The Frontline 50

The Frontline 50 recognises social change-makers across the country.

What is the Frontline 50?

Frontline’s mission is to create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home by developing excellent social work practice and leadership.

On campuses all over the country, students are creating social change of their own. Sometimes these are big changes, like fighting climate change or campaigning to make the world a more equal place. Sometimes it’s the little things, like tidying up your local community.

The Frontline 50 is our way of recognising these students: the influencers, allies, and advocates who are driving change in their community.

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Congratulations to our winners

Our Frontline 50 are below.

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  • Olivier Levy
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    Olivier Levy

    University of Bristol
    2022

    As Chair of the Wellbeing Network, I: advised vice-chancellors, NHS doctors and local government officials, reacting to loneliness, depression and even suicide; I helped revamp their online mental health resources and mandated the University to offer a translated glossary of medical terms that would benefit international students; facilitated the integration of peer support services into the University's support structures (PROJECT:TALK and the SU now have a formal partnership); I spearheaded campaigns – such as Movember and Mind2727 (we raised more than £18,000), I organised the Mental Health Conference and the Mental Fitness Festival. I hosted discussion panels with public figures on stress, bullying, racism, alcoholism, among other sensitive subjects. My landmark achievement of the year was creating a Buddy Scheme, designed to help students cope during the November 2020 lockdown. I designed an algorithm to allocate students to a buddy group, based on age and social preferences. The scheme was a huge hit. Over 450 students signed up and attended the online socials I hosted. I was labelled a 'Student Hero' in Epigram Newspaper. In June, I was nominated for three awards, and shortlisted for the Student Union's Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.

    As President of History Society, my priority has been to ascribe adequate agency to a wider range of University students and their backgrounds, in an effort to drive social change by increasing historical consciousness. Our magazine, The Bristorian, publishes black, LGBTQ+, disabled histories; of labour and sustainability. I am organising other public events, such as a Bristol Slave Trade walk.

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    University of Bristol
    2022
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  • Jadesola Olusanya
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    Jadesola Olusanya

    University of Birmingham
    2023

    Throughout my life, I have been very passionate about actively contributing to my community. Through volunteering at my local library during my summers and encouraging young children to read. It allowed me to recognise the transformative nature of learning in young people's lives. This experience pushed me to pursue my passion on a larger scale and create an educational organisation called "TIRAH" that works for the betterment of young people. TIRAH serves to foster a safe space for students to discuss topical issues surrounding race, economics, and politics. My team and I run programmes supporting disadvantaged young people in almost 50 schools across the country and are expanding to work within universities. Gaining the support of companies such as Linklaters, The Princes Trust, The Social Mobility Foundation and Q5 Consulting, TIRAH aims to teach students important skills such as networking and leadership. Encouraging them to have the confidence to pursue any career/life related aspirations they may have for the future. This experience allowed me to become one of the youngest trustees of the National Children's Bureau (NCB), a charity I strongly align myself with. The trusteeship allows me to actively influence the decision making within the charity and help the NCB achieve their vision in providing a better childhood for disadvantaged young people across the UK. After I graduate, I seek to inform and scrutinise governmental policy regarding education, alongside furthering my work with TIRAH. Ultimately, I hope to continue my mission in helping young people and making a lasting change in young lives.

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    University of Birmingham
    2023
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  • Rhiannon Osborne
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    Rhiannon Osborne

    Cambridge
    2023

    Throughout her time at medical school, Rhiannon has been a campaigner, researcher and speaker, highlighting the environmental, economic and political determinants of health inequality. She has led the national student charities Students for Global Health and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and is a co-founder of Health for a Green New Deal, an executive committee member at the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, a #StopCambo organiser, and a Healthcare Leadership Academy scholar.

