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SIE Announce Scotland’s 2019-20 Innovation Champions

Today saw a special online event to recognise the 59 students from across Scotland who achieved the highest level of the Scottish Innovative Students Award (SISA) programme in the 2019-20 academic year.

The successful recipients of the SISA Level 3 award have earned the title SISA Innovation Champion.

The online event covered how to make the most of the competencies they developed during the programme and how they can apply them successfully in the future; in ongoing studies, as valuable employees, or as innovative entrepreneurs.

The challenge for the SISA 2019-20 programme was inspired by the United Nations Sustainability Goals (SDGs), which the Scottish Government has committed to since 2015. The SDGs encourage a sustainable future for all, recognising that tackling climate change and preserving natural spaces must go hand in hand with tackling poverty and deprivation.

Participating in the event were speakers from IBM, the Institute of Directors and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, who all emphasised how the competencies the students developed through the programme are valued by employers. Students also heard from Stuart McNab, a graduate now working for Ernst & Young about his experience.

Speaking about their achievement, Fiona Godsman, Chief Executive of SIE, said:

“The students, and their universities, should be very proud of the hard work it has taken to reach the highest level of the SISA programme, and this is just the beginning for our new Innovation Champions. With their experience of tackling the UN SDGs, recognising their importance and the interconnectedness of global issues, they can take their new skills & ideas out to the wider world and act as a positive force for good. We look forward to seeing the impact they will have.”

The 2019 – 20 Student Innovation Champions in full:

Adda Ingemann Petersen University of Strathclyde
Adrian Hernandez University of Aberdeen
Adzfar Aziz University of Strathclyde
Aleksandra Sonia Romanczuk University of Aberdeen
Alexander Herrington Glasgow Caledonian University
Alvaro Rafael Martinez Moreno University of Aberdeen
Ashan Sasitha Abeyratne University of Stirling
Austine Okolo Ogochukwu Glasgow Caledonian University
Bartosz Grabski Robert Gordon University
Cameron Moggach University of Strathclyde
Chimezie Marvin Akuagwuagwu University of Aberdeen
Connor O’Neill University of Strathclyde
Davide Rendina Robert Gordon University
Eilidh McDade University of Aberdeen
Emily Paton Glasgow School of Art
Emma Lawford University of Aberdeen
Erika Pinto Robert Gordon University
Erin Smith Robert Gordon University
Fanechka Fernandes Glasgow School of Art
Haishan Wang University of Stirling
Hannah Rhodes University of Aberdeen
Hermione Morris University of the Highlands and Islands
Irina-Cristina Bogdan Robert Gordon University
Ivana Dragicevic Robert Gordon University
Ivana Krizova Robert Gordon University
Jordan Sullivan Glasgow Caledonian University
Keitumetse Mosweu University of Stirling
Lauren Ferguson Robert Gordon University
Lei En University of Glasgow
Lewis Henderson University of Strathclyde
Lindsay Gavine Robert Gordon University
Lucia da Vinci Robert Gordon University
Lucy McInally Glasgow School of Art
Marlyn Yoselin Caballero Carvajal University of Dundee
Megan Barr University of Stirling
Monica Diaz Fraga Robert Gordon University
Nghiep Lucy University of Aberdeen
Oluwadamilare Opeyemi Aluko University of Strathclyde
Omotara Lydia Fagbuyi Robert Gordon University
Pedro Domínguez Balderas University of Aberdeen
Robert Greig Glasgow Caledonian University
Ryan Lenagh University of Strathclyde
Ryan Mulholland University of Glasgow
Sai Paresh Goklani Glasgow School of Art
Sandy Barsoum Glasgow School of Art
Sarina Kosewsky-Griffiths University of Aberdeen
Sergio Castillo Morales Robert Gordon University
Shaima Khaled Ebrahim Mohamed Ali Malalla University of Dundee
Siddharth Kenia Robert Gordon University
Sophie zur Wickern Robert Gordon University
Stephen Smith Glasgow School of Art
Sylwia Michalak Glasgow School of Art
Temitope Ojewola University of Aberdeen
Thomas Drescher University of Strathclyde
Tilman Kratzer Glasgow School of Art
Tylor Webb Robert Gordon University
Usman Liaqat University of Stirling
William Brownlie University of the West of Scotland
Yumna Arif Heriot-Watt University

SISA was developed by SIE in partnership with four of Scotland’s Innovation Centres; the Datalab, CENSIS, CS-IC, and the Digital Health & Care Institute. The programme will run again in Academic Year 2020/21.

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(Pictured: Students attending a SISA Level 2 workshop in Dundee earlier this year).

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