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Engagement champion receives recognition in Queen’s Birthday Honours

29 June 2017

Dr Wendy Sadler

Dr Wendy Sadler of the School of Physics and Astronomy has become an MBE for services to science, engineering communication and engagement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced last week.

In 2002 Wendy established science made simple, an organisation which brings the brilliance of science to life with amazing high energy interactive shows for schools and festivals. Wendy also works as a part-time lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy and has developed an innovative course that teaches undergraduates about how to communicate physics to a wider audience.

Speaking about her MBE, Wendy said: “When I got the letter I was speechless. It is a huge honour to be recognised for years of hard work; promoting the importance of science-based learning that is entertaining and engaging for young people. Without my passionate and dedicated team, I would never have been able to achieve anything close to this. I want to thank them and everyone who has supported science made simple over the last 15 years from the bottom of my heart.”

Throughout her career, Wendy has received a number of prestigious awards recognising her work in making science and engineering subjects exciting and accessible, particularly to young people and school children. As well as inspiring young people to study STEM subjects Wendy has also been an enthusiastic advocate of science and engineering careers for women and girls.

Other members of the university honoured in the list were Professor Pamela Taylor from the School of Medicine who became a CBE, Professor Malcolm Mason from the School of Medicine and Dr Alison Parken from the Business School, who received OBEs.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, said: “We are very proud to see the work and dedication of our staff and wider community recognised. Their substantial achievements have made a significant difference to society. I extend congratulations to all, on behalf of the whole University.”

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