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Annual Hitesh Tailor Lecture


If I can do it, so can you: how technology and education changed my life

Robert Humphreys

Tech evangelist, award-winning computer scientist and writer. Dr Sue Black is all these things and more. Few individuals have campaigned as successfully for digital social inclusion and women in technology.

But her path to the summit of tech was paved with obstacles. A single mum of three kids from a Brixton council estate, Sue decided her best chance to save her family from poverty was through education.

In 1989, she enrolled at LSBU on the BSc Computing Studies. Today she is named among Europe’s top 50 most influential women in technology.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, Dr Sue Black returns to where her inspirational journey began and shares her story.

Wednesday 18th November 2015
18:00 - 20:30 (including drinks and buffet reception)
Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre (LSBU Southwark Campus)

How to register

Book your free place today by registering online.

Dr Sue Black

Dr Sue Black left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had three children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25, she enrolled at LSBU on the BSc Computing Science where she continued and gained a PhD in Software Engineering. She set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech, BCSWomen, and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, the central UK coding site during the Second World War. Her first book “Saving Bletchley Park” is published by Unbound.

A born collaborator and connector, Sue is now an award-winning social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Her current start up #techmums teaches mothers about technological skills enabling them to become tech savvy, and she is a regular writer for The Guardian and The Daily Mirror.

The Annual Hitesh Tailor Lecture Series

Launched in 2011, LSBU’s annual Hitesh Tailor lecture series welcomes back high-profile alumni back to the University to share their experiences. Previous speakers have included communications leader Francis Thomas (BA Business Studies, 1983) and pioneering midwife Dame Karlene Davis (BEd Nursing, 1986).