A past Master Cutler and the first woman to be President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Pam Liversidge had Sheffield University’s newest engineering building named after her.
“I’m still amazed; I just think it is quite incredible,” said Mrs Liversidge.
“When the university called me and said they wanted to name the building after a woman engineer, I thought they were asking me to put forward some names.
“When they said they wanted it to be me I had to ask them to repeat it.”
Mrs Liversidge says naming the £21 million seven-storey engineering graduate building on the corner of Newcastle Street and Broad Lane after a local woman engineer conveyed a lot of good messages about what the university does.
“What that means to me is, firstly, that Sheffield University is so very serious about supporting and encouraging women, particularly in the field of engineering, but, also, it is very conscious of its place within the region, because that is where its roots are.”
Pam Liversidge has worked for companies that include big names like GKN and East Midlands Electricity, as well as smaller firms that were big names in what we would now call Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing sector.
During that career she has blazed a trail for women in what was once considered almost exclusively to be a man’s world.
She became the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1997 – the 150th anniversary of its foundation – and was also one of the youngest to hold the position, in addition to being one of few to hold the position while not working for a giant corporation.
In 2004 she became one of a limited number of women to hold the position of High Sheriff of South Yorkshire – an office dating back more than 1,000 years.
She became the first female Master Cutler in 2011, 387 years after the office was founded.