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Awards and Alumnae Success

Wall of Fame

  • Kathryn Heywood: Started a new job as Head of Business Intelligence at JISC
  • Rituja Rao: Awarded a Women on Boards Bursary
  • Fareeha Usman: Won We are the City Rising Star Award
  • Shakirah Mustapha-Tahir: Became a Board Trustee and blogger at Being Woman
  • Winona Sharpe: Started a new job as a Junior Release Associate at Double Eleven Ltd
  • Paula Wilson: Started a new job as Innovation Developer at Code Nation
  • Catherine Lawlor: Started a new job as a Junior Developer with Durham Constabulary
  • Angela Lynch: Became a Board Trustee at Being Woman
  • Shakirah Mustapha-Tahir: Started a new job as Content Manager at HR in One
  • Judith Nathanial: Awarded a DrupalCon Scholarship
  • Maaly Alkarake: Awarded a DrupalCon Scholarship
  • Muma Sinkala: Awarded a DrupalCon Scholarship
  • Angela Lynch: Elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts
  • Natalia Marek: Started a Developer Apprenticeship with Infinity Works
  • Rituja Rao: Won Future Stars of Tech IT Manager Award
  • Nina Ma: Shortlisted for Digital Hero of the Year at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards
  • Kirsty Devlin: Launched a new business venture Thermokits
  • Jennifer Calland: Awarded a place to study an MSc in Big Data Analytics at Edge Hill University
  • Lucy Sutton: Promoted to Associate Delivery Manager at the Department for Education
  • Jennifer Calland: Started a new job as a Google Certified Platform Engineer at Cloud Technology Solutions
  • Jennifer Calland: Nominated for a TechWomen100 Award
  • Amy Woodget: New job as Lead Advisor in Earth Observation for the Civil Service
  • Katherine Iveson: New job as a Data Analyst for HMRC
  • Zoe Kelman: New job as a Digital Technology Solutions Apprentice at AJ Bell
  • Sarah Berry: New job on the Systems Helpdesk for the NHS with Arden & GEM
  • Fareeha Usman: New job as a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Dynamo North East
  • Fareeha Usman: Won at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020
  • Benedicta Banga: Launched her app Blaqbase
  • Paula Wilson: Awarded a place on the graduate programme at Thoughtworks


TechUP and TechUP alumnae have been recognised for their achievements through numerous award wins, nominations and speaking opportunities.

Northern Power Women AwardsJohanna WaiteNominatedMarch 2023
TechWomen100TechWomen100 – Johanna WaiteWinnerDecember 2022
Northern Power Women AwardsInnovationShortlistedDecember 2020
TechWomen100NominatedNovember 2020
Dynamo AwardsWe are the City Rising Star – Fareeha Usman (TechUP Women)WinnerOctober 2020
Dynamo AwardsSkills DeveloperCommendedOctober 2020
Dynamo AwardsDiversity and InclusionWinnerOctober 2020
Great British Entrepreneur AwardsFareeha Usman (TechUP Women)WinnerSeptember 2020
Equals in Tech AwardsSkillsNominatedSeptember 2020
TechWomen100TechWomen100 – Jennifer Calland (TechUP Women)NominatedAugust 2020
TechforGood AwardsEducationNominatedJuly 2020
Digital Technology Leaders AwardsDigital Hero of the Year – Nina Ma (TechUP Women)ShortlistedJuly 2020
Future Stars of TechIT Manager Award – Rijuja Rao (TechUP Women)WinnerJuly 2020
Digital Agenda Impact AwardsEmployment and SkillsWinnerJune 2020
National Diversity AwardsCommunity OrganisationNominatedMarch 2020
Durham University Impact and Engagement AwardsTechnical and CommercialHighly CommendedNovember 2019