About The Event
Five young people will give quick-fire presentations on current issues facing the West Midlands for the chance to win a fully funded STEM undergraduate degree paid for by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.
This event is your opportunity to hear from emerging young talent in the region, meet like-minded individuals and support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the region.
About The Scholarship
Founded in 2015, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust, supported by Birmingham City University, fully funds an undergraduate degree annually at BCU’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Open to young people in the West Midlands, the competition is split into two stages – an initial application and then a final interview and presentation for up to five finalists in the live final.
This competition aims to support and encourage young people into essential pathways, eliminating financial shortcomings and assisting them to overcome personal, social and professional barriers to achieve their ambitions.
Please find the approximate schedule below, you can arrive any time between 1pm – 1:40pm.
Where are we?
Millennium Point is located in the Eastside of Birmingham City Centre, minutes away from Moor Street Station and major city centre transport links. For directions, please visit this page.
Meet The Finalists
Following a record number of applications, we are delighted to present our finalists.
Each finalist has been tasked with creating a 5-minute response to the following question: “With your chosen subject/industry in mind, identify one problem in the West Midlands and how you would go about solving it”
Our judges will mark the finalists based on their initial application, an interview conducted this morning and the presentation which you will see at the Live Final.
All finalists receive support from the scholarship team in the run-up to the final, including a workshop and guidance to develop their confidence and public speaking skills. Following the final, finalists are offered coaching sessions and a workshop to help build their plan for their future.
Millennium Point is also working to provide work experience and mentorship opportunities with organisations to help start their career. If you or your organisation are interested then please ask a member of staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to study BSc (Hons) Real Estate
Speaking on “Affordable Housing and Equitable Wealth”
“I love creating change, travelling and meeting new people. Helping people unlock their full potential and creatively resolving issues make me happy. I am interested in solution focused results for members of community who are vulnerable, unheard or spoken for and including them in the dialogue and solution for matters that impact them.”
Looking to study BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Speaking on “Flooding: Fighting the Natural”
“Motorsport has been a lifelong passion my Extended Project Qualification where I spoke about the impact of safety within Formula One. I would like to inspire the next generation of engineers through my work, especially as the need for female engineers is growing. This applies heavily to motorsport where most engineers are male.”
Looking to study BSc (Hons) Construction Management
Speaking on “The Lack of Sustainability in the Demand for Housing”
“I want to pursue a career as a Construction Manager to make a positive change. Going into a male dominated field would clearly be a challenge for me as a young female, but that’s the beauty of it, I get to do something I love whilst inspiring other women to consider going into such a wonderful widespread industry”
Looking to study BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics
Speaking on “Image-Based Sexual Abuse is a bigger problem than we think”
“I want to study Computer Forensics as it will lead to a career which allows me to assist Law Enforcement with solving cyber-crime and ensuring that vulnerable users like children cannot be exploited. I want to tackle key issues in the sector, starting from the West Midlands, then working my way up to the UK.”
Looking to study BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology
Speaking on “The Hunt for Truth: Fact or Fiction”
“I’m fascinated with the way technology works and I want to be able to use it to bring to life stories surrounding the key issues, especially in the West Midlands. My end goal is to get a degree, industry contacts and make a real difference to the lives of people, even if it’s through a somewhat unconventional way. “
Meet The Judges
The five-strong panel will be headed by Professor Hanifa Shah, Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE), which is to host the winning student on one of its 20+ undergraduate courses.
Prof Shah will be joined by Katie Burnell, Account Manager at consulting and infrastructure support services giant Amey Consulting PLC; Faye Pressly, Chief Operating Officer at technology contractor Vanti; Tim Kay, Sector Lead, technology and media at professional services firm KPMG; and Martino Giaquinto, Partner and specialists construction and engineering lawyer at legal firm, Mills & Reeve.
The panel will hear from five finalists, all of whom are vying for a life-changing scholarship.
Mills & Reeves
Martino is a partner and head of the firm’s construction and energy disputes practice. He holds a Doctor of Law degree and was the winner and finalist respectively of The Legal 500 Real Estate Individual of the Year Awards for the regions in 2019 and 2020. Martino is a finalist in the Partner of the Year BLS Awards 2020.
Amey Consulting Plc
Katie leads Amey Consulting’s Highways Design Team in Birmingham. Katie has a demonstrated history in leadership, programme management and change management within the highways industry and within civil engineering consultancy and has recently achieved her PG Cert in Leadership in the Roads Sector.
Chief Operating Officer
Faye is a people-focused business leader and COO for Vanti, one of the UK’s only Master System Integrators with a Smart Building reference site. She is also Chair of the Silicon Canal ‘Women in Tech’ working group and part of the CompTIA Exec Council.
Faye is a people-focused business leader and COO for Vanti, one of the UK’s only Master System Integrators with a Smart Building reference site. She is Chair of the Silicon Canal ‘Women in Tech’ working group, part of the CompTIA Exec Council and in Jan 2019 she created DIDFest – a month long city-wide festival in Birmingham.
Sector Lead – Tech & Media
Tim is a Director at KPMG in the UK and has spent the last 20 years advising technology and media companies from start-ups to Fortune 10 on topics as diverse as procurement, growth strategies and international expansion. He currently has a leading role in the firm’s Emerging Giants initiative, the programme by KPMG to work with the most ambitious high growth companies, with a particular focus on technology, investment, and corporates.
Pro Vice-Chancellor & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment
Birmingham City University
Hanifa Shah is Pro Vice-Chancellor & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU). She serves on the University’s Executive Group which is the key decision-making body of the University. She has held lectureship, readership, professorship and executive leadership positions in Computing and Engineering departments at Aston, Staffordshire and BCU, and a Visiting Professorship at Manchester University.
Meet the Speakers
Abbie leads the team at Millennium Point, her focus being driving the commercial strategy as a landlord and events provider, to generate funds to meet the charitable objective of supporting the regional STEM agenda. In 2019 alone, the charitable trust contributed over £5m in charitable outputs back into the region. She is passionate about supporting and promoting STEM, recently challenging business leaders to create as many opportunities as possible to support our future generation of innovators and strives to encourage positive change in STEM education.
PROF. NICK MORTON
Associate Dean (Student Experience)
Birmingham City University
Nick is currently Associate Dean for Student Learning Experience & Academic Quality at Birmingham City University’s faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment, and previously Head of Birmingham School of the Built Environment. He was elected Vice-Chair of the UK’s Council of Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE) in 2012. In recognition of his innovative classroom teaching and track record in curriculum development, he is the Award-holder of the three leading UK benchmarks of excellence and esteem in learning and teaching: National Teaching Fellow 2006; Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2016; and CATE (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) 2019
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