One of the top performing women in her year, Katharine Field has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Ede & Ravenscroft Women into Science Prize for her exceptional academic performance. This £1000 prize rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement in science subjects in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The prizes are awarded by Ede & Ravenscroft, who supply robes for Lancaster University’s students during graduation.
Excited to receive her award, Katharine is pleased that more and more women are receiving the recognition that they deserve for their contributions and influence within science. “I am very grateful and excited to win the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize,” she tells us. “I am glad women in science are getting recognition, and I am sure that there are many other people in my year, women and men, who would have been worthy of the prize, so I feel very lucky.”
A brilliant experience
Having now finished the first year of her Mechanical Engineering degree at Lancaster, Katharine fondly recalls what it was that first attracted her to study the subject here. “I like the location of Lancaster University, as it’s near the Lake District and isn’t that far from my home in Manchester,” she says. “I love the campus and the feel of the University, as well as the mix of the practical and intellectual challenges of my degree.” Katherine appreciates Lancaster’s enviable location and the challenging and stimulating nature of our degrees, and enjoys using the Engineering Department’s state-of-the-art facilities, as well as the trips and friendly group teaching sessions that it provides. “I love the lab sessions and being in the workshop, and also really enjoyed our trip to Jaguar Land Rover. I like the tutorial sessions, as I could ask questions and we could have discussions about the subjects we had been learning about.”
Beginnings of a career
Hugely enthusiastic about her subject, Katharine aspires to pursue a career in engineering upon graduation. Her contact with a wide variety of engineers at university has given her a flair for working within teams, and has meant that she is considering careers in engineering disciplines outside of her own mechanical specialism. “I have really enjoyed working with all different types of engineers in my first year, so I would like to go into a job where I will be working as part of a team,” she says. “I don’t know specifically what type of engineering job I want to go into, but I know I want to be a successful and happy engineer.”