National Excellence in Engineering Award goes to Cheltenham Ladies College teacher

Dr Matthew Lim

The Head of Digital Education at Cheltenham Ladies College has won the James Dyson Foundation Award for Excellence in Engineering Education at the Design and Technology Association’s Excellence Awards 2020.

Dr Matthew Lim accepted his award at a virtual ceremony last week. He said: “I would like to thank the Design and Technology Association and the James Dyson Foundation for this unexpected honour.

“I would like to thank our Principal, Vice Principal (Academic), the rest of Senior Leadership Team and Council at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for their support and belief both back then and every day since. Especially to our girls, whose ‘hunger’ for learning inspires me daily to be a better teacher.

“As a teacher, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be given the chance to ‘write your own story’ and six years on, I am so pleased that the realisation of this vision is empowering our girls to become innovators of the future by giving them the licence to ‘choose their own adventure’. Integral to this, is nurturing in them resilience by creating opportunities for them to learn through failure.”

The awards are held in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and recognise the commitment and achievements of teachers, trainers, education consultants and academics across primary and secondary schools.

The news follows the announcement of the eighth and ninth Arkwright Engineering Scholarships to be awarded to Cheltenham Ladies College pupils. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. Every Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is sponsored by an industrial company, university, charitable trust, trade association, professional institution, armed service, worshipful company, industry regulator or personal donor.