Virtual and augmented reality academic and TGRG client Tara Collingwoode-Williams has been nominated for the Aimhigher Practitioner Awards in the prestigious Inspire category. 

These awards recognise the outstanding efforts of individuals within schools, colleges, higher education institutions, and local authorities who go above and beyond to promote and facilitate widening participation.

Tara is part of a new wave of specialists ushering us into the metaverse and disrupts the traditional perceptions of a ‘techie’. As part of an emerging group of STEM specialists, she’s fast becoming one to watch in the virtual and augmented reality sector. Currently completing her PhD as part of the IGGI (Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence), Tara is also developing the next generation of technological minds as a Lecturer in Computing at the famous Goldsmiths University in London.

Tara’s work goes beyond her lecturing at Goldsmiths and is involved in a number of projects including the creation of the Black XR Network (BXRN) which was established as a platform for Black creatives and XR enthusiasts to connect, collaborate and share knowledge.

The winners of the Aimhigher Practitioner Awards will be announced at a ceremony in July, where leaders and practitioners from the education sector will gather to celebrate the achievements of those who have made a significant impact in widening participation efforts.

Tara Collingwoode-Williams’ nomination serves as a reminder of the transformative power of education and the crucial role individuals can play in creating a more equitable society. Her commitment to fostering inclusivity inspires others and serves as a shining example of the positive impact one person can make in the lives of many.