    In the medical community, she trained hundreds of people in health justice activism. She led a 10-week course on access to medicines for 100 new activists; trained 80 medical students in climate change and health; organised the People's Health Hearing at COP26 and has contributed multiple speeches and articles on the topic of health justice. In the last year alone, she has led more than 10 national campaigns on access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate change, and global health justice.

    In her local community, she authored a seminal report by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate, recommending a Just Transition which tackles the climate emergency and inequality in the region. All of the recommendations were accepted by the local authorities.

    She is now a founding coordinator of The People's Health Movement UK, a national branch of a global advocacy group, and hopes to build this organisation from the ground up to develop a strong community of grassroots and community-based activists in the UK working for climate, racial, health, disability and gender justice.

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    Rhiannon Osborne

    Cambridge
    2023
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  • Lydia Seed
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    Lydia Seed

    Cambridge
    2023

    Lydia is President and Co-founder of The Cambridge Period Project, which tackles period poverty within the local community and university. Last year, Lydia's team distributed over 1,000 period products through a partnership with a local housing charity. At university, Lydia's team surveyed over 600 students and found that 51.6% deem purchasing period products a financial burden. Despite 85% of colleges claiming to provide free period products, 55.1% of students cannot access them. Subsequently, Lydia's society launched an open letter to the university asking them to provide free period products over campus, which gained 1,000+ signatures from student and alumni. Over the summer, the university wellbeing committee officially recommended that all faculty and department buildings provide free period products. They've also held several events, ranging from sustainable period workshops to a feminist activism forum. Through their events, they aim to engage students and encourage open conversations on menstruation to help break the stigma.

    The society runs regular 'collectathons',collaborating with societies to encourage students to donate period products. The society are also trying to get local charities set up as donaters to Hey Girls UK, so that they can receive a reliable long-term stream of donations, rather than relying on donations from the society themselves! Unfortunately, Cambridge is yet to provide free period products. Thus, Lydia's team are currently working with departments to advise on how to set up free menstrual product schemes. They're still campaigning for this change.

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    Cambridge
    2023
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  • Pearl Tshimbalanga
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    Pearl Tshimbalanga

    Durham University
    2022

    Based on her inspiring dedication to education, activism, and anti-racism, we would like to nominate Pearl Tshimbalanga for the Frontline 50. While completing her degree in psychology, Pearl has conducted important research to better understand racial prejudice towards victims of sexual assault on university campuses. It's my expectation that the study she's helped design and run will shed light on why some victims are judged differently based on their ethnicity.

    Further, in her own free time, she partnered with the Durham People of Colour Association to organise a series of workshops focused on Afrocentric and Asian psychology. For these talks, Pearl arranged for six leading academics to deliver virtual workshops open to all students and staff at Durham. Topics included "Introduction to Black Psychology" and "Identity as a black British woman". The lack of black representation in UK academia is shameful to everyone involved (less than 1% of UK professors are black), and it's an incredible testament to Pearl's passion and tenacity that she's taken it upon herself to drive social change in this area.

    The influence these workshops likely had on other students cannot be overstated. It's well established that representation matters, and Pearl's goal with these talks (in addition to the obvious educational benefits) was to show other students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds that they too can excel as researchers and scientists.

    Whatever direction her future career takes her, we have no doubt that Pearl will continue to be a fierce advocate for education, activism, and anti-racism.

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    Durham University
    2022
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  • Sayada Imaan Haider-Shah
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    Sayada Imaan Haider-Shah

    University of York
    2022

    At university, I worked on a project called 'Digital Bridge' which aimed to reduce the Digital Divide between students. Results included raising £3000 to purchase laptops and related technology, for a school in Leeds, and hosting career and revision workshops. I pitched the project to companies such as Enterprise and Asda for further funding and received feedback on being the most developed project.

    Additionally, I am President of York UNICEF on Campus. I participated in our '£1 a day' challenge to raise awareness about food poverty. The budget was £1 a day for food, for 5 days. Furthermore, we raised £560, donated to UNICEF and Covid patients in India during the Covid crisis.

