Jackie Bell, Senior Teaching Fellow in Equality, Diversity, Outreach and Public Engagement, Imperial College
As an advocate and champion for women and diversity within the sciences, Jaclyn has a huge passion for communicating science and inspiring more young people to pursue STEM careers. Having always had this passion for science, she became the first in her family to not only go to University, but graduate with a BSc in maths, MSc in mathematical sciences and a PhD in theoretical particle physics. Being from an underrepresented background herself, Jaclyn has devoted both her professional career and personal time to inspiring and engaging young people from disadvantaged groups.
In the last two years alone, Jaclyn has delivered over 75 talks and workshops in her spare time to children, young people and under-served communities and is passionately dedicated to challenging negative preconceptions and changing people’s beliefs that science isn’t for them. As a senior teaching fellow at Imperial College London, and recently appointed honorary fellow of the University of Liverpool, a large part of Jaclyn’s role involves leading initiatives to improve the numbers of women and minority groups studying maths and computing. With her background in youthwork, she truly values the importance of equal opportunity within education and has project managed STEM programmes both regionally and nationally that promote equal access to and the enjoyment of science and engineering. In 2017 Jackie took part in the BBC science production ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’ for which she was selected from over 3,000 applicants to take part in and undertake tests similar to those used in the astronaut selection process at major space agencies. Following filming, Jackie has continued to inspire people of all ages with her journey and was named the North West, Wales and Ireland’s ‘STEM Rising Star’ at the 2018 Forward Ladies Regional Awards.