With the Young Innovator Prize final only around the corner, we caught up with last year’s winner, Malik, to find out how his university experience has been so far.

Hi, Malik! We can’t believe how fast time has gone, how have you been getting on at university?

I’m really enjoying university; it’s been great fun and very rewarding. I have settled into university well and I am already looking forward to term two!

What are you enjoying about it the most?

I love meeting new people and making new friends. So many people have come from different cities and countries to study at BCU and their interests and lives are so fascinating.

Tell us about some of the topics the course has covered so far…

The topics my course has covered so far include materials, processes, design method, mathematics and mechanics. My favourite subject so far has to be mechanics - I find it really interesting and I can’t wait for the Formula Student event, which is the world’s biggest student motorsport event.

The Young Innovator Prize is a great opportunity for young people to explore STEM subjects and for Millennium Point to support and sponsor an individual through university. How has Young Innovator Prize changed your life?

The Young Innovator Prize has changed my life in so many ways. Studying at university has given me the chance to explore my passion for mechanical engineering further and hopefully go on to have a rewarding career in that field after university.

I know that the experience I will gain at Birmingham City University will prepare me for working life - this is something I wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the support of Millennium Point.

Can you share your three top tips with pupils applying for this year’s Young Innovator Prize?

  1. Make sure you read the competition guidelines properly as this will ensure you tick all the boxes and deliver a great presentation.
  2. Take the time to understand each question that the judges ask you and don’t feel rushed to answer. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the judges to repeat the question.
  3. Most importantly, make sure the content you include in your talk is of relevance and has strong scientific evidence which will help you strengthen your presentation.

It’s great to hear you’re enjoying university Malik. Best of luck for term two and we look forward to catching up with you again soon.