    Simultaneously, I tutored GCSE students during the pandemic, who suffered from a lack of contact with teachers. Now, I am going to tutor disadvantaged students with social and financial hardships via 'The Learners Collective'.

    Prior to this, I have mentored year 9 students for 2 years, to aid them in personal and academic struggles and help them to develop their reading skills.

    My future plans include collaborating with like-minded societies at university to host talks about gender and ethnic issues relating to child rights. I am currently organising bake sales on campus to fundraise for UNICEF and working with British Asian society to host socials whereby the money from tickets purchased goes to charity.

    Finally, I wish to do a Master's degree in 'International Development' and pursue a career focusing on social responsibility.

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    Sayada Imaan Haider-Shah

    University of York
    2022
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  • Jess Leigh
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    Jess Leigh

    Sussex University
    2022

    From the age of 15, Jess Leigh has struggled with her mental health. Jess found activism, was something she really wanted to fight for. So, at the age of 18, Jess joined the Amplified program at Young Minds (the UK's leading mental health charity for young people) and used her lived experience to shape services for other people. She then interviewed for a role as a trainer consultant and although she may be a decade younger than the other consultants, Jess now trains professionals and practitioners on mental health and participation. This drives social change because it ensures they are putting young period and activism at the heart of their practice. Jess is a campaigner, educator and freelancer, working mostly on the topics of feminism and mental health. From a tedx talk to being a lead campaigner in a social change campaign called Our Streets Now, a campaign in which Jess strives to create both cultural and legal change to ending public Sexual harassment. Meeting with politicians, companies and running programmes to create social change. Jess is also the co-president at FemSoc, one of the biggest societies on campus. She organised a 500 strong protest.

    Over the years, Jess has given speeches in the Houses of Parliament, been on panels across the UK, given keynotes. She helped Our Streets Now get nearly half a million signatures on their petition, educated professionals around participation in mental health and thousands of young people around sexual violence.

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    Sussex University
    2022
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  • Mary Mante
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    Mary Mante

    Surrey
    2022

    Mary is a Surrey student, currently studying international business management. She works at the Aleto Foundation, helping young professionals reach their potential and gain graduate opportunities and teaching them leadership skills. However, this has more so been done with her own initiative -Mantivations where she helps graduates get career opportunities and help them personally develop and to manage their mental health. She felt that mental health was not prioritised in work life. This led her to be picked to work for UK Youth to co-produce a change maker program that focuses on improving mental health for young black people as the rate for engagement within the community is often quite low.

    Mary also co-founded Halo collective. This initiative has partnered with over 70 schools and 100 workplaces to sign up to the halo code and help fight against hair discrimination within schools and workplaces. They're also getting legislation changed in law so there's more grounds for people to be prosecuted against that and spreading education as people don't recognise it as an issue. She wants to educate and start changing the narrative and starting the discussion. For the future, Mary plans to create a network of opportunities for young people and also provide a platform and safe space for people to share their stories on mental health within the workplace, struggles of post-grad and also utilising her network to help students and graduates.

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    Surrey
    2022
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  • Estelle Uba
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    Estelle Uba

    University of Leeds
    2022

    I have been using my blog, 'Candid Talks' to educate readers about social issues since the age of 17, breaking down concepts like colourism/anti-blackness, and raising awareness about islamophobia and political corruption in developing countries. In my first two years of university, I co-presented Leeds Student Radio's BME Show and went on to produce and co-present my own live podcast called 'Fifty Shades of Real'. Here, we used current affairs to provide education on racial, gender and sexual inequality. Since then, I have gone on to speak on panels and podcasts about intersectional environmentalism, the BLM movement and decolonisation. At the start of 2021, I launched my online magazine called 'Gen-Z Talks Magazine', which is committed to educating young people about socio-political issues, and giving young writers a platform to share their views.

