Leicester student in the running to win national award

A student from Leicester College has made it into the final shortlist to win a national award and a sponsored undergraduate degree, worth over £27,000

Hamza Daud, currently studying for his BTEC Level 3 in Business and Computing, was entered into Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize by his tutor, Diane Merryweather. Now in its third year, Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize encourages students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) courses, and ensures that everyone has a chance to reach higher education, regardless of their background or financial circumstances.

Up against six students from across the UK, Hamza is now in with a chance of winning a S.T.E.M. themed degree at Birmingham City University.

Born in Leicester, 18-year-old Hamza has a great passion for computing, and is already well versed in programming language and coding. His knowledge of specialist software programmes has also helped further his love of photography and art, and helped him win a local art competition.

Hamza said: “The concept of the Young Innovator Prize is life changing. University is all I’ve thought about for months, but the fees are, of course, a huge worry. Winning this prize would change my future, so I’m very excited for finals night.”

Diane Merryweather, Computer Science teacher at Leicester College, said: “Hamza deserves his place in the Young Innovator Prize final. He is a very bright and suitable candidate, but his willingness to learn and constantly challenge himself is why he has reached this far.”

Neil Anderson, director of strategy and brand at Millennium Point, added: “Each year the process of shortlisting the finalists gets harder. With the prize being so significant, the level of entries is of an extremely high standard. However, Hamza’s ideas and attitude, paired with his teachers’ testimonies made him a standout candidate. I wish him, and all the other finalists, the best of luck with their presentations.”

The final of the Young Innovator Prize takes place in Birmingham on Thursday 16th March, where Hamza will be required to make a short presentation to a panel of judges. Should Hamza be successful, he will go on to study his chosen subject, Computer Science, at Birmingham City University in September.