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18 December 2007
Professor Karen Holford has been congratulated by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal for her work supporting girls and young women in science and engineering.
Professor Holford received the WISE (Women Into Science Engineering and Construction) Excellence Award from the Princess at a ceremony in London hosted by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Kate Bellingham.
Professor Holford, the School of Engineering’s first female professor, was recognised for her personal contribution to engineering and her activity as a role model at a time when only 6 per cent of professional engineers in the UK are women.
Professor Holford said: "I'd like us all to remember that for every successful woman there are many who do not reach their true potential due to lack of opportunity and support, and we can all do something to change that. I have been incredibly lucky in my career to have the support of my family, friends and some outstanding colleagues.
"I love my job, I am passionate about engineering. Engineers make a difference and that is a great feeling. WISE makes a difference and has been instrumental in encouraging many women to consider engineering, science and construction as a worthwhile career."
The WISE campaign promotes science, engineering, technology and construction as a valuable and interesting career option to young women, and encourages female engineers and scientists to stay in the profession.
Campaign director Terry Marsh said: "The WISE awards are an opportunity to celebrate the increasing numbers of women in science, engineering and construction. Our winners are world class contributors to the progress of young women in these fields."
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