The WCIT’s 103rd Business Lunch on the 20th February, held in the stunning Wax Chandlers’ Hall in the City of London, was the platform for our 2019 Outstanding Information Technology Students Awards.
The overall winner, who received an award of £1,000 towards their studies, was Rachel Lee Mekhtieva, a final-year student from Imperial College, London reading for a joint degree in Mathematics and Computing.
The awards were created to recognise outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate IT students within the UK. In doing so, we hope to encourage students to pursue careers in IT, to encourage an entrepreneurial and charitable ethos among those students, and, more pragmatically, to give financial help to students on IT courses.
Criteria for the award included academic excellence, overcoming adversity, entrepreneurial skills, and contribution to charity or community.
Twelve universities selected a candidate and provided a written citation in support of their nomination. Of these, individuals from five universities made the competitive shortlist for the final:
- University of Bolton – Christine Banda
- University of Hertfordshire– Mitchelle Sanghvi
- Imperial College, London – Rachel Lee Mekhtieva
- Oxford University – Catherine Vlasov
- Royal Holloway, University of London – Chloe Houlihan
The four other worthy finalists, from Bolton, Hertfordshire, Oxford and Royal Holloway, each received an award of £250 towards their continuing IT studies.
The judging panel included the WCIT’s Master, Lady Parmley (Wendy); the Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators, Dr Lis Goodwin; the City of London Alderman and Sheriff, Vincent Keaveny; the WCIT Charity Chairman, Mrs Jo Connell OBE DL; the WCIT Deputy Master Dr Stefan Fafinski; and our Chairman of Grant-Giving, Mr Gary Moore.
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