Success for Strathclyde in Global Game Changer Awards

Dr Jane Essex is presented with the Global Game Changer Award for Innovating in STEM Education by David Coyne, Director, Centre for Work-based Learning.

The University of Strathclyde has scooped a trio of awards for innovations and initiatives which are helping advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Global Game Changer Awards, organised by Newsquest Media and Innovators Magazine, recognises and rewards innovation and sustainability at an international level, across all sectors.

Immensely proud

The University was recognised for Innovating in STEM Education and Training for science engagement events organised by Dr Jane Essex, a lecturer in the School of Education, for children with additional support needs.

Cerys Jenkins, a research assistant in the School of Pure & Applied Chemistry, won the award for Women in Innovation while spin-out opportunity ClinSpec Dx came top in the Moonshot Award category for its breakthrough in blood serum analysis techniques.

Student start-up company Revive Eco received a Special Commendation in the Start-up & Share category for its inventive use of waste material from the coffee production process.

Dr Essex said: “It feels amazing to be recognised for something I have been working on and towards all my teaching life.

“It makes me prouder than ever to be a member of the science community in my adopted city and at Strathclyde specifically, because I am now working with people who share my vision of science, of one sort or another, as an entitlement for everyone.

“I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of all the learners who have engaged with science at the inclusive events over 16 years. It is exciting that Strathclyde is already extending the initiative, with double the number of events planned for this year and, as a result, a doubling of opportunities for pupils and their staff.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am immensely proud to see Strathclyders win these awards.

Strathclyde was founded as a place of useful learning committed to making a real difference to the world, so these awards are recognition of the socially-progressive ethos, innovative research and entrepreneurialism taking place at the University.

“We have an institutional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and these awards will encourage our staff and students to develop further high impact activities”.