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Women in STEM

Here you will find an activity that has been created for International Women in Engineering Day to get you thinking all about inspiring women in STEM subjects.  You may also find yourself being introduced to possible, exciting careers in STEM, that you might be interested in for the future. This activity is all about getting creative and designing some Top Trumps based on amazing women in STEM. There is guidance and templates below to help follow you through this activity.


Top Trump Template

We have also compiled descriptions of some famous women in STEM, and a few inspiring women in STEM from right here at the University of Southampton:

Famous Women in STEM


Also, check out these short videos of our superheroes, #UoSWomen from around the university – and these International Women’s Day resources, including videos, blogs, and personal stories from our students, staff and alumi – all awesome and inspiring women!


Southampton Women in STEM:

Lindsay-Marie Armstrong


Lindsay-Marie Armstrong is a Lecturer within Mechanical Engineering. She has previously completed a Mathematics degree as well as an MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Google it… it’s where mathematics meets colour…pretty cool!!). Her research explores how computational models can be used to make energy production a more efficient and environmentally-friendly process.

From very early on she realised that the best way to work was to bring brilliant minds, from different types of subjects, together to solve problems. Within two years of completing her PhD, she went on to develop a University-wide research group called “Clean Carbon” which solves real problems using the skills and experience of engineers, mathematicians, scientists, social scientist, geographers, medical researchers, and so many more.. Also she has recently taken the lead for developing a regional Solent cluster aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.

Lindsay-Marie has a strong passion for engaging with outreach activities and absolutely loves going into schools to chat with our next-generation of world changers – i.e., YOU!! Not only was she a Rainbow, Brownie and Girl Guide when she was younger but also a Girl Scout – the only girl in the Scout unit at the time! She absolutely loves challenges ranging from engineering huge cake masterpieces (just imagine a Giant Elsa Mountain cake with light up castle!), all the way through to taking an imaginary sledge hammer to break down the barriers preventing anyone from becoming the very best they can be!


Jane K Hart


Jane K Hart is a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Southampton UK. She has a BSc in Physical Geography and a PhD in Glaciology.

Jane Hart’s research is in glacial sedimentology and Environmental Sensor Networks and informatics. Her research has been carried out at numerous modern-day glaciers including Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Norway and Alaska; as well as Quaternary (Ice Age) sediments from Norfolk, Wales, Ireland, Germany, USA and New Zealand.

She started her career in exploring the wilderness when she was a Guide as a teenager, and this began her love of camping. She went on to explore glacial environments of arctic and alpine environments as well as trips to Scotland.

She is also an advocate for women’s rights and education. She was one of the founding members of WiSET, jointly began the Campbell Lecture and has been the chair of WiSET twice. She is also involved with the “Funds for Women Graduates”, a UK Charity which supports women postgraduates, and she is the current Chair.


Joy Richardson


I’m Joy Richardson and I have been working in the Human Factors Engineering team for 6 years and I currently hold the position of Experimental Support Technician across a range of projects. I have a background in archaeology, but this has given me many skills I have been able to bring to Human Factors research. I am really passionate about Intersectionality and really hope to develop my own research looking at transport from this perspective.

One of my top professional moments has been running a study the members of the public using an automated vehicle on the M40. It was so much fun for me but also for the participants too. I think the outputs from this project will provide some interesting insights for the future of vehicle design.

Outside of work I love to read, paint and play roller-derby. Pre Covid-19 you could find me travelling around the country refereeing games most weekends


Siobhan Emma Merriman


After graduating with a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Human Factors and Ergonomics, I joined the Human Factors Engineering Team in September 2019 to undertake a PhD investigating the training implications for drivers of automated vehicles. This PhD is funded by IAM RoadSmart (formerly known as the Institute of Advanced Motorists) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The highlight of my research so far has been taking part in IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Driver Training Course.

With a trained instructor, I have been driving on roads around Hampshire and Surrey whilst video- and audio-recording my experiences. It has been great fun and I have definitely noticed improvements in my driving! I am a triplet (I have an identical twin sister and a non-identical twin brother) and am a keen sportswoman. I enjoy participating in and watching all sports, including swimming, tennis, golf, skiing and gymnastics. I play cricket and have been a member of my local cricket team for more than 10 years. Recently I have taken up cycling and walking.


Sarah Lu

Sarah Lu, PhD Student Microfluidics and Radiochemistry

Sarah is a postgraduate researcher in radioanalytical chemistry and ocean technology engineering. Currently she is completing her PhD at the University of Southampton. During her chemistry degree, she undertook two research placements focusing on immunology and the incorporation of microfluidics to magnetic resonance.

Currently Sarah’s research is focused on developing detection systems for difficult to measure radioactive isotopes such as Strontium 90, utilising novel microfluidic systems to allow real time in-situ detection in extreme or inaccessible environments.

Sarah is passionate about engineering and science, thus she communicates her research and shares her life as a young engineer and scientist at public engagements events and on social media to promote the role of women in STEM. In her spare time, Sarah has also been involved in Pint of Science for two years as both an event manager and city coordinator and mentors for Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Trust as well as the Social Mobility Foundation.



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