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The 2023 Wales STEM Awards ceremony was held on Friday (13/10), and M-SParc was nominated in the STEM Educational Programme of the Year category.

Hosted by broadcaster Sian Lloyd, the awards ceremony, which took place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel Cardiff, recognised the innovative STEM work being undertaken in Wales, addressing the diversity gap and skills shortage, and inspiring and raising the aspirations of the next generation.  

Competition was strong, as M-SParc was against Sony UK Technology Centre, Admiral Insurance UK, Thales, CNECT Wales and Gwynt Glas. It was fantastic to reach the shortlist, and an honour to be chosen as winners.

Emily Roberts, Outreach and Community Manager for M-SParc, said “We really didn’t expect to win, it was fantastic just to be shortlisted. This feels so rewarding after the months of hard work the team has put into developing the programme, and being able to now say that we are delivering an award-winning programme gives us real credibility. I’m so pleased that schools in north Wales are going to be the real beneficiaries of this, we’re confident that the impact of our work will continue to grow across the region.” 

Head judge Dr Louise Bright, founder of the Wales Women in STEM network, said: “The winners represent some of the most progressive organisations and individuals at the forefront of STEM innovation in Wales. The calibre of the businesses and individuals shortlisted for the awards was second to none and I’d like to congratulate all finalists.”

Co-Founder of Wales STEM Awards, Liz Brookes, Director of Grapevine Event Management said: “Our winners are pushing the boundaries of STEM innovation and helping address the diversity gap and skills shortage that exists. These organisations and individuals are an inspiration to our country and our next generation.”

M-SParc has been developing its STEM programme, working closely with local schools, local authority, and industry, to ensure the programme is tailor made for north Wales.

Find out more about STEM-SParc here.

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.