Congratulations Sophie Watkins from Derby University, Winner of a Woman Who Achieves Rising Star in Further Education or Training Award 2019 and is particular for her studies in the Creative World, Sponsored by Imaginate Creative

Sophie is a confident, bright, personable young woman. Her love of art and design coupled with her quiet determination to succeed has brought Sophie incredible achievements to date.

From running a small business while still at school to graduating from Warwickshire College, hosting events for Socially Shared Women’s Network, volunteering for CovHour, providing graphic design support to Socially Shared and winning the Dean’s Award in her first year at Derby University, Sophie never backs away from hard work and a learning opportunity.

Sophie’s personable manner and attention to detail makes her a great asset to businesses with which she works.

Congratulations Sophie!


It is amazing to see the achievements of our Rising Stars of the future who are currently studying at School, College or University or starting careers on a recognised Training Programme or Apprenticeship. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to all the 2019 Rising Star Finalists:

  • Rebecca Akers, Capellas Nurseries
  • Francesca Graff, Myton School
  • Alexis Griffin, Rolls Royce
  • Stephanie Haynes, HORIBA MIRA
  • Hayley Holland, Warwickshire College Group
  • Marie Isaacs, JLR
  • Imogen Lomas, Kingsley School
  • Martha Sandford, Kings High
  • Sophie Watkins, Derby University