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Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent Award for Engineering

The GDST Emerging Talent Award was launched three years ago as part of our commitment to support alumnae in their lives beyond school. It is aimed at former students who need financial assistance to realise big ideas in particular fields, and in 2017 the focus of the award was engineering.

Winners for 2017 Announced

Winner 2017

Emilie Weaving

We are delighted to announce that Emilie Weaving (Shrewsbury High School, 2008) will receive the award this year and will use the funding to develop her career as a mechanical engineer. Her passion for motorcycles was contagious and she impressed the panel with this passion and her determination to succeed in a male dominated career. We are pleased to have been able to help her to develop her long-term career plans

Runner up 2017

Leila Brown

Leila Brown (Notting Hill and Ealing, 2011), was a close runner up with her work as rehabilitation engineer with the NHS. Due to the award she will be able to attend an additional conference as part of her elective in New Zealand. The judges felt she wonderfully demonstrated how she transferred her passion for academics studies into medical engineering, fulfilling her goal of helping others.

Please keep an eye out for further information on next year’s award

Previous winners

Winner 2016

Rachel Singer

Rachel is a graduate of Kingston University (Graphic Design, 1st class), and is currently studying at the Savile Row Academy, where she is learning traditional tailoring skills including cutting bespoke patterns, fitting customers and creating pieces by hand, employing traditional techniques which have been used since the 18th century. Rachel’s ambition is to eventually open her own house on Savile Row, offering bespoke tailoring to women. She will use the £3,000 award to purchase essential tailoring equipment which will enable her to build a home studio and take on private commissions, helping build her skills and profile.

On winning the award, Rachel said, “I am so grateful to the GDST for helping me buy the equipment I need to grow my bespoke tailoring business. My eventual goal is to open a bespoke women’s tailors on Savile Row and it feels really special for the GDST, where my ambitions started, to kindly support my future.”

We received a high number of applications for the 2016 award, and a special mention also goes to the two other finalists, Charlotte Tyson (Brighton and Hove High School), a Visual Effects Artist and Saskia Roddick (Brighton and Hove High School), co-founder of the Quarter Club, a networking group for women in the creative arts; both gave excellent presentations and impressed the judges.

Thanks also go to our generous sponsors and judges, without whom the award would not be possible.

Winner 2015

Zita Jessop

The winner of the GDST Emerging Talent Award for Technology was Zita Jessop, an alumna of South Hampstead High School. She gave a well prepared and expertly pitched presentation on her medical research work to the alumnae judging panel.

Zita is undertaking a PHD in ‘Biofabrication of a new class of auricular cartilage constructs’ at Swansea University and is a Plastic Surgery Registrar. The panel, made up of alumnae and a GDST representative, were impressed with her passion and potential to be a role model to women, as well as the impact of her work on medical technology.

Zita has been awarded £3,000 to help fund her travel and time at conferences during her PHD. This will include spending time at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, USA next year. She will also be able to use the Award to help with further funding proposals to the UK and EU. 

Zita said, "I feel very privileged to receive this award, which will play a pivotal role in developing the technology to engineer new tissue for clinical use by plastic and reconstructive surgeons."

A very close runner-up was Charlotte Burmester, an alumna of the Royal High School, Bath, who is now based in rural South Australia and has set up her own IT support business. Charlotte works in local schools to provide IT and classroom support and runs IT lessons within the local community. She will use her award of £1,000 to run further discounted lessons, get further training so she can run certified IT courses in the community, and purchase equipment to improve her business.