Uni’s fit­ting memo­rial to trail­blazer Dorothée

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - KEN­NETH SPEIRS

A pi­o­neer­ing en­gi­neer is to be recog­nised by Pais­ley’s univer­sity with a spe­cial com­mem­o­rat i ve plaque.

Dorothée Pullinger trained as an apprentice en­gi­neer in Pais­ley be­fore the First World War, and is fa­mous for the last­ing im­pact she made on the en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try.

She de­signed a car for women, built by women, in the early 20th cen­tury.

The com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque will hon­our Doro t h é e ’ s legacy, cel­e­brate her Pais­ley con­nec­tion and mark her con­sid­er­able achieve­ments in en­gi­neer­ing and en­trepreneur­ship.

Help­ing to choose the de­sign of the memo­rial plaque were rel­a­tives of Dorothée who had trav­elled from their home in Guernsey to UWS’ Pais­ley cam­pus, a mile away from where she trained as an apprentice in 1909.

Dorothee’s daugh­ter Yv e t t e L e Couv e y , grand­daugh­ter Miya Le Cou­vey, and her hus­band James McDon­ald met the team of aca­demics at UWS in­volved in the re­search into Dorothée’s legacy.

Aca­demics Pro­fes­sor Katarzyna Kos­mala, Tony Grace and Dr Evi Viza dis­cussed the project led by Pro­fes­sor Kos­mala of the uni’s School of Me­dia, Cul­ture and So­ci­ety in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the School of Com­put­ing, En­gi­neer­ing and Phys­i­cal Sci­ence.

Pro­fes­sor Craig Mahoney, prin­ci­pal and vice- chan­cel­lor of UWS said: “We were thrilled to host Dorothée Pullinger’s rel­a­tives Yvette, Miya and James at our Pais­ley cam­pus.

“We were pleased to be able to share our plans with them for our com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

“Dorothée’s legacy is known far and wide, and nowhere is it held more dearly than in Pais­ley.

“D o rothée was a trail­blazer who fol­lowed her pas­sions and forged a hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

“He re at UWS we cham­pion our stu­dents to chase their dreams, plac­ing par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to sub­jects such as STEM ( Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing Maths) so it was a real plea­sure to be able to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of this in­spir­ing woman.”

Pro­fes­sor Kos­mala said women in en­gi­neer­ing have his­tor­i­cally been very much in the mi­nor­ity.

“In 1914, de­spite her ob­vi­ous tal­ents as an en­gi­neer, the In­sti­tu­tion of Au­to­mo­bile En­gi­neers re­fused to ad­mit Dorothée in their ar­ti­cles of as­so­ci­a­tion,” she said.

“How­ever, things were start­ing to shift with fe­male en­gi­neers set­ting up the Women’s En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety ( WES), ex­actly one hun­dred years ago to en­cour­age more women to pur­sue a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing.

“I am de­lighted we will be un­veil­ing a plaque to com­mem­o­rate Dorothée’s legacy and her achieve­ments on our cam­pus to tie in with the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of WES.”

Si­mon went from IT to GIS, leav­ing his code de­vel­oper role to be­gin a jour­ney to his dream job of re­searcher in ge­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems:

Trib­ute Pro­fes­sor Katarzyna Kos­mala, Dr Evi Visa , Dr Nina Baker, Yvette Le Cou­vey, James McDon­ald, Miya Le Cou­vey, Pro­fes­sor Carl Schaschk, Ilona Ko­scieja, and Jo Macguire at the event to hon­our Pais­ley en­gi­neer Dorothée Pullinger (in­set)

Fam­ily af­fair Dorothée ‘s daugh­ter Yvette Le Cou­vey (cen­tre) with her daugh­ter Miya and hus­band James McDon­ald

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