UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Kate Bellingham in recognition of her role in promoting careers in science and engineering to young people through her work as Patron of Young Engineers, as National STEM Careers Co-ordinator and as Education Ambassador for the Bloodhound SSC project.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Wednesday 25 June at Bristol Cathedral.
Kate was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Pocklington, before moving to Cheshire, London and settling in Hertfordshire.
In 1984 Kate graduated in Physics from the University of Oxford. She went on to start her career in computer programming, after which she became a broadcasting engineer for the BBC. In 1990, Kate became a presenter on BBC’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’ which led to her subsequent media career and role as a science communicator, inspiring young people and adults from all backgrounds about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
Kate returned to studying and gained an MSc in Electronic Communications Systems from the University of Hertfordshire in 2003. She then achieved Qualified Teacher Status in 2007, working as a teacher from 2005 – 2008.
From 2008 – 2011 Kate was the National STEM Careers Co-ordinator, during which time she authored ‘Discovering Talent, Developing Skills’ and was Vice Chair of the Government Expert Group on STEM Careers.
As Patron of Young Engineers, Kate is an outstanding advocate for the engineering profession.
Kate is also a member of the Women’s Engineering Society and Patron of WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction), the campaign to build gender equality and diversity in science, engineering, technology and the built environment (now led by the UKRC – the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology).
Kate is currently Education Ambassador for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project. She has designed activities, led discussions and challenged the team in order to expand the appeal of the project, so that it is not seen as just ‘toys for boys’.
In 2010, Kate was awarded a public promotion of engineering medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2011, Kate was awarded a Women of Outstanding Achievement Award by the UKRC for the promotion of science to the public.