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Inspiring City academic recognised at the THE Awards

City academic honoured as an inspiration to women in STEM at the THE Awards.

by Matthew Little (Communications Officer)

Professor of Sensor Engineering, Tong Sun OBE, scooped the Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2019.

Marking its 15th instalment, the THE Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of staff in the higher education sector by recognising the best examples of innovation, teamwork and enterprise.

Professor Tong Sun was honoured on the night as a role model to students in STEM for her inspiring mentorship of young female engineers in a heavily male-dominated industry.

Professor Tong Sun was first awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at City in applied physics in 1999. After completing degrees in Singapore, she later re-joined City as a Senior Lecturer in 2001 and in 2008 she became the first female professor of engineering at City.

Regarded as one of City's most cited academics, she has authored more than 400 journal and conference papers, while winning more than 40 major competitive UK and international research grants.

Professor Tong Sun was presented with her award at a glitz and glamour ceremony hosted by comedian Julian Clary, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Professor Tong Sun said: “I am honoured to receive the award and would like to thank my colleagues in the University and in the School, in particular those in my research team, for their tremendous support to make this happen.

“To be truthful there would be no Outstanding Research Supervisor if there were no outstanding and cooperative research students and research staff.

Professor of Sensor Engineering, Tong Sun OBE

“There is always a sense of achievements whenever seeing the success of my former students in their own career, in particular female graduates, who are doing well and taking the leadership role in their respective organisations.”

“We are absolutely delighted about Professor Tong Sun’s recognition by the THE! PhD students are at the heart of our research at City, University of London. Professor Sun is a role model for other PhD supervisors and for her commitment to enhance our research environment and collaboration with industry.

Professor Rajkumar Roy, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

The CityVentures Team was also nominated in the Outstanding Entrepreneurial University category.

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