Learning for Purpose, Gates Cambridge

Learning for Purpose is a Gates Cambridge programme defined by its learning content and delivery strategies. Through skill-based  workshops, Learning for Purpose  aims to equip every member of the Gates Cambridge community with tools to create and achieve their unique goals and interests.  Cambridge post-graduate study is a unique and powerful time to not only gain valuable skills within one’s field or discipline, but also to develop cross-cutting skills and experiences often absent in scholars’ usual degree-centred training. The Learning for Purpose programme is designed to address this gap. It is organised by Gates Cambridge Scholars and made possible by the financial support of the Gates Cambridge Trust.

Collaborating for Gender Equality in STEM represents the inaugural Learning for Purpose Annual Conference. Through facilitating an Annual Conference, Learning for Purpose aims to expand its reach, and mutually benefit from the engagement of the wider Cambridge community.

Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge


Murray Edwards College is one of Cambridge’s three all-women colleges. It strives to support women’s achievement on multiple levels. It not only offers the academic and personal resources for their students to excel, it also takes part in events and research that directly address gender issues. In support of the Conference on Collaborating for Gender Equality in STEM, Murray Edwards College have generously provided us with our venue.

Our first keynote speaker is the College’s own President, Dame Barbara Stocking. The College has been a constant source of support for this event throughout its development and has contributed significantly to its success.

Equality and Diversity, University of Cambridge

The Equality and Diversity (E&D) section at the University of Cambridge is a specialist advisory section. It is responsible for supporting equality and diversity policy development and implementation across the institution. It seeks to engage all University members in promoting a positive and fully inclusive work and study environment, in line with the equality legal duties for the higher education sector. The E&D section has provided generous financial support for this event.