Dr Anne Nortcliffe, Head of School of Engineering, Technology and Design, has won the Contribution to Gender Equality award at the 2022 CN & NCE Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering.

The inspirational winners of the 2022 CN & NCE Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering were crowned in front of the industry on Thursday 6 October at Hilton Bankside in London.

Celebrating the role models and organisations empowering women in construction and engineering the new awards was jointly launched by NCE and its sister title Construction News.

In total, seven winners have been crowned recognising the women and teams that stand out as exceptional and are designed to showcase both individual and organisation wide initiatives.

Following a rigorous judging process the independent panel of judges were most impressed by the inclusive and entrepreneurial nature of Anne's work. They felt that not only had she promoted gender diversity and led systemic changes in how she has set up the School of Engineering, Technology and Design, but also in the legacy she will leave in implementing inclusive design into the curriculum. As well as transforming the way we approach engineering design for the future and ensuring the School’s facilities and resources are designed to promote inclusivity.

Winners of the Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering awards
The winners of the 2022 Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering awards, Dr Anne Nortcliffe third from the right.

Anne said: “It is a great honour to win this award and to be recognised by fellow engineers and industry for the work we have been doing and the pathways we have been embedding within the School of Engineering, Technology and Design, to ensure everyone, including women and girls can have a fulfilling career in engineering.

“From the very beginning of planning, developing and now growing our engineering education at Canterbury Christ Church we have worked hard to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded in every aspect of our work, from student recruitment, schools and college outreach activities, facilities and resources, curriculum design, human resources and staff recruitment and industrial engagement. So we can truly drive a change in how the University and partner employers recruit inclusive engineers and actively address the engineering and technology skills gap in the South East.”

“The awards celebrate both individuals and businesses that are making a real difference to making construction and engineering a welcoming place for women to work,” said NCE editor Claire Smith.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our winners for coming forward as role models for the industry and I look forward to charting their career development progress as they work with our mentors.”


The full list of winners can be found at: https://inspiring.constructionnews.co.uk/inspiringwomen/en/page/2022-winners