Entrepreneur and journalist Lopa Patel MBE received the Outstanding Alumna Award 2015 from the University of Manchester on Monday 13 July for promoting skills, education and training, while running her own business and also for encouraging entrepreneurship among women and underrepresented group.
Presented by the Faculty of Life Sciences during the annual graduation ceremony, Associate Dean, Professor Amanda Bamford read a citation describing Lopa as an “ardent evangelist for the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – she is a technology ambassador for STEMNET, which aims to encourage more girls to pursue careers in science, and is a former non-executive director of Becta, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency. Made an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009, in April 2015 she became the first Asian women to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.”
Lopa received an engraved medal (bearing the image of Sir John Douglas Cockcroft who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1951) from Vice President and Dean Of the Faculty, Professor Martin Humphries.
Lopa graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology.