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Dr Sarah Baillie wins national award

19 March 2010
Dr Sarah Baillie, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, has been named as one of the six Women of Outstanding Achievement 2010, for her inspirational work in Discovery and Innovation within Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, the Women of Outstanding Achievement (WoOA) exhibition, led by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET, showcases some of the UK’s most inspiring women currently working across the SET sectors. The focus is on women who achieve outstanding results within their chosen fields, and the exhibition acts as a showcase to inspire other women to progress a career within SET.

As the inventor of the Haptic Cow, one of the most significant devices in veterinary education in the last 50 years, Sarah Baillie has been announced as one of six women recognised this year. In honour of her achievements, her portrait was unveiled as part of an exclusive exhibition launched at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18th March 2010.

Annette Williams, Director of the UKRC, comments: “The continued encouragement of women to return to, or establish a new career in SET is vital to ensure that the UK carries on producing world class scientists, mathematicians and engineers. All six of this year’s Women of Outstanding Achievement are fantastic role models for women working across all sectors of SET and demonstrate that it is possible to have a high achieving career balanced with a fulfilling personal life.

Annette adds: “We are constantly looking to promote women working in SET, to ensure that their voices are heard and that they are given equal opportunities throughout their careers. The exhibition forms part of a legacy that will inspire, engage and encourage women of all ages to consider a career in SET as well as recognising the outstanding role models currently working in these fields.”

Sarah Baillie sums up what it means to be a Woman of Outstanding Achievement:
“It’s a great honour to be named as a Women of Outstanding Achievement and schemes such as this that recognise the achievements of women are a great thing. I’ve found that a passion for your chosen subject area is a great help and motivator. And, of course, it also comes down to hard work and striving to do your best! Whatever you end up doing, working with a good team and being effective within that team is both personally and professionally rewarding.”

See also: Dr Sarah Baillie wins Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award

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