WISE words from Cardiff

A Cardiff University engineer has scooped an award for her work supporting girls and young women in science and engineering.

Prof Karen Holford received the WISE (Women Into Science Engineering and Construction) Excellence Award at a ceremony in London hosted by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Kate Bellingham.

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 six per cent of professional engineers in the UK are women.

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.