Our Judges are revealed for the Millennium Point Scholarship 2021

Published 12/04/2021
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We’re delighted to announce the panel of judges for this year’s Millennium Point Scholarship competition. The panel consists of professionals influential in their respective fields from a broad range of STEM industries.

The distinguished judging panel, which will be headed by  Millennium Point CEO Abbie Vlahakis, also features:

  • Professor Hanifa Shah – Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
  • Kari Lawler – Founder at Youth4Code and Youth4AI
  • Mike Ridler – Head of Business Development and Education at Learn by Design
  • Sam Gibbs – CEO at IT specialists 81G

The calibre of finalists for this year’s scholarship is impressive as ever, so it’s only right that the quality of our judging panel is equal to it. This is a phenomenal opportunity for all five students – not just the winner of the life-changing scholarship, but the advice and support they all receive from the Trust, both before and after the final.

What’s the Millennium Point Scholarship?

Now in its seventh year, the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship has already funded six inspiring young people from the region through their degrees at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. Previous winners of the scholarship include Sagal Qodah in 2017, who has since gone on to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and has now landed a dream graduate role at Jacobs.

How will a winner be chosen?

The panel will assess our five Scholarship finalists for 2021, who will be announced later this month. The assessment includes a formal presentation and an informal interview about the finalist and their motivation to win the scholarship. While the assessment will take place behind closed doors as a precaution against covid-19, the results will be announced in a closed ceremony which will be broadcast from our multi-award-winning venue on Friday 26th May.

The Livestream will be announced in the coming weeks and will be available to view across our digital channels. For more information on the Scholarship competition, visit www.millenniumpoint.org.uk/scholarship

Image (L – R): Professor Hanifa Shah, Executive Dean of the BCUCEBE, Abigail Vlahakis, CEO of Millennium Point, Shennice Talburt, Scholarship Winner 2020, Prof. Nick Morton, Head of the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Scholarship Live Final in 2020.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

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