    I have managed to keep young people informed and educated about current affairs which aren't always given a spotlight in the mainstream media, i.e. the Libyan Slave Trade. I also inspire my peers to become more confident in speaking out about inequality wherever they witness it.

    Upon securing funding and sponsorships, I envision the magazine growing into a multimedia outlet which educates not just through articles/social media, but also through a talkshow and mini-documentaries. The money we make would be used to donate to anti-corruption campaigns and fund shelters and orphanages in Africa. Later this year, I hope to organise a food run for the homeless, using our platform to get donations and physical support from people.

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    University of Leeds
    2022
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  • Nila Varman
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    Nila Varman

    KCL
    2022

    Nila has always been passionate about amplifying the voices of minority communities, including her own, so she started the radio show, The Nila Extract. On the show, she speaks about not feeling Indian enough, caste-based discrimination, body image, sex education, trans rights, and more. She is the only person working on the show and has expanded her platform to an informative Instagram ,with 1800+ followers. She shares informative reels pertaining to topics discussed on the show, collaborate with other activists to create social change. She also worked with Our Streets Now, to host Instagram Live sessions where she shares insights into normalising various taboos. Nilas educational posts have also been featured by top activist accounts such as Jameela Jamill, Feminist, iWeigh, Blair Imani, and others. This led to The Nila Extract being featured in The Tab magazine, three exclusive interviews on BBC Radio (which led to a segment on BBC Radio Nottingham).

    The Nila Extract showcases untold stories of underrepresented/marginalised communities. Over the past year, 2000+ people have tuned in globally. Moreover, Nila won the Spotify New Wave, beating out 4000 other shows to land a Recommended spot as one of Spotify's Top 10 Student Podcasts. The Nila Extract was also invited to host a show as part of the University of Nottingham's first ever Diversity Week. She believes it is important to contribute towards that change, by spreading awareness and normalising taboos regarding the LGBTQIA+ and minority communities. Nila wishes to grow the show and create social change.

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    KCL
    2022
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  • Begzat Mirayev
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    Begzat Mirayev

    City University, London
    2023

    While studying law at City, University of London, Begzat joined the Pro Bono society. Begzat realised that with the cut of legal aid, there would be more people in dire need of free legal help and representation. For this reason, Begzat enrolled himself on a pro bono module and volunteered for 6 months at Waltham Forest Citizens Advice. During his time volunteering, Begzat was involved in various cases, discussing matters from employment, to housing issues. One of the most memorable cases for him was helping a single parent with her eviction notice that the landlord served during lockdown. Begzat discovered that the landlord did not comply with the temporary changes in serving an eviction notice amongst other legal issues. From this, Begzat's research enabled a campaign team to gather and discuss how they can persuade the legislative body to adopt appropriate laws so the threat of homelessness would no longer exist (at least for single parents with disabled children). Begzat realised that his experiences on that case helped him understand that there is still unfair gaps in the social and housing system. Begzat's experience with this case heavily impacted his mindset. When he began his volunteering journey for Whitechapel Mission (the charity that serves breakfast to homeless people) he wasn't educated on the impact of homelessness on individuals. Through his volunteering at Citizens advice, it helped Begzat become more compassionate. This now drives him to take more pro-bono cases for the less fortunate.

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    City University, London
    2023
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  • Naomi Momoh
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    Naomi Momoh

    Leeds University
    2022

    I am one of the core members of rat party, a queer collective and family celebrating queer people of colour, sex workers and the gender diverse. We throw parties and fundraise for these marginalised communities and create a safe space for them to exist within the nightlife sphere.

    We have garnered quite a large following within the year that we have been active, starting a queer family fund to fundraise for those within our immediate community struggling financially.

    We're hoping to throw even larger fundraisers in the future, we haven't put on that many events but hope to grow and have an even bigger impact on the community on a national scale!

