Maggie Philbin – Doctor of Science

Thursday 25 January, 11am

Press comment: “It’s a real honour to accept this honorary degree in my home city. As a teenager I had some memorable nights out on the campus watching live bands. Later on, when working for Tomorrow’s World I felt especially proud when we covered stories featuring the work of scientists and engineers from the University. So this has a very real resonance for me. My sister will be watching and I know my lovely Mum and Dad would have been very, very proud too.”

Biography: Maggie Philbin grew up in Leicester and was educated at the Evington Hall Convent School. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in English and Drama after which she responded to an advertisement in The Stage and was offered the job of co-presenter on Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. Her daughter, Rose, is named after the Swap Shop editor who gambled on a young student being able to handle the BBC’s first Saturday morning show.

Maggie has since worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. She is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science, Technology and Engineering. In 2016 Maggie was named as the Most Influential Woman in UKIT by Computer Weekly Magazine and was also named as 2016 Digital Leader of the Year for her work with TeenTech.

Maggie is patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust which helps scientists, engineers and technologists return to their careers and she is also patron of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing. Maggie supports the community where she grew up as patron of VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire).

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