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14 March 2005 PR 05/19

Young women at Loughborough University make noise about science

Two female Loughborough University students have been selected to act as national role models to raise the profile of science and engineering amongst young people.

Amy MacLucas and Ella-Mae Molloy, who are both 22, have been chosen by the New Outlooks in Science and Engineering (NOISE) campaign, along with eight other university students from across the country. Amy is studying for a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, whilst Ella-Mae is studying Systems Engineering.

Ella-Mae Molloy

The NOISE campaign is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and all of its role models are passionate about the impact their area of science and engineering can have on everyday life, as well as dispersing more stereotypical images of a scientist or engineer

 

Amy MacLucas

.Amy said: “I really enjoy what I do and I think young people are sometimes put off by the stereotype of people who do sciences in further education. We are not all old men in white coats! I am a dynamic, sporty and outgoing person and I hope through my involvement with NOISE we can start to change the way scientists are seen.”

When Amy is not at the lab, her free time is taken up by acting as sub-warden to over 260 students in a University hall of residence, training in the gym, horse riding, coaching trampolining or simply relaxing with friends.

Recent statistics show that the number of females choosing science and engineering degree courses, and female representation in this workforce is seriously low. Ella-Mae, who is a keen hockey player, swimmer and Lord of the Rings fanatic, is keen to use her role in NOISE to change this.

She said: “When I tell people that I’m an engineer, they automatically think that it’s a man’s job. That’s just not true, and NOISE is a great opportunity to show people the variety of people involved in science and engineering, and the types of amazing jobs you can do.”

Dr Andrew Bebb, from EPSRC’s Public Engagement programme, says that it is important for young people to know about the opportunities in science and engineering.

He added: “When most of us are asked to think of a ‘scientist’ we’re still lumbered with that stereotyped image from the 1950s. The NOISE role models are there to remind all of us, but especially kids making decisions about their future, that real science and modern engineering just isn’t like that. It’s a creative, lucrative, and flexible career opportunity, and one in which you can change the world in which we live.”

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Notes to editors

  1. NOISE (New Outlooks In Science & Engineering) is a UK-wide campaign funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It aims to stimulate teenagers’ interest in science and engineering by making these subjects more relevant and accessible. The two key elements of the campaign are a magazine-style website (http://www.noisenet.ws) and a team of role models acting as spokespeople.
  2. For interviews and photos (professional photographs of the role models available) please contact Jo Wheeler, PR Manager: NOISE on 0870 190 2799, email: jo.wheeler@aeat.co.uk
  3. The EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. The EPSRC invests more than £500 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. For more information visit http://www.epsrc.ac.uk.
  4. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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