The UCL Academy Celebrates Its First Critchley Scholars

The Academy is honoured and delighted to announce today (26th September) the school’s first ever Critchley Scholars, Ema Hoxha and Iman Noah.

These two Level 3 (Year 12) students were chosen from a group of high achieving female students to receive support and mentoring from Elizabeth Critchley, a successful businesswoman and a Partner of Ripplewood Advisors Limited. The Academy has worked with Elizabeth, a UCL alumnus, over the past year to design a program of talks and visits for our highest achieving female students in Level 2+ (Year 11).

Ema Hoxha said: “I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be a Critchley Scholar. It has rewarded my hard work and has further encouraged me to maintain that work ethic while studying for my A levels. I am looking forward towards the guidance and mentoring I will receive which will help me develop skills required in the future.”


Iman Noah said: “I am honoured to be granted this opportunity as it’s helped to put me in a position where I can develop a prosperous future as well as, hopefully, inspiring more young girls to endeavour in STEM.”

Robin Street, Co-Principal at the Academy said: “The scholarship aims to inspire these students to be ambitious, confident and successful in their studies and chosen line of work. We are honoured that the Critchley Scholarship has now been confirmed as a formal award to two students each year.”

Elizabeth Critchley said: “I am delighted to be able to help The UCL Academy, as an Alumni of UCL, with the scholarship programme. Under the inspirational leadership of Co-Principals Simon McBride and Robin Street, The UCL Academy has great long-term ambition. I believe the programme will help to demonstrate, not only to those who are selected for it, but also more broadly, that the only ceiling to achievement is your own ambition.”

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