Swansea Uni academic up for leading STEM award

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, who is a senior pro-vice-chancellor at Swansea University, has been shortlisted in the upcoming Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards.

The awards are aimed at celebrating the achievements made by pioneering women across Wales. And they include a wide range of categories to ensure that women from all walks of life are reflected.

Lappin-Scott has been nominated in the prestigious science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pioneer category for her work at the university.

It recognises her personal and professional work to get women developing careers in STEM. She actively works to inspire, support and encourage women in STEM on a local, national and international level.

Having worked as a scientist specialising in microbiology for over 30 years, she’s supervised 50 PhD students and published more than 200 academic papers.

Her work has been recognised globally, and she is the vice president of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies – steering the development of the discipline on a global scale.

At the university, she directs and supports the progress of STEM. She recently devised the “Utilising All Our Talent” initiative to facilitate networking and support between women.

Speaking about Hilary’s shortlisting, vice chancellor Richard B Davies said: “As a highly respected scientist and a senior-pro-vice-chancellor, Hilary has a demanding and hectic schedule.

“But her infectious enthusiasm for science never falters, and it is hugely to her credit that she always manages to find the time to encourage and support other women to have successful careers in science.

“She also makes important strategic contributions, nationally and internationally, to addressing the under-representation and retention of women in STEM.  This includes policy development, conference contributions, and membership of advisory and review panels.

This year, Chwarae Teg received over 300 nominations across the 12 categories. They recognise achievements made in industries such as business, arts, sports, STEM, rural and education.

Cerys Furlong, chief executive of the awards, said: “Following the success of last year’s event, we knew that there were more incredible individuals achieving and championing equality here in Wales.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the stories and have seen some empowering and compelling nominations that we can’t wait to share with you on 21 June at the Wales Millennium Centre.”