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Innovations Awards

A celebration of Welsh Design & Technology, recognising and rewarding the next generation of innovators.

Working in conjunction with the Welsh Government, our Innovations Awards encourage young people in Wales to be technologically innovative and appreciate the importance of design and technology.

Come and see this year's Innovators at the Innovations Awards 2019:

SSE Swalec Cardiff: Monday, September 30th from 9:30-5pm and Tuesday, October 1st from 9:30-3pm.

Bangor University: Monday, October 14th from 9:30-5pm and Tuesday, October 15th from 9:30-3pm.

LLast year's Awards

2018 Award Winners

GCSE Winner: Lisa Evans - Ysgol Bro Pedr AS Level Winner: Harri Tulliver - Ysgol  Brynrefail A Level Winner and Overall Winner : Iwan Tomos - Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr/ Bryntawe Creativity Category: Libby Weeks - Stanwell School Intellectual Property Category: Zoe Hughes - Ysgol Eirias CAD/CAM Category: Aiden O' Leary - Ysgol Eirias

For the GCSE, AS and A level categories, the prizes were:


£250 for the winning student and £150 for the centre


£150 for the winning student and £125 for the centre


£100 for the winning student and £100 for the centre

A look back at the 2018 Innovations Awards Ceremony

Students, teachers and parents from schools and colleges across the country gathered at the Senedd to find out the winners of the best inventions in the A level, AS level and GCSE categories. The ceremony was held on the 5th of December and was attended by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Roderic Gilespie, WJEC Chief Executive. Iwan Tomos, 19, from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Swansea won the overall winner and A level prize for his ergometer – a piece of rowing equipment used to warm up, which was inspired by his own experience as a rower and designed to combat common problems his team and coaches had with the warm-up equipment they used. Further information on each winner is available from our latest news section.
Innovations 2018

Presentations from the event 

You can access all the presentations from the event by clicking one of the links below.  Innovations Presentation  Ideation and Innovation - Bangor University  Modelling in Product Design  Intellectual Property  The Need For New Design - Cardiff Metropolitan University 

Press and news from the event

'Libby takes innovation prize at the Senedd' - The Glamorgan Gem December 2018 'Next generation of young Welsh inventors celebrated at 20th annual Innovation Awards' - News from Wales, Wales Business News  'Innovation Awards 2018' Hwb, Digital Learning for Wales Or you can also see our Facebook page

Quotes from previous Innovations Awards

"The awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating the success of our students in Wales. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries this year and would like to congratulate our award winners for their outstanding work." Steve Howells, WJEC Design and Technology Subject Officer

"The Innovation Awards recognises the very best in creativity and design amongst the many talented students we have in Wales. Encouraging innovation is one of the best ways in which we can ensure a strong, sustainable economic future for Wales. I congratulate all those who have taken part in the competition and it is very encouraging to see such a high standard of entries." Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport

University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Swansea College of Art

UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is situated in the heart of Swansea, one of the UK’s most vibrant yet affordable student cities. Our extensive range of art and design courses occupy the new £14 million ALEX Design Exchange building and the £10 million Dynevor Centre in the heart of Swansea’s Arts Quarter. We have been providing art and design education since 1853 and today we continue to offer exciting contemporary design courses including Automotive Design, Transport Design, Product Design, Set Design, 3D Design Craft, Surface Pattern Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Advertising & Brand Design, Computer Games Design and 3D Computer Animation.

We have dedicated design studios with individual student workspaces, cutting edge workshops and technical facilities and a highly motivated and passionate team of staff who support and encourage you to be creative, forward thinking designers. So, if you have the ambition and talent to be a designer and want to make a real and tangible impact on the world around you then visit our website and take a look at the courses we have to offer or speak to our staff and student ambassadors at the WJEC Innovations Awards event.




Contact Us

Steve Howells – DT Subject Officer
029 2026 5017
Rob Tripp – DT Subject Support Officer
029 2240 4303

Jonathan Thomas – PR Manager
029 2026 5102