St Alban’s student wins top innovation prize

Wednesday 18 March 2015

St Alban's student wins top innovation prize

A Year 13 student from St Alban’s Academy in Highgate was celebrating last night after winning the Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize - an initiative which has secured him a place on a sponsored undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).


Malik Sheryar-Karamat was one of four finalists at the event and his prize is a sponsored place on a mechanical engineering degree at Birmingham City University which he still start in September.


In collaboration with the British Science Association, STEMNET and the Association of Science Education, Millennium Point launched the initiative last year and identified schools in Birmingham whose Year 13 pupils would benefit most from financial assistance.  Each school then nominated students who they believed to be worthy of the prize.


Malik’s presentation addressed the question ‘Robots – will they kill us or save us’.  His talk was underpinned by sound scientific and mathematical knowledge and he showed great resilience and confidence when he faced the judges’ questions.


The judging panel was made up of Philip Singleton, CEO at Millennium Point, Paul Glennon, Assistant Director for Partnerships and Collaboration from Birmingham City University and Lauren Deere, Visitor Services Manager at Thinktank and Birmingham Museums.


Speaking after the event Malik said:


“Taking part in the Young Innovator Prize final has been so rewarding but to win the prize is definitely a dream come true. I am so thankful that I can carry on my passion for mechanical engineering at Birmingham City University.  I am very grateful to be given the opportunity, which will give me the chance to broaden my knowledge and expand my education and hopefully lead to a career in a science-based subject.”


Two of Malik’s school friends, three members of his family, and school staff were there to support him and were delighted with the result.


Sue Smith, Director of Post-16 Progression at St Alban’s Academy said:


“I am incredibly proud of Malik – I’m still buzzing!  It was such an exciting event and I would like to thank the organisers, as well as the staff at St Alban’s Academy for supporting Malik, and for offering their advice on his presentation.  Malik has worked incredibly hard during his time at St Alban’s and I am delighted that this prize will secure his future studies at Birmingham City University”.