March 3, 2020, by Lisa Chin

U21/PwC Innovation Challenge 2019/20

This post is written by Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Manager.

2019/20 marked the second time that University of Nottingham is taking part in the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge competition.

U21/PwC Innovation Challenge is an international university competition and global opportunity to showcase researcher skills to Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) and its client base, via a short 3-minute video clip response to a pre-set challenge. U21/PwC competition winners will unlock and have access to unique training and professional development opportunities with one of the world’s leading employers. The competition aims to help research students:

  • develop their academic, critical thinking, presentation, and research communication skills

  • support them to distil and effectively explain their research or insight into contemporary, globally important work-related issues within a three-minute window, in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience

  • prepare for and produce a self-made 3-minute video clip addressing global work-related challenges

This year’s pre-set challenge question were:

How can universities help individuals gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?

Over the duration of January to February 2020, two internal rounds took place. The first internal round was to find our UNM representatives while the second internal round was a tri-campus round to find 4 finalists to represent the University of Nottingham at the U21/PwC finals.

The UNM internal round was won by Kho Xiang Juan from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. As the UNM winner, Xiang Juan has won RM 1,500 conference fund that she can utilise to attend any conference of her choosing. On behalf of the Graduate School, I congratulate her on winning the UNM round and being our representative at the tri-campus round.

A total of 10 entries took part at the tri-campus round. It was a highly competitive review process and after careful review of all entries, the panel declared Andrea Alice Konta, Francois Seys, Deepesh Chathuranga Jayasekara and Sen Yang as University of Nottingham finalist for the U21/PwC final round.

We wish Andrea, Francois, Deepesh and Sen all the best as they compete at the U21/PwC final round.

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