STEM Inspiration awards celebrate work of Scottish technician

Henry Rae, a technician from the University of St Andrews, has won the Outstanding STEM Technician award at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords.

The STEM Inspiration awards are designed to celebrate individuals and organisations working to inspire young people in STEM subjects. Winners were announced last week, at a ceremony hosted at the House of Lords. Every winner received an invitation to attend a once-in-a-lifetime trip to CERN in Switzerland, thanks to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Lord Sainsbury, founder of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, presented Henry with his award. Lord Sainsbury said:

“I am delighted to present Henry with the award for Outstanding STEM Technician which is particularly close to my heart. The efforts of Henry and others to inspire the next generation of technicians is critical at a time when industry and our education system have come together to transform our country’s technical education system."

The Outstanding STEM Technician award recognises efforts to inform and inspire young people with apprenticeships and technician careers. It is aimed at those working in STEM who have a technical, non-graduate background and have used this to help inspire the next generation of technicians. As part of his nomination, the University of St Andrews said of Henry:

"We consider him a beacon of public engagement and outreach at the University of St Andrews. He’s crucial to every event and festival we hold, as well as being a champion allowing us to embed engagement activities within departments."


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