12 Jun 2016
Sir Robert Martin Achievement Prize Winner 2015
The Loughborough University Sir Robert Martin Prizes are the premier awards of the University. Three Prizes may be awarded annually to graduating students, in recognition of an exceptional combination of both academic and non-academic achievement.
Rebecca Grant has been recognised by the University as the Sir Robert Martin Achievement Prize Winner for 2015.
Rebecca has not only performed at the highest level in her Product Design Engineering (MEng) degree studies, but is also recognised for her service and commitment to Loughborough University (and the UK’s) Women’s Engineering Society (WES). Rebecca has developed as an outstanding Role Model for girls and young women to aspire to in the context of engineering, science and design.
Rebecca joined Loughborough University WES in her 1st year, taking part as a member in many social activities. However, her highly successful Placement Training Year at Bentley Motors in Crewe catalyzed her viewpoint and desire to be proactive in developing and growing WES at Loughborough University. As a consequence, Rebecca was elected to the WES Vice Chair role in her 3rd year, and subsequently the Chair of WES during her current 4th year of studies.
Rebecca has used these steering roles to cause Loughborough University WES to grow beyond recognition from its socially orientated past into a progressive society that fosters career advancement and networking within the female engineering community at LU and in parallel to the Athena SWAN principles.
Further to her WES activities, during her 2nd year of studies Rebecca started to develop an Ambassador Role within the Wolfson School, routinely engaging in Undergraduate Admissions events with visiting applicants and parents. This expanded to regional involvement as a STEM Outreach Ambassador within Leicestershire, with outreach activities in local schools.
Rebecca has had the choice of significant job offers during her last year of studies but has instead opted to challenge herself further by being awarded and enrolling on a 4 year Regenerative Medicine PhD at Loughborough University as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine, one of the most challenging engineering environments that a UK university can offer, and a unique bio-engineering facility in Europe.
Rebecca is firmly of the belief that her forthcoming Regenerative Medicine PhD will provide her the opportunity to further develop her STEM Outreach activities and Loughborough University Ambassador profile, fully in the recognition that this will grow and be flavoured with her new bio-manufacturing engineering expertise.