The Royal Academy of Engineering is to award its Public Promotion of Engineering Medal to TV and radio presenter Kate Bellingham on Thursday 10 June at the Academy Awards Dinner at Drapers’ Hall in London.

Kate, who is actually the compère for the evening will receive her solid silver medal from Professor Philip King, President of the Royal Academy.

She did not set out to become a TV presenter, but was ‘spotted’ whilst working for the BBC as an electronics engineer and invited to audition for a Schools TV programme, ‘Techno’. Having embarked on a career in ‘show biz’, her engineering background, along with a degree in physics from Oxford University and experience as a computer programmer, came in useful during her four years as a presenter on ‘Tomorrow’s World’.

Kate went on to present ’The Acid Test’, her own weekly programme on Radio 5 Live, ‘The Big Bang’ on Children’s ITV and other programmes for the Open University, BBC Schools and Channel 5. Subsequent broadcasts included a seven-part science series for the Open University, an engineering series for the BBC2 ‘Learning Zone’, and ‘Testing Times’, a series for Radio 4 about the challenges faced on major engineering projects. She recently completed a series on maths for BBC Schools Radio.

Kate regularly hosts conferences and seminars for major companies and is also involved in projects promoting science, engineering and technology to the general public. She is also President of Young Engineers, the national network of engineering clubs in schools and colleges and sits on the advisory board for the publications arm of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.

In 1997 Kate was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology by Staffordshire University in recognition of this work. In 2003 she obtained an MSc in Electronics with distinction at the University of Hertfordshire.

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s Public Promotion of Engineering medal has only been presented twice before, to author and TV presenter Dr Adam Hart-Davis in 2002 and to BBC Producer/Director Ed Bazalgette and Assistant Producer Simon Winchcombe in 2003.
  2. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Dr. Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering