A UNIVERSITY of Leeds academic who set up a project which has inspired hundreds of Leeds girls to strive for greater things has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Historian and archaeologist Ruth Dass is the chair of Connecting Enterprising Girls, a project which helps teenage girls from schools and colleges in deprived areas of Leeds.
The project provides access to work placements and mentoring opportunities with senior business women.
Ruth Dass is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers making a change in their community and inspiring others.
David Cameron said: “Ruth’s work to get young women into business and politics is outstanding. It is, and will continue to change the lives of young women in Yorkshire.
“I am very pleased to name Ruth as the 156th UK Point of Light.”
Ruth Dass said: “I hope that this award and recognition, for the many women and girls who have participated in the programmes, will enable us to continue this work, to enable us to inspire more women and girls to have greater aspirations.”