Aspiring scientists and engineers wowed by University’s women of wonder


Youngsters from across Greater Manchester were wowed by the inspiration given to them by The University of Manchester’s own Women of Wonder.

Dozens of Year 9 and 10 students from schools representing Manchester, Bury and Rochdale gathered at the University’s North Campus as part of a University-led campaign to inspire girls to pursue their ambitions to study science and engineering.

The students were welcomed by the University’s own Women of Wonder, including Rachel Brealey, the Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University. Rachel, a science graduate of the University, is now one of its senior managers and leading a £360million project to build a state-of-the-art engineering campus for the next generation of students. She explained that a science or engineering qualification opened up huge opportunities for women in the workplace.


“I love my role – when I meet our academic staff, I am always discovering new and exciting work they are pioneering."
Rachel Brealey

Professor Danielle George was also speaking at the event, who has just been awarded an MBE. Danielle, a professor of radio frequency engineering and Vice-Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University, received her honour in recognition of her contribution to engineering through public engagement. She has worked tirelessly to bring science, technology and engineering to life, encouraging young people to start careers in science and engineering through a variety of engaging talks and citizen science experiments - including a Robot Orchestra that has involved schools from across the region.

Other Women of Wonder included Dr Caroline Jay, Dr Louise Natrajan, Dr Louise Walker Dr Delia Vazquez, Dr Rowan Smith, and event organiser Dr Lynne Bianchi.

Dr  Bianch leads the University’s Fascinate campaign, which works with local schools to ensure young people retain their fascination and enthusiasm to study science and engineering. The Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub is behind the Fascinate campaign.

Women of Wonder highlights and celebrates women who are making a difference in the fields of science and engineering at The University of Manchester.

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