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    Leeds University
    2022
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  • Victoria Owoyinfa
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    Victoria Owoyinfa

    Leeds University
    2022

    I have worked with children with learning disabilities as well as adults with mental health problems (Schizophrenia specifically). The reason I believe that this drives social change is because, pertaining to mental health, there is a stigma around individuals deemed mentally unwell. I myself was quite apprehensive when I got the job, but it's been an enjoyable and enlightening experience. Mental illness is a spectrum, and everyone, even just slightly, struggles with their mental health at times.

    It would be difficult to gauge my impact at this moment and not to be self-deprecating, but my impact so far would be on a micro level. At my workplace, I keep the individuals company, help them cook, help them go to health appointments, help them shop, ect. People with mental health issues are quite isolated, often far away from family and with few friends. They are often vulnerable and can be exploited by others. So my impact as a support worker would just be keeping them company, keeping them safe and cared for.

    In future I plan to work as a dentist, however I am currently working towards a care certificate - a type of healthcare qualification. This way I can continue working in health and social care from time to time if I so choose to. It's something that is dear to my heart and I'd love to do it just to help people out, and ensure that there are people in the field that genuinely care.

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    Victoria Owoyinfa

    Leeds University
    2022
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  • Jade Calder
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    Jade Calder

    Oxford University
    2022

    Jade is the co-chair of the Oxford Student Union's Class Act campaign, which advocates for and supports students at the university who qualify under the 'Class Umbrella' e.g first generation, low income, care leavers, working class, estranged, state comp educated. Jade has also written extensively about the issue of classism at the university as a student journalist with a regular column. One article on the issue was shortlisted for a national student journalism award for 'Best Comment' article and Jade has been interviewed by The Guardian about the issue of lack of access and support for underrepresented students at Oxford. Through the Campaign Jade and her peers have held regular socials, created a 'Class Act Families' programme for freshers to meet students from similar backgrounds and are investigating the financial struggles students face at the university Going forward, Jade's ultimate goal is to remove the stigma of class at Oxford and ensure that students feel empowered to openly talk about class related issues. We have also identified a need for class-conscious welfare support at university, so that welfare support networks are equipped to be conscious of related issues. When Jade graduates, she wants to continue to advocate for access at institutions of education and continue to write more broadly about social inequality in this country.

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    Oxford University
    2022
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  • Lottie Korn, Ophelia Lieng, Alice McNally
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    Lottie Korn, Ophelia Lieng, Alice McNally

    UCL
    2022

    Lottie Korn is Welfare Secretary for UCL Netball Club, who have been at the forefront of the 'Girls Night In' boycott at UCL, to raise awareness and stop the spiking happening to people in the clubs right now. They boycotted UCL's favourite nightclubs and helped influence 40 other societies to support the movement and stay home too. Lottie and her team are asking for donations to the Survivor's Trust, and are working with other sports clubs to create a universal pledge for them all to sign and a statement of changes they want to see nightclubs make. Lottie utilised GofundMe to get people donating, along with her President.

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    UCL
    2022
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  • Antonio Ferreira
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    Antonio Ferreira

    Essex University
    2022

    Antonio Ferreira is a University of Essex student, currently studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Ferreira has worked as a media volunteer for over five mental health charities in a mission to eradicate stigma and misconception of mental illness within racialised communities. As well as began a campaign to eliminate tokenism. Ferreira also helped Eastenders recently with a storyline on schizophrenia, so that it was portrayed accurately. Due to his work, he's had senior leaders offer to work with him to become a better, more genuinely anti-racist organisation. For the future, Ferreira hopes to make the world a place where mental health problems are treated fairly and equally and no longer discriminated against. Antonio and his work have appeared on BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, Channel 5 and other platforms.

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    Essex University
    2022
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  • Emily Vivian
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    Emily Vivian

    Nottingham University
    2022

    Emily Vivian bio - Emily Vivian is a writer for Our Streets Now Nottingham. Emily is also a higher education ambassador, helping to pass a motion in her SU.

