Anne-Marie Imafidon: The New Chancellor Championing STEM at Glasgow Caledonian University

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Anne-Marie Imafidon, a pioneering force in the world of STEM, has been appointed as the new chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Recognized globally for her contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Dr. Imafidon brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the university. Her installation ceremony took place on July 2, marking a significant milestone in GCU’s commitment to gender equality and innovation in STEM education.

Dr. Imafidon is the founder of Stemettes, a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. Since its inception in 2013, Stemettes has reached around 60,000 young women, breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes in these traditionally male-dominated industries. Her efforts have not only empowered individuals but also highlighted the critical need for diversity in STEM to drive innovation and societal progress.

As the new chancellor, Dr. Imafidon follows in the footsteps of singer and activist Annie Lennox. Her vision for the role aligns with GCU’s core values, particularly the commitment to working for the common good. She is passionate about using her position to further promote women’s participation in STEM through outreach programs, mentoring, and scholarships offered by the university.

Reflecting on her journey, Dr. Imafidon describes herself as an “accidental trailblazer.” Her early experiences with discrimination in technical spaces fueled her determination to make STEM more inclusive. “I’ve looked up and looked around in those rooms and noticed there’s something off about me being one of the only women in this space,” she shared. “I’ve been driven and motivated, and also fortunate, to have an impact on changing the situation.”

Dr. Imafidon’s diverse career includes writing books, hosting podcasts, and appearing on television shows to advocate for STEM. She has also worked with major companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. Her broad expertise and relentless advocacy make her an ideal leader for GCU, which is Scotland’s largest modern university.

GCU has a strong track record in promoting gender equality and women’s participation in STEM. The university’s initiatives have received multiple awards and are instrumental in inspiring the next generation of female engineers and scientists. Dr. Imafidon’s leadership is expected to enhance these efforts and bring new opportunities for students and faculty alike.

In her new role, Dr. Imafidon aims to continue her mission of breaking down barriers in STEM. She hopes to inspire not only current students but also future generations to see themselves as integral to the field. “The innovation we have now is hindered by not having women and girls at least around the table,” she emphasized. “We’re building a lot of technology that’s ending up harming not only women and girls but all of society, creating more problems than it’s solving with each technological advance.”

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