Bellingham Court

Bellingham Court – new residential block at the University of Hertfordshire

How would you react if someone asked if they could name a building after you?  My response to the University of Hertfordshire was ‘Ooh!  I’d be delighted.  Thank you.’  This week it has finally dawned on me what that means.  I was at a University dinner with Professor Quintin McKellar, the Vice Chancellor, on Friday, and he suddenly said ‘Oh,…

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DMU Hon Doc

De Montfort University Honorary Doctorate in Technology – 17 July 2014

Only three days after visiting Hull, I was in Leicester to receive another Honorary Doctorate, this time from De Montfort University in technology.  Quite a different occasion – but equally wonderful, and equally fitting for the graduating students and their family and friends.  This time I took along my husband and my niece called, slightly confusingly, Katie Bellingham.  (At least…

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Hull Hon Doc

Honorary Doctorate from Hull University – 14 July 2014

I was delighted to receive two honorary doctorates this month.  Both very different occasions and both very special to me. The first was from the University of Hull, where I was given an Honorary Doctorate in Science. The venue was the impressive City Hall where my father graduated in History as a mature student 30 years ago.  This time he…

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Tomorrow's World Screen Shot

“Imagine a World ….”

“Imagine a World ….” My father emailed me on Monday to say he’d just seen me on TV.  “Strange,” I thought, “I haven’t made any new programmes recently.”  It turns out it was not new at all – anything but – instead it was a fascinating insight into just how much the world has changed in 20 years.   Business…

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Engineer in Residence

Trying out being an ‘Engineer in Residence’

Since September I have been working  with the John Warner School in Hoddesdon.  I initially described myself as an ‘embedded ambassador’, but when Deputy Head and lead on STEM Paul Clarke described me as an ‘Engineer in Residence’, I realised I rather liked the term.  We’ve all heard of an  ‘Artist in Residence’ so being an ‘Engineer in Residence’ made…

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