Pupils urged: ‘Aspire to be something great’

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Your background and where you come from doesn’t matter, according to Imperial College Professor Anne Dell.

She told Years 9 and 10 pupils at Lealands High School what was important was that “you can aspire to be something great.”

And she said she herself was a fine example – she grew up on a farm in the Australian Outback with no electricity and didn’t attend school until she was 11.

But she went on to study chemistry at university and won a scholarship to Cambridge to do a PhD.

She is now a professor of carbo-hydrate biochemistry and specialises in the role sugars play in the body,

Professor Dell was at Lealands as part of the Speakers for Schools programme.