Academic from The University of Manchester wins tech industry award

2023 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. 9th March 2023. Photograph by Steve Dunlop

An academic from The University of Manchester has won an award at the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards, which celebrate the tech industry’s most exceptional talent in order to inspire the next generation from the UK and beyond.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 9th March, where 500 cross-industry tech leaders came together to network and celebrate these exceptional women.

Professor of Statistical Literacy Jackie Carter won the Academic Award, which is given to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science, and whose work has made a significant long-term impact in STEM.

Jackie writes and speaks internationally about the Data Fellows programme that she has pioneered, which creates opportunities for undergraduates - especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups - to gain paid work placements in the data and tech industries.

She works to connect education and skills to workplace needs. Her recent work involves taking the data fellows programme to Latin America to support skills development for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Jackie was named a ’One in Twenty Women in Data’ in 2020, and was also awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

I am overjoyed to receive this award - I dedicate it to all the amazing students I’ve had the pleasure of teaching and opening up data fellowships for, and I’m proud to be a disabled woman in this space. Our University is changing lives and our students are going on to change the world - I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this.

"The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are both a recognition and a celebration of the impact women are having on the technology industry worldwide and the diverse, fulfilling, and exemplary careers that women can have in technology," said Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman. "Over the past 14 years, the accomplishments and stories of these talented women have inspired future generations to pursue a career in an industry where women are underrepresented."

"Jackie and the other winners are role models whose remarkable achievements showcase the vital advancements technology has in saving, transforming, and improving lives, while also positively impacting the planet and ensuring the future of tech grows ever more diverse and inclusive."

"The representation of females in the sector still has a long way to go before women are no longer considered the minority in the industry," said Sheila Flavell CBE, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group. "A challenge we continue to face is showcasing more female role models to inspire and encourage future generations to choose a career in tech."

"It is more important than ever to shine a spotlight on the exceptional female talent that has contributed to the growth of the tech industry, paving the way for others to follow."