme is dedicated to inspiring Britain’s next generation of female leaders, connecting sixth-formers with role models, and
celebrating the UK’s incredible talent.


It is made up of the following programmes:


The Women of the Future Network is an exclusive network of high-achieving and high-potential UK businesswomen. It enables this remarkable community to come together regularly, share experiences, inspire one another and build business relationships.


The Women of the Future Summit is a forum for future women leaders, assembling a unique community of dynamic current and future leaders for networking, collaboration, insight and celebration.


The Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme is a unique initiative that connects award-winning women with sixth-formers. The objective of the programme is to provide students with mentors and role models, thus strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women.


The Women of the Future Awards unearth and recognise the stars of tomorrow across diverse industries, and celebrate high achieving women aged 35 and under, inspirational in their professions.


Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network and the Women of the Future summit.


Winner of several awards she is listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour and was named by GQ magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women networkers in the UK.


For more information please see: http://womenofthefuture.co.uk/


Writers at Work Productions:

Writers at Work Productions is a writer’s development organisation, designed to explore new ways of working with and training writers. The company is run by Jennifer Tuckett, who is also the Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Past projects include London Writers Week, run in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, and The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting, run in partnership with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books. For more information please see: www.writersatworkproductions.com


Tonic Theatre:

Tonic Theatre was created in 2011 as a way of supporting the theatre industry to achieve greater gender equality in its workforces and repertoires. Today, Tonic partners with leading theatre companies around the UK on a range of projects, schemes and creative works.


Tonic’s approach involves getting to grips with the principles that lie beneath how our industry functions – our working methods, decision-making processes, and organisational structures – and identifying how, in their current form, these can create barriers. Once we have done that, we devise practical yet imaginative alternative approaches and work with our partners to trial and deliver them. Essentially, our goal is to equip our colleagues in UK theatre with the tools they need to ensure a greater level of female talent is able to rise to the top.

Tonic is Affiliate Company at the National Theatre Studio.

For more information please see: http://www.tonictheatre.co.uk/