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Dr Pragya Agarwal

Dr Pragya Agarwal

Multi-award winning Academic and Entrepreneur, Author, TEDx Speaker, and a campaigner for women's rights, gender equality, creativity and mental health

Dr Pragya Agarwal is a multi-award winning educator and campaigner for women's rights, equality and creativity. She has many years of experience working with organisations and individuals running workshops and delivering talks on the value of creative thinking to drive innovation and support well-being. Besides being a Senior Academic in top 5 UK Universities for over a decade, Dr Agarwal has been a TEDx Speaker twice, the founder and organiser of the first ever TEDxWomen conference in the Northwest of the UK, and have been invited to lecture at various Universities in the USA, Australia, Chile and Europe. She has published widely, have been on international conference committees and editorial boards, and a consultant on various European Union Projects.

Dr Agarwal trained as an Architect and her PhD was in GIS and spatial cognition, grounded in computer science and psychology. Her research has always been inter-disciplinary, crossing boundaries between science, technology and the arts. She has won several awards such as the highly competitive and prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship and Crucible NESTA award. She was Admissions Director on some of most established and reputed Undergraduate and Masters programmes in the UK, and was also one of the very first female Lecturers appointed to the Geomatic Engineering department in UCL.

After a very successful career in academia, she has created two award-winning creative businesses and a social enterprise, and has been named as one of the top 100 most influential women in social enterprise in the UK. The Art Tiffin is a social enterprise campaigning for mental health and creativity inspired by her own experiences and based in psychology and neuroscience research. As someone who went through PND and anxiety, Dr Agarwal is passionate about supporting others who might be feeling lonely and isolated. As an educationist and parent, she campaigns for inspiring creativity and creative thinking from a very young age in children to raise more resilient, empathetic and happier kids.

Dr Agarwal has mentored and coached students in Science and Maths, encouraging girls to go into STEM, as well as into writing personal statements and revision skills. She is a mentor on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the Girls' Organisation. Many of her students have successfully applied and been accepted into Oxbridge, and to Ivy League Universities in the UK. She has written advice columns for The Guardian and Times Higher Education about preparing for University and study skills.

Dr Agarwal is a regular contributor for Forbes (Europe) and also writes regularly about bias, parenting, race and identity for Huffington Post and Times Higher Education, The Guardian, Metro, Telegraph, and Independent. She has also been an invited guest on several international podcasts, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, BBC Merseyside, BBC Radio 4, Australian Broadcasting Service and other radio channels worldwide. She is currently writing a book on unconscious bias for Bloomsbury Publishing.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Pragya is an excellent speaker, with an ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple and accessible manner"

– Prof T. Cohn, University of Leeds

"So articulate, and able to engage with even the most reticent students. The students loved her talk and workshop, and felt very inspired and motivated."

– Prof. Aplin, Edge Hill University

"A wonderful mentor and coach, and really inspired the students to take action, and aim for better grades, with excellent take away points on how to revise, study and get the best grades possible."

– Mr Leigh, Sandbach High School​

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