Vote for UNNC PhD researchers in People’s Choice, U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

28 July 2021

This year we invite you to cast your vote for your favourite entry in the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge! Your vote will help determine one of the three overall winners.

U21 has received 28 excellent entries for this year’s Innovation Challenge competition which supports and prepares U21 students for the world of work by allowing them to consider and respond to real workplace challenges.

People's Choice Vote now open!

You can view their responses and vote in People’s Choice by clicking on the link below. Voting is open until Friday 20th August.

Graduate School would like to encourage all UNNC colleagues and students to participate in voting and please do support our outstanding doctoral researchers:

Phoebe Miles, FHSS, UNNC

Camen Teh, NUBS, UNNC

Yue Zhao, FHSS, UNNC

Vote Link

Competition Finalists

U21 has received 28 excellent entries and 10 have been selected to be put forward to the PwC Judges:



Weizhen Xue

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Eunice OreOluwa Fasan

University College Dublin

Samardeepsingh Sarna

McMaster University

Syed Muhammad Shamaim Ali

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Camen Teh

University of Nottingham

Phoebe Miles

University of Nottingham

Martha Victoria Jimenez Sandoval

University of Queensland

Leng Han

University of Queensland

Yue Zhao

University of Nottingham

Nakisani Jesca Liphadzi

University of Johannesburg


This year’s challenge

This year’s challenge asked graduate students to respond to the recent Upskilling for Shared Prosperity report by the World Economic Forum and PwC, that makes the case for providing employees with learning and development opportunities to expand their horizons while minimising skills gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the global economy in ways we could not have imagined and has further exposed the inadequacies of our current economic structures and highlights a growing mismatch between people’s current skills and those needed for the jobs at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The skills gap is widening and causing greater inequality in the workplace.

Taking these issues into account, graduate students from across the network were asked to submit 3-minute videos with suggestions for an initiative that can be undertaken by governments and/or businesses and/or education providers to help improve and maintain shared and sustainable prosperity.

Vote for UNNC PhD researchers in People’s Choice, U21/PwC Innovation Challenge