In addition to her excellent academic results, Kayla’s nomination towards the award by the Department of Informatics was supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities including the creation of a ‘buddy scheme’ to support first year students, extensive involvement in the Women in STEM society, her work as an undergraduate teaching assistant and involvement in the Student Staff Liaison and Department Education Committees as a student representative.
On winning the award, Kayla commented;
I'm just as honored to have won this award as I am to have been nominated for it! It was an honor to meet the members of the WCIT and the other nominees. I'm also very thankful for my Professor Jeroen Keppens, who attended the awards ceremony with me and has been an incredible source of support for myself and for many other students. The Department of Informatics has incredible professors – it's great to see how much they care about students succeeding and being recognized for their achievements.”–
The WCIT University Information Technology Awards were created in 2014 to recognise outstanding undergraduate and taught postgraduate IT students within the UK. With these awards, the WCIT Charity hopes to encourage students to pursue careers in IT, encourage an entrepreneurial and charitable ethos among those students, and give financial help to students on IT courses. Criteria for the award included academic excellence, overcoming adversity, entrepreneurial skills, and contribution to charity or community.