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Dame Angela Strank, DBE awarded Honorary Doctorate from Royal Holloway

19 December 2018
Dame Angela Strank, DBE, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science, (Honoris Causa), by Royal Holloway, University of London

Dame Angela joined British Petroleum (BP) in 1982 as a PhD geologist in Exploration and Production. She has since held various technical and commercial leadership roles including: Chief Financial Officer Lubricants for the Americas, BP/Statoil Alliance Manager for Nigeria, Business Development and Reputation Manager for Angola, and Technology Vice President, Fuels and Lubricants. In 2013 she was appointed to the role of Vice President, Head of BP Group Chief Executive office.


In April 2014 Angela was appointed to the role of BP’s Chief Scientist, with responsibility for developing strategic insights for the company arising from advancements in science and technology. In addition to being Chief Scientist, in 2015 Angela was appointed Head of Downstream Technology for BP. In 2018 she became a member of BP’s Executive Leadership Team.


Dame Angela won the UK First Women’s Award in Science and Technology in 2010, recognising pioneering women in business, and in 2018 was the first woman to receive the UK Energy Institute’s prestigious Cadman Award for outstanding services to the energy industry.


Dame Angela was awarded a DBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017, for services to the oil industry and for encouraging women into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) careers.


Angela is a Non-Executive Board Director at Severn Trent Water plc, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of the UK Energy Institute.


Speaking of her award, Dame Angela said: “I am extremely privileged to be awarded this degree by Royal Holloway.


 “I am especially proud, as a woman in STEM, to be awarded this honour by an institution that has always championed women’s education.”


Royal Holloway winter graduation ceremonies take place between 18 – 20 December. 

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About Royal Holloway, University of London – royalholloway.ac.uk

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK[1]. Through world class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, ours is a community that inspires individuals to succeed academically, socially and personally.


The university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today.  As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities we are home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law.  We are strengthened by diversity, and welcome students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close knit and historic campus.


[1] Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019