Education & Academia

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Education & Academia category, sponsored by University of Chicago Booth School of Business

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.


Shortlist in Education & Academia

Amanda Wilson | West College Scotland

I am a part time Lecturer in Computing at West College Scotland teaching games development. I also organise events for school children to encourage them to be more constructive and creative in games design to let them see they can be creators and not just consumers of games. My Mini Game Jam event developed out of my PhD research which is almost complete and looks at ways of implementing games construction into primary schools and the event is now heading into it’s 4th year within schools in Glasgow. Through work I have become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and I share my own practices with other teachers to encourage them in their teaching. When not working I am a STEM ambassador and I help out in my local primary school supporting ICT lessons and running an after-school computing club.

Amy Farrelly | Rugby School

For the past eleven years I have been working and teaching Fine Art Photography in the UK. Originally from Dallas, Texas, I came to the UK to start a new life in education and art and design. In the States, I have previously taught History, Journalism, and Photojournalism as well as working in the publishing industry for Harper Collins and Macmillan. Teaching and running a boarding house of fifty- one girls in one of the finest academic institutions in England has provided me the insight needed to deliver outstanding pastoral care as well as inspirational teaching. I believe a young person's successful academic and creative arts achievements require a solid foundation of nurtured support and care. My personal educational philosophy is to never stop learning and it is my intention to empower young people to use the visual and creative arts as a tool for lifelong learning and personal expression.

Anita Devi | Butterfly Colour

Anita Devi is an educational consultant, policy developer, change strategist and trainer with international teaching/ leadership experience from Early Years to postgraduate.  Her passion is promoting the ‘Joy of Learning’ through transformational leadership.

Brenda Neburagho | St Mathew Academy

The world around us is always changing and my experience is that education is the key to sharing opportunities and overcoming life’s challenges. This is why I joined the teaching profession at 21, straight after university.  I began teaching in Further Education, which meant that I was usually the youngest person in the classroom. 16 years later, my enthusiasm has matured into a responsibility as a leader to inspire and empower others through education.

My role is extremely varied. Whether that is in the classroom, teaching young people or training senior leaders at the Institute of Education. As well as being a full-time Deputy Head teacher, I am also a Leadership and Management coach. Continual learning for myself is very important. In 2005, I received a Masters in Health Education and Health promotion and am learning Web design and amateur astronomy.

Carrie Dunn | University of East London

I run the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism at the University of East London, and have worked in the past 12 months to improve the gender balance for our intake. In September 2015 we welcomed our new first years - 20 per cent are female (compared to 10 per cent the year before and none at all the year before that). I have loved my ten years so far as a sports journalist and very much want to encourage young women to consider it as a potential career.

I am also a freelance sports journalist who in 2015 covered the Women's World Cup for the Times and for During the tournament I guested on broadcast outlets including CNN, BBC Radio Five Live, LBC and BBC Radio London.

Faye Kilgour | Graydin

Faye Kilgour is a CTI trained coach who specialises in coaching aimed at improving communication and relationships in education and business. Faye is currently a Board Member of the professional women’s network 'Ladies in London' and a lead volunteer at a London based charity for homelessness. Before becoming a coach, Faye worked in corporate as a Senior PA and now mentors a number of her former junior colleagues. Faye travels up and down the UK, both training and coaching in schools, on her mission to transform education. Faye loves being of service to others and has built a career around that very passion.

Gemmer Crozier | Brother UK

I am a highly committed and enthusiastic 19 year old who is very hungry to learn.

My chosen route as an apprentice via The Apprentice Academy lead me to Brother UK where I started my Level 3 Apprenticeship. I quickly received a permanent contract, working a split role between the Executive office and Community Engagement Manager.

I coordinate internal and external communications, support local businesses on their key CSR projects and coordinate a large charity fund to local charitable groups.

I am a passionate Apprenticeship ambassador, engaging with schools and colleges locally, providing independent talks on my apprenticeship journey, one to one mentoring and supporting skills gap training. In 6 months I have reached out to over 800 students.

I sit on the Pride of Tameside Business Awards committee managing ticket revenue, enabling me to regularly network with over 100 local businesses, plus I attend many charity and PA networks.

Hasmita Chavda | Ignite!

I have worked in informal learning since the age of 16. I discovered my passion lay in increasing opportunities for young people to enable them to flourish.

Over the last 6 years I have been working with Ignite!, working to increase young people's and their families engagement and access to S.T.E.M education. Leading on developing 3-2-1-Ignition* one of UK's the first Science Pop Up Shops. Following which I developed Community Curiosity Labs - spaces where young people science learning is driven by questions in some of the hardest to reach areas of Nottingham.

Alongside my work with Ignite! I have worked on a range of other initiatives including running workshops in Dubai and Beirut with charity Spark and Mettle and the British Counci to help build soft skills in over 300 young people.

I am a trustee at young people's creative learning agency T.M.C and on the advisory board of Dragon Breath Theatre.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr | Which Phonics

Teachers saved my life. Being a poor, mixed race girl growing up in an abusive home then foster care I was destined to be a statistic. Teachers interrupted my trajectory by standing beside me in the fire of my chaotic life. They believed and invested in me, and encouraged me to look beyond 'I can't' to 'I can, and I damn well will!'
Today I'm teacher, Literacy Advisor and motivational speaker running my own business with a my vision of no child leaving school without the ability to read, write and spell. I share how teachers who exchange hope for expectation change lives can make a huge difference. See for more. Thank you!

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