Jon Spooner and Gail Iles with the Princess Royal


Jon Spooner and Gail Iles with the Princess Royal
Jon Spooner and Gail Iles with the Princess Royal

The winners of the 2011 WISE Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony on Wednesday 19 October at London’s Institute of Engineering and Technology, with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.


The Women into Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE) Awards, in association with EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, celebrate those who inspire girls and young women into the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Mechanical Project Engineer Claire Jones, who works at Sellafield in Cumbria, won £1,000 and the WISE Excellence Award, sponsored by Thales UK, for being an inspirational role model for girls and young engineers.


The Warwick School in Redhill and Unlimited Theatre Company inLeedsjointly took the WISE Champion Award, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, for their inspirational educational work engaging girls into STEM subjects.


Heather Aspinwall, a curriculum leader in applied science and mathematics atWirralMetropolitanCollege, won the Advisor Award. The award, sponsored by Intel Ltd, was open to career advisors, teachers, ambassadors, mentors and educators who have motivated and enthused girls and young women to pursue STEM related subjects. Marianne Hill, a curriculum leader in science, maths and physics, at City of Sunderland College was also noted as runner up for the Advisor Award.


A spokesperson from the EADS Group, which sponsored the Awards, said: “EADS is proud to be the headline sponsor of the 2011 WISE Awards, and would like to congratulate all of those shortlisted for this year’s awards for their enthusiasm and commitment to inspiring girls and young women to pursue their studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Supporting gender diversity is a priority of the EADS Group, and the efforts of all who promote STEM studies and careers to the next generation of young women engineers and scientists will help organisations like ourselves meet our objectives to recruit more women into our industries, and ensure equal opportunity for all.”


Jane Butcher, Director of The UKRC, said: “The WISE Awards are an annual celebration of endeavour, inspiration and commitment – and this year more than ever. A record number of entrants of outstanding quality have demonstrated the importance of working creatively to inspire, advise and enable girls and young women to study and pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.


“The 2011 WISE Awards highlight what can be achieved. At WISE and The UKRC we thank our judges, sponsors, distinguished speakers and of course all the nominators and nominees for the vision they share with us: of building a diverse and talented future SET workforce, where girls and young women have worthwhile and rewarding careers.”

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