Industry experts from the worlds of journalism, gaming, architecture and art are among the impressive panel of judges for this year’s Millennium Point Trust Scholarship.
A shortlist of five young people will present to the judges at a live final on March 27th, hoping to secure the funding for a fully paid-for degree, from a choice of courses at the faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU).
The judges are:
- Liz Mercuri, a computer games programmer, Liz is Technical Evangelist at Unity Technologies and former BAFTA Young Games Designers Mentor.
- Hala Lloyd who is the lead architect at HS2 in Birmingham, Hala studied for her postgraduate diploma in Architecture at BCU.
- Professor Hanifa Shah, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU). She has held positions in Computing and Engineering departments at Aston, Staffordshire and BCU, and a Visiting Professorship at Manchester University. She also has several years’ industry experience, including BT, Cadbury Schweppes and Britvic.
- Simon Cox, Head of investigations at BBC Arabic and global journalism consultant.
- Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Digbeth, Gavin is an award-winning artist-curator, and a producer and curator of world-class public art, exhibition making, writing, and publishing.
The quality of judges rightly reflects the scholarship’s growing standing in the West Midlands and the wider community in science, tech, engineering and maths. This month’s final promises to be a fantastic showcase of the region’s emerging talent, and we are delighted to have Liz, Hala, Simon and Gavin on our panel.
The scholarship programme, now in its fifth year, is the flagship initiative from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust, and is fully funded by the charity, which in 2018 invested more than £4.8m in STEM-related organisations, projects and initiatives, based in the West Midlands.
Almost 100 people applied for 2019 – a year-on-year increase and the highest entry level in the scholarship’s history. The first scholarship winner, Malik Sheryar Karamt, graduated in July 2018 with first-class honours in Mechanical Engineering.
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