Maggie Philbin OBE awarded Honorary Fellowship


16.07.2019

Much-loved television and radio presenter, Maggie Philbin OBE, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship today (Tuesday 16 July) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. She has held a host of high profile presenting roles, including Tomorrows World, Bang Goes the Theory, and Multicolour Swap Shop. 

She is 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.

On receiving her award, Maggie Philbin OBE said:

“Receiving this award today is so exciting and a massive honour, and I feel it goes not only to me, but to the extended TeenTech family. 

Most people will know me of course for my work on the telly but the work we’ve been doing with teenagers and helping to make a difference in their lives is the best thing that I’ve ever done.  This is a lovely moment of recognition of everyone who’s working to make that change happen.

Maggie also took the opportunity to offer some advice to the graduates.  She added:

“Never feel that you can’t do anything.  There are so many opportunities out there and the key thing is to find things that you absolutely care about because when you care about something you really are going to put the hours in.  Be mindful and look carefully at what needs to change.  There are a lot of things in our world that need to be changed and it is our responsibility – don’t rely on somebody else to take up the reigns.  Be the person that takes the reigns and brings about that change.”

Presenting Maggie Philbin OBE to the congregation was UWTSD’s Dean of Faculty of Business and Management, Roger Maidment.  He added:

“Maggie works tirelessly to increase diversity in STEM companies, helping organisations understand that social and ethnic diversity are as important as gender.

Over the last months, as CEO of TeenTech, Maggie has been down in Wales, working with various partners to help young people understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary workplace.

Maggie’s commitment to young people and to genuinely equipping them for a digital future has been unswerving throughout her adult life. It is a commitment based on care and respect and a belief that empowering young people with the technical knowledge to release their creativity will be both personally and socially transformative.”

She is Patron of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing and former President (2014-8) of the Institute of Engineering Designers.  She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and award ceremonies, bringing a unique and insightful perspective on technology, diversity and innovation.

Awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to science, technology and creative industries, Maggie has also been named the Most Influential Woman in UKIT by Computer Weekly Magazine in 2016 and TeenTech named her 2016 Digital Leader.

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Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk