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UCLan scientist wins national young leaders award

09 November 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Dr Liz Granger triumphs at University Business Awards  

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) scientist has won a national award for being one of the best young leaders in UK universities.

Dr Liz Granger, manager of the UCLan and Royal Institution (Ri) Young Scientists Centre (YSC), picked up the Nifty Networker prize at the University Business Young Leaders Awards which attracted more than 70 entries from young staff at universities all over the country.

The 28 year-old leads the Centre, which is a partnership between UCLan and Ri and is the first of its kind outside of London, with the aim of giving young people greater access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects outside of school. It is a state-of-the-art space used to deliver interactive, hands-on workshops and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

 

"It is fantastic that University Business has organised these awards to recognise young people working in higher education and winning an award for networking really means a lot."

Liz commented: “It is fantastic that University Business has organised these awards to recognise young people working in higher education and winning an award for networking really means a lot.

“I'm absolutely delighted and shocked to have won this award, especially as the other shortlisted nominees were of such a high calibre. Winning this award would not have been possible without the support of brilliant colleagues at the University of Central Lancashire and networking is made easy working in such a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation.”

 

“I am delighted that Liz has been chosen as the winner of this award. She is a fantastic role model for young scientists and brings to the job a passion for STEM subjects and a desire to inspire young people to reach their potential.”

Since Liz became Director of the YSC in January 2014 more than 1,500 young people have visited the Centre for visits and workshops. She has also been involved in the running of the award winning Lancashire Science Festival, a free annual three-day event that attracted more than 11,000 visitors this year.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Head of Communications and Engagement at UCLan and Director of the Lancashire Science Festival, commented: “I am delighted that Liz has been chosen as the winner of this award. She is a fantastic role model for young scientists and brings to the job a passion for STEM subjects and a desire to inspire young people to reach their potential.”

The University Business Awards were announced at the Park Lane Hotel, London, in front of a packed audience of higher education professionals from across the UK. Liz beat off competition from Mark Leach from Wonkhe and the University of Sunderland’s Ian Moody to win the Nifty Networker prize.