Millennium Point is a hive of creative activity and learning, with thousands of ideas generated within its walls. The institutions within Millennium Point and those that surround it – including Birmingham City University, Aston University and Birmingham Metropolitan College – mean that a visitor to Eastside can immerse themselves in learning about the science and technological processes that have shaped our world, and continue to, from early childhood to graduation and beyond.

As Birmingham has the youngest population of any city in Europe, it’s important that we do everything we can to support a new generation of creative innovators and continue to deliver on the ingenuity and manufacturing heritage of the city region.

In order to support young people in the city, Millennium Point Trust created the Young Innovator Prize – a programme that not only provides an opportunity for a young and talented individual to attend university, but demonstrates just one way in which organisations can help to ensure young people don’t feel locked out of education, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In collaboration with the British Science Association, STEMNET and the Association of Science Education, we are proud to announce Malik Sheryar-Karamat from St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham has been awarded a sponsored undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).

In a nail-biting live final, Malik competed against three other finalists and gave an excellent presentation entitled ‘Will robots save or destroy us?’ The judging panel was astounded with his ability to address modern issues, and answer questions around the future of robots and the impact they will have on our society.

Our mutual hope is that this initiative will inspire many more A-Level students to look into studying a STEM subject as a road into employment in an exciting field. My hope is that the Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize will continue to grow and will inspire other organisations and charitable trusts to establish their own endeavours to inspire and support the next generation’s ambitions and ideas.

I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to Malik. On behalf of everyone involved in the Young Innovator Prize, we wish him all the best for a bright and promising future.