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Academic presented with prestigious Churchill Medallion at London award ceremony

25 Jun 2018 2:00PM

Dr Clare Gartland, an Association Professor of Education from the University of Suffolk, has been presented with a Churchill Medallion at a prestigious award ceremony in London. The medallion was awarded to Dr Gartland to mark the successful completion of her overseas research as a Churchill Fellow.

For her Fellowship, Dr Gartland travelled to America to research STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach activity and focused on the contribution of student ambassadors and other ‘role models’ to outreach work.

Speaking about her Fellowship, Dr Gartland said, “The fellowship provided me with a fantastic opportunity to travel to the USA to find out about university outreach work with school students. I was particularly focused on outreach activity in STEM subjects and how university students working with schools can help to encourage them in these subject areas. Since returning from the USA, I have been using the knowledge gained during the fellowship in my work with a wide range of organisations including the University of Suffolk, the Royal Academy of Engineering, EngineeringUK and Suffolk County Council.”

The Fellowships were set up in memory of Sir Winston Churchill on his death in 1965, and over 5,400 Fellowships have been awarded since then. Anyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background. Churchill Fellows are funded to travel for 4-8 weeks overseas, researching new ideas that can make a difference to their communities or professions in the UK. Applications are now open until 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019, at www.wcmt.org.uk.

This year’s Churchill Medallions were presented by distinguished photojournalist Nick Danziger, whose career began with a Churchill Fellowship that took him across Central Asia in 1982. This year Danziger presented medallions to 130 Churchill Fellows at the biennial Churchill Fellows Award Ceremony. It was held at Church House, Westminster, which was Winston Churchill’s temporary office during World War Two.

The Churchill Medallion itself is a unique piece designed by world-famous glass artist Professor Brian Clarke, himself a Churchill Fellow of 1974. He is particularly noted for his architectural and stained glass. It features a digital image of Winston Churchill in striking blue cloisonné enamel on a solid silver disc, with the Fellows’ name engraved on the reverse. Clarke explains: “The digitised image of Sir Winston is drawn from the iconic portrait by celebrated photographer Yousuf Karsh, taken in 1941. It is intended to glow with the reflected light of the silver, through the transparent vitreous enamel.”

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