A talented Birmingham student from Ark St Alban’s Academy has been awarded the Millennium Point Trust Young Innovator Prize - an initiative which has secured them a place on a sponsored undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University (BCU) in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).

Sagal Abdirahman Jama Qodah competed against six other finalists in a nail-biting live final on Thursday 16th March, where she presented to an audience and an esteemed judging panel in order to win her place on a three-year course starting in September.

The 18-year-old winner who impressed the judges with her presentation on ‘Cleaning The Planet’ saw the title return to Ark St Alban’s Academy who previously won in 2015.

Now in its third year, this year’s event was hosted by BBC Midlands Today science, environment and rural affairs correspondent, David Gregory Kumar. The prize was open to all schools, academies and colleges in the country with applicants submitting a video application in order to become shortlisted as a finalist.

Conceived by Millennium Point Trust and launched at the end of 2014, the prize is designed to encourage talented young people from all backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering, computing and design whilst ensuring that the region retains its reputation as one of the UK’s centres for innovation and research.

The judging panel was made up of Professor Hanifa Shah, associate dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at BCU, Lisa Stallard, museum manager at Birmingham Museums Trust and Russell Jeans, COO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.  

For more information, visit www.millenniumpoint.org.uk/yip