Woman at the fore of new £11m Sheffield teaching centre

Female engineers were the focus at the opening of a Sheffield university's new teaching centre.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 12:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:08 am
The official opening of Sheffield Hallam University's Stem Centre, named after prominent female inventor Hertha Ayrton. Professor Chris Husbands, engineering student Katrina Love, recent graduate and event host Rhiannon Jones, and IMechE President Carolyn Griffiths

More than 200 guests were invited to Sheffield Hallam University's £11 million Hertha Ayrton Stem Centre on Thursday last week.

The recently renovated building will bring together science, technology, engineering and maths students.

Guests at the opening.

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It was named after Hertha Ayrton, a prominent female 19th century British engineer. And speaking at the opening were the institute of mechanical engineers president Carolyn Griffiths and recent electrical engineering graduate Rhiannon Jones, who hosted the event.

"Having studied here and benefited from a bursary specifically for women studying Stem subjects, I was delighted be involved in opening the new facilities," said Ms Jones.

"The support really made a difference, allowing the completion of my degree and a transition into a career in industry."

Ms Griffiths added: "It is vitally important that young people, but in particular young women, are encouraged to study Stem subjects and work in these industries.

Equipment in one of the labs.

"Everyone benefits from having a diverse workforce, whether that's in the classroom or in the workshops or the boardrooms.

"Sheffield Hallam is a particular institution championing women in Stem; they have some outstanding students and now truly remarkable facilities with the opening of the Hertha Ayrton Stem Centre."

The centre is home to science, technology, engineering and maths students.
Guests at the opening.
Equipment in one of the labs.
The centre is home to science, technology, engineering and maths students.