The University of Bristol has this week awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of girls in STEM advocacy group, Stemettes.
Imafidon, MBE, Hon FBSA, FRSA, Hon DSc, has recently been named one of Forbes magazine’s ‘top 50 women in tech’, and is the co-founder of both Stemettes and STEM incubator, Outbox.
She told the University of Bristol: “My advice to graduates is that this isn’t the end of learning, it’s almost the beginning. They have to stay in the habit of learning and picking up new information, using that and applying it. The world they’re going out into is constantly changing, so my advice to them is to keep learning as they grow in their careers, as they grow in their confidence and as they grow in the influence they can have on the world.”
My advice to graduates is that this isn’t the end of learning, it’s almost the beginning.
– Anne-Marie Imafidon
The event took place on February 19 at the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol.
As part of her speech, Imafidon told the graduands: “Thankfully your experience at the University of Bristol has meant that the inventiveness of women is something you’ll take with you as a given as you enter the workplace.
This is something I know the university has been working on for the wider community via STEM outreach programmes and continues to be a priority alongside other widening participation programmes, to ensure people of all walks of life are able to sit in the seats you sit in today.”
Anne-Marie Imafidon gives a speech honouring the rich scientific history of Bristol as she receives her degree
Imafidon has herself had an impressive career in STEM, passing her maths and ICT GCSEs at age 10, and A-level computing at 11; the youngest girl ever to do so. At age 20, Imafidon continued her academic excellence by being the youngest woman to be awarded a master’s in mathematics and computer science from Oxford University.
Director of home recruitment and conversion at the University of Bristol, Lucy Collins, orated at the ceremony. She said: “Anne-Marie shows no sign of slowing down. And why should she? There are orthodoxies still to challenge. A narrative to alter. More shifts to come. I have no doubt that she will be at centre of such shifts. We should all look forward to the fourth decade of this remarkable woman.”
We should all look forward to the fourth decade of this remarkable woman.
– Lucy Collins, University of Bristol
Imafidon’s further accolades include:
• UK IT Industry and British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year, 2013
• Red Magazine’s Woman to Watch 2014
• MBE for services to young women and STEM sectors, 2017.
Other recipients of honorary degrees included Colin Skellett OBE and Paul Lindley OBE, Hon LLD. More information can be found at the UoB website here.
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