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Former Student Recognised as International STEM Ambassador

A former A Level student at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor has been selected to be an international ambassador in the STEM industry.

Kathryn Whittey will form part of Homeward Bound’s international ambassador programme, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape the planet.

As part of the programme, Kathryn will go on a research trip to Antarctica at the end of the year with a cohort of 103 women who have been selected based on their outstanding potential to lead and create better outcomes for the planet.

Following her studies at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Kathryn moved on to study Marine Biology at University. After graduating, she returned to college for a while to work as a lecturer, and now studies PhD at Cardiff University.

Kathryn is passionate about marine conservation and as part of her PhD she set up a collaborative artificial reef project, ‘Fish Hives’. Through ‘Fish Hives’ and her other research she hopes to spread awareness of the decline of coral reefs.

Kathryn speaks Welsh, and works to see more access to STEM studies through the medium of Welsh being offered.

Bethan Lloyd Owen-Hughes, A Level Programme Area Manager at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said,

“We are extremely proud to learn of Kathryn's resounding success. Getting a place on the Homeward Bound project is extremely competitive - only the best are chosen”

She added,

"Since Kathryn left us, the college has invested significantly in new laboratories in the hope that we will see many students following in Kathryn's footsteps. Well done Kathryn, the college is extremely proud of your success"

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