Woman of the future

18th November 2019

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Wadham lecturer Rachel Tanner has won the 2019 Women of the Future Science Award.

  • Rachel Tanner
  • Rachel at the awards ceremony

The award was announced at a ceremony in London this month where Rachel was praised for the significant contribution she has made to the field of tuberculosis vaccine development (the world’s most deadly infectious disease) and to the reduction of animal use in medical research.

Rachel, who is Access Officer for Human Sciences and has regularly participated in Wadham’s access programmes running academic taster sessions for school students, was also praised for the work she does to ensure greater parity among students at top universities and within STEM fields, particularly by encouraging more women into this sector.

A Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Lecturer in Human Sciences at Wadham, Rachel commented: “I feel extremely honoured to be welcomed into a network which is doing so much to inspire women and celebrate their successes. I've been fortunate to have had some strong and supportive female role models who have allowed me to navigate what is still a male-dominated field, and I hope I can pay that forward to my students.”

The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, provide a platform for remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors.

Now in their fourteenth year, the awards celebrate the most innovative, determined and talented young women in the UK. Fifteen award winners were selected as category winners by a judging panel chaired by Baroness Gabrielle Bertin, Director of the CEO’s Office and Corporate Projects, BT. 

Pinky Lilani CBE DL commented: “We were blown away by the nominations we received for this year’s Women of the Future Awards. We celebrate the remarkable achievements of all of our nominees and especially our 2019 award winners. These talented women are inspiring with their leadership and making a tangible difference across a vast range of professions and industries.