Professor Sheila MacNeil recipient of Suffrage Science award

Professor of Tissue Engineering, Sheila MacNeil, receives Suffrage Science award for women in engineering and physical sciences.

Professor Sheila MacNeilAttending the Suffrage Science Awards event today (Wednesday 8th March) at The Royal Society in London, Professor MacNeil is 1 of 12 female scientists receiving the award in recognition of their scientific achievements, and for their ability to inspire others.

Setup in 2011, The Suffrage Science Scheme was created by the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, a biomedical research institute of the UK’s Medical Research Council, to encourage women to enter scientific subjects, and to stay.

The Suffrage Science award is a piece of jewellery designed by students at Central Saint Martins – UAL college of art and design, long-standing science-arts collaborators with the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS).

Professor MacNeil receives her award from previous winner Professor Alicia El Haj, a leading figure in regenerative medicine.

After two years, each of the 12 winning women hand on their jewellery to a recipient of their choice at the hand-over ceremony. The handing on of the Suffrage Science jewellery is seen as a vote of confidence by one woman for another, and creates an ever-expanding cohort of talented women with a connection, encouraging all to reach senior leadership roles.

Receiving her award Professor MacNeil said “I’d like to thank Alicia El Haj for nominating me as she is such an inspirational leader in the field of tissue regeneration."

My message to other women researchers is that you can have it all. You just need to work very hard and share your passion for your research. To quote Vincent van Gogh, ‘I would rather die of passion than of boredom.’


Further information

Suffrage Science Scheme
The Suffrage Science scheme began in 2011 focusing on women in the life sciences. It later expanded to recognise women in engineering and physical sciences in 2013, and on Tuesday 11 October 2016, a date recognised globally as Ada Lovelace Day, the scheme expanded again, with the formation of a third specialty area. This latest addition recognises women in mathematics and computing.

Professor Sheila MacNeil
Sheila MacNeil is Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She has an undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Aberdeen and a doctorate on the endocrinology of manic depression from the Medical School of the University of Sheffield.

In 2014 she was awarded the President's Prize from the UK Society for Biomaterials in recognition of long standing service to biomaterials science both in the UK and internationally.
Most recently Prof MacNeil was nominated for the Portrait of a Woman prize. Part of a university wide project to celebrate and make women's achievements within the University more visible, aiming to challenge perceptions about women in the workplace.