Below is what the Institution of Civil Engineering in the United Kingdom said about Virtue Igbokwuwe in 2021 hen she became the ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year:
Special commendation for ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year 2021: ‘One to Watch’ is Virtue Igbokwuwe.
“Virtue’s YouTube channel is a great example of how social media can be used to full effect to inspire the next generation. Her fun and honest depiction of life as a civil engineering student, grabbed our attention just as much as it has her thousands of subscribers. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!”
Virtue Chiamaka Igbokwuwe.
Student of civil engineering at the University of Southampton and employed part-time at Eurovia.
Virtue Chiamaka Igbokwuwe wasn’t even aware of the STEM ambassador programme when she started making YouTube videos to help young people discover and get into studying engineering. As a student she’d struggled to find first-hand information on what studying at university was like and wanted to influence more girls to consider civil engineering.
Igbokwuwe has filmed on campus, on her work placements, and of course a lot over the last year in her accommodation! Her videos provide an honest insight into the life of a student engineer, give top tips for studying including how and where to get scholarships and plenty about the interesting content she’s covering in her studies. She’s even filmed a live reaction opening her exam results for good measure!
Her fun and relaxed style have really hit home with her audience – she’s now followed by over 3.5k young people. As well as her YouTube channel Igbokwuwe also mentored first year students as part of the mentoring scheme run by her university, to help their transition into university life and provide insight into the course.
Congratulations go to all our regional STEM Ambassador of the Year award winners for 2021 who have done a fantastic job of inspiring the next generation of civil engineers.