WOMEN in Science, Technology and Engineering were recognised for their contribution to industry and innovation at a glittering awards ceremony in London last night (Nov 2013).
1 December 2013
HRH, The Princess Royal presented the WISE awards to women from diverse sectors who have demonstrated drive, commitment and a passion for science and engineering, sometimes against the odds, to reach the pinnacle of achievement in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) sectors.
Award winners included a 13 year old Leicestershire school girl who was recognised for her project to find the most effective method of cleaning kitchen and food preparation areas and developing a website to share her discovery; and Bradford-based Incommunities Group Ltd whose Apprentice of the Year 2012 was a Muslim female gas fitter.
Saheefa Ishaq from the Redmoor Academy, Leicester, has already won praise for her infectious passion for science and been interviewed on local radio about her hopes and ambitions for the future.
Incommunities Group Ltd, a social housing organisation, attracted 560 apprentices from the local community including 25 per cent from black and minority ethnic groups and five per cent women.
Saheefa and Incommunities Group Ltd were just two of the ten winners drawn from across the UK to demonstrate the depth and breadth of female talent in science and engineering which makes a real difference to everyone.
The WISE awards celebrated young talent, leadership, enterprise and innovation, excellence and lifetime achievement. Media, teachers and companies were also recognised.
The shortlist included women who have inspired others into science careers and those whose designs and innovations have applications that benefit everyone.
For example, Dr Anne Young of University College London, shortlisted in the WISE Enterprise and Innovation category, has developed a new generation of materials designed to reduce tooth pain and decay, reducing visits to the dentist and cutting NHS costs.
WISE Chair, Trudy Norris-Grey said: "The desire to make a difference shines out from all the winners. These women (and girls) bring vision, creativity, commitment and above all, a passion for what they do which is truly inspiring. Britain needs more like them to bring their talents into UK industry. Then we will get the real re-balancing of the economy which the country needs."
The complete list of winners is:
WISE Girl – sponsored by Intel - Saheefa Ishaq, 13, The Redmoor Academy, Leicester
WISE Diversity Award – sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology – Incommunities Group Ltd, Bradford
WISE Media – sponsored by the Science & Technology Facilities Council – It is Rocket Science, BBC Radio 4
WISE Excellence Award – sponsored by Thales – Jo Carris, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Useful Simple Projects
WISE Advisor – sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers – Kathryn Boulton-Pratt, Assistant Head, Sheffield High School.
WISE Enterprise & Innovation Award – sponsored by Atkins – Dr Julie C Barnes, Founder and CEO Abcodia Ltd
WISE Leader – sponsored by AWE – Professor Valerie Gibson, Professor of High Energy Physics, University of Cambridge.
WISE Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Microsoft – Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Head of Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.
WISE Apprentice – sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and BBC Academy – Hannah Stanbury, advanced mechanical engineering apprentice, Defence Munitions Gosport.
WISE Corporate Leadership - sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde - PepsiCo UK