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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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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Kate Bellingham Woman of Achievement

Role Models

What do girls really think?  About self image?  About careers?  We probably all know a few 7 – 21 year old girls and have an inkling about what they think – I’ve got a 13 year old daughter myself – but that doesn’t stop a new survey by Girlguiding making fascinating reading.  ‘Girls’ Attitudes Explored – Role Models’ is the…

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PE effect

What is it with Physics?

‘I was seriously worried that physics would disappear from the curriculum’.  The words of an experienced physics teacher I met last week, on watching the fall in numbers training to teach the subject. The ongoing shortage brought me back into the classroom last week. A school has suddenly got a physics teacher on long term sick leave, and are looking…

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