Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE, FRS, winner of UKRC Lifetime Achievement Award 2011

Women named as outstanding achievers at UKRC awards

Seven women have been celebrated as outstanding at the prestigious annual UKRC awards.

Judges headed by Lord Phil Willis praised the winners at the Women of Outstanding Achievement photographic award, held this week at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Eminent physicist Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge, picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to Physics and to supporting women in science.

Other award winners included:

- Innovation and Entrepreneurship (academia and research) - Professor Eileen Ingham, Professor of Medical Immunology, University of Leeds

- Innovation and Entrepreneurship (business and industry) - Cary Marsh, CEO and Founder, Mydeo Ltd

- Inspiration and Leadership (academia and research) - Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Head of Dept of Engineering, University of Cambridge

- Inspiration and Leadership (business and industry) - Dervilla Mitchell, Director, Arup

- Communicating SET to Society - Kate Bellingham, National STEM Careers Co-ordinator

- Tomorrow’s Leader - Dr Phebe Mann, Senior Lecturer, University of East London

"This was an exciting and important evening," said UKRC Director Annette Williams.

"It is vital that we celebrate and make visible the considerable achievement of women in science, engineering and technology.

"At the same time, the commitment of employers and organisations to gender equality is also key.

"At the UKRC we work with many businesses to help them achieve change and benefit from equality and diversity, and we were proud to showcase the achievement of some of these organisations."

Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors presented a SET Fair Standard award to The Science and Technology Facilities Council.

He also presented CEO Charters to Rockwell Collins, Astins, GlaxoSmithKline and centrica.

"The range and quality of nominations this year was exceptional, demonstrating the breadth of women's contribution and impact across all areas of science, engineering and technology," Lord Willis, chair of the Judging Panel, said.

"I congratulate the exemplars chosen as winners in each category, along with the impressive women within the shortlist and the entire field of nominees."

Further reading:

See E&T's feature on women in technology

Read more information about the winners, sponsors and speakers at the UKRC awards

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