WINNER: Matthew Applegate, Creative Computing ClubUnsung Hero of the Year - winner

Alongside teaching and lecturing, Matthew has set up the Creative Computing Club, which inspires young people to learn to code. He puts the development of tech teaching at the front of everything he does, and inspires young people who haven’t engaged with traditional education, providing encouragement, support, and new avenues to explore. From being safe online, to supporting them through GCSEs and IGCSEs, Matthew makes the club fun and informative and sees the potential in individual students. Parents say that he has supported and inspired their children, and improved their confidence and self-esteem, to become creators of games, and aspire to university study and future careers in computing.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Josie Hughes, Co-space Robotics

Whilst working on her PhD Josie has volunteered her time to organise, promote and support the running of RoboCup Junior (the Junior arm of RoboCup – The World’s Largest Robotics Competition) in the UK. To engage students in computing and engineering, she has developed resources and sessions for students to come and learn about coding and computer simulations. This accumulates in an annual national competition, which is now so big it runs over two days and was attended by more than 200 pupils this year. Through this competition, a number of school teams from Suffolk have had the opportunity to represent the UK in international competitions in China, Brazil and Austria.


  • Julie Moore, Hartest Pre-school

A retired teacher, Julie has given up her time to volunteer at the pre-school for more than five years since relocating from London to rural Suffolk. Her knowledge and experience from teaching reception class, has been of great benefit to the children’s learning, and she was praised by Ofsted for her good quality interaction with the children. She was immediately popular with the children, and is a valued member of the pre-school team, supporting all of their events throughout the year and even caring the for the setting’s pet fish during the summer holidays.