Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton lead the generation of BrightSparks Leave a comment

We are now collecting entries for the 2020 programme, in partnership with RS Grassroots, and it is interesting to view the previous cohorts in terms of academic background. We would love to receive nominations from other universities, too, of course.

If you would like to nominate yourself or an equally deserving colleague, please complete our shortish form.

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While Edinburgh University has been the alma mata of five BrightSparks and Southampton of four, a select group of universities rank for three: the University of Manchester, the University of Glasgow, the University of Warwick and Imperial College London.

Not all BrightSparks follow a strict academic route, it must be emphasised; there is also a strong theme of entrepreneurship, college educated technicians and community engagement for STEM education. Different strokes for different folks. Let us hear your achievements.

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The search is on

Now in its fifth year, the EW BrightSparks programme is searching for engineers under the age of 30 who are working or studying in the UK – so those who are still in the early stages of their career and who will be the people shaping UK electronics in the years to come.

Clive Couldwell“The previous BrightSparks have been so inspiring, with such a diversity and range of achievements, we are delighted to continue the EW BrightSparks programme, in partnership with RS Components,” said Clive Couldwell, group editor of Electronics Weekly (pictured).

“The hunt is on to find the class of 2022 and we hope our readers will help to nominate worthy young friends or colleagues to ensure their work receives the celebration it deserves.”

This year, we are particularly interested to hear from those who have:

– Applied electronics know-how in the field of sustainability and the environment

– Started their own electronics business

– Demonstrated ingenious ways of safeguarding health or preventing the spread of Covid-19

– Participated in STEM activities to spread knowledge, information and understanding

Nominations must be received by 1 April 2022, so start your entries now!


The wider context behind the EW BrightSparks programme is that by highlighting and celebrating the existing achievements of the most talented young people in the electronics industry we can help inspiring and encouraging new entrants to the industry.

This is particularly important in the context of the industry’s well-publicised skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of STEM and engineering-related subjects.

As in previous years, the BrightSparks and their companies will be highlighted in Electronics Weekly throughout the subsequent year, both online and in print.

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Diary dates

Three dates are already firmly in the diary.

  • Nomination Deadline – Friday 1 April 2022 
  • Judges Day – 29 April 2022
  • Awards Ceremony – 17-June 2022, Savoy Place, London, IET

The Judges Day will be held on 29 April 2022, to make the final selection for the class of 2022 from all the submitted entries.

The big day itself, the Awards Day, will be held on 17 June 2022, for the selected EW BrightSparks to receive their awards, along with the class of 2020, which missed an awards ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions.

EW BrightSparks of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

Take a look at the achievements of all the previous EW BrightSparks. Simply scroll down through the years to read the individual series of impressive achievements. here’s often a video interview, too.

View the individual profiles here (further down the page).


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