A FORMER Queen Elizabeth High School student has won an award for her contribution to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Sophie Read was recognised in the North East STEM Awards which were held virtually last Thursday (July 15).

Sophie has an extensive marketing background after graduating from Stirling University in 2000, and specialises in life science based marketing.

She works to increase the awareness of life sciences and the importance of digital education across Scotland.

Sophie said: "I am delighted to have received this recognition for my work around STEM.

"It is really important for businesses and individuals to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation, and giving children and young people the opportunities to see STEM in action at events or careers fairs is increasingly important in the post-Covid environment."

Claire Willis, STEM Business Development Manager at RTC North, said: "We have worked with Sophie for a number of years and felt that she truly deserved once of our special recognition awards. So much of this work goes unnoticed and we thought it was right to shout about and acknowledge her dedication in this way."