Meet the Class of 2021

See the list of 30 incredible people we think have a bright future in UK radio and audio.  Read more.

Recognising the future talent of the UK radio and audio sector

The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 is our annual list of "the ones to watch".  Every year we unveil a list of 30 people under the age of 30 who have shown exceptional tenacity, talent and a proven trajectory in radio and audio.  They are the people who we think will lead our industry into a bright and bold future, demonstrating passion, skill, and an understanding of the medium that shows they have the future in their sights.

Since its launch in 2011, being included in the 30 Under 30 list has become established as one of the great honours of a young radio professional's career, with many alumni going on to senior leadership roles in the industry.  Alumni represent all areas of the sector, from production to presenting, engineering to live music, station sound to journalism - one thing unites them; they are the best of the best.

The Winners' Package

The main benefit of being included in the Reelworld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 is the prestige and recognition of your accomplishments in the industry to date.  With hundreds of applications each year, it's an extremely competitive process, and your inclusion will indicate to your colleagues, peers, and future employers that you're heading for big things.

You'll also receive a framed 30 Under 30 certificate, a ticket to The ARIAS, a ticket to The Radio Academy Festival, and free membership of The Radio Academy for a year.  Our aim is to engage you in Radio Academy events throughout the year, and we'll look for opportunities for you to speak, join a panel, or produce a session.  We'll also organise a 30 Under 30 social gathering, so the cohort can meet, exchange details, and hopefully form a network for professional development.

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