    The motion asked for the SU to commit to end public sexual harassment through cultural and legislative change for the next three years. Emily has run stalls at university events which she thinks is important as educating is crucial for this issue. Emily is also part of IMPACT's investigation team as an advisor on their Female Safety investigation. The investigation created a survey for men and women at our university to find out about safety on campus. Emily then interviewed women* who spoke for Nottingham TV's partnered documentary.

    The SU motion was passed unanimously. For Emily, the most impactful part of the motion is that it makes consent workshops compulsory for male* sports teams. Emily sees sports culture as potentially damaging and these open conversations are crucial.

    Emily is currently looking at how to pursue a career in social justice and human rights. Last week, she was offered a job as a teacher in the lowest income schools in the country – she believes that good education is the driver of successful social change so is really excited to be able to continue striving for this in her career to come!

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    Nottingham University
    2022
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  • Becca Towler
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    Becca Towler

    Manchester Met University
    2022

    Becca has been the chair of the LGBTQ+ society at MMU since January 2020 and was also the NUS delegate for the national student conference, where LGBTQ+ issues were raised. Becca also founded a campaign that works with the university to recognised and educate on the importance of identity called Identity Importance. Becca has also been a panelist for an LGBTQ+ mental health q&a in the uni.

    Becca has expanded the society immensely. Becca and her peer Ben worked on improving the committee so added roles such as disability inclusions officers and bame inclusions officers etc. They aim to create a safe space for the community both in and out of uni.

    The society are currently working with the staff forum and the uni to further implement change. They've worked with the union to implement changes such as - adding preferred names and pronouns to every form/ sheet / application and are working on other ongoing projects.

    In the future? Becca has applied for an MA in international political economy and wants to work in ethical management helping workers from different communities be better represented and treated.

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    Manchester Met University
    2022
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  • Florian Nurudeen
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    Florian Nurudeen

    Leeds University
    2022

    Florian has been working part-time as a Covid-19 vaccinator since early 2021. They are well aware of the scepticism around vaccination etc especially in young adults/ students at university. This is especially greater in the days of social media where negativity is easily spread.

    Their role involves encouraging vaccination on social media and by word of mouth. Florian has helped explain the benefits of getting protected from the virus via vaccination and helped to debunk any myths that friends and colleagues have encountered.

    In the last 8 months or so months they have been advertising when on shift vaccinating, encouraging people on social media to come and get their jabs. This has led to quite a few friends who had not been vaccinated yet coming in to get their jabs, protecting themselves and those around them from some of the worst of Covid. People who were also on the fence about having the vaccinations came in due to being more comfortable having someone who they know administering it. Although just a few people, Florian believes any little change matters.

    Although Florian isn't a big influencer on social media, when Florian qualifies, they hope to use social media to encourage people to take good care of themselves, especially their health. Florian aims to promote screening programmes available, general check-ups and positive encounters/stories from work. The overall aim of this will be to paint a nicer more approachable image of healthcare. He is also qualifying to be a doctor.

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    Leeds University
    2022
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  • Helena Thornton
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    Helena Thornton

    Bristol University
    2023

    Helena is currently the Chair of the Student Disability & Accessibility Network at the University of Bristol, which involves representing students with disabilities and/or access needs, aiming to improve systems within the University and SU, as well as building better awareness on-campus, and creating a community for all disabled students too. Most recently, this has involved organising a Disability History Month campaign alongside the SU, with events, awareness-raising communications and collaborations with staff and students across the University. Helena has also recently spoken as part of a training on Hidden Disabilities given to SU staff, and has also given an interview on this topic to ITV. Another area Helena really enjoys working on is mental health. Helena volunteers as a Young Ambassador for The Mix (a national digital youth-focussed charity who offer a range of mental health services/support for 11-25 year-olds). She helps to shape some of the services they offer from a young person's perspective, as well as helping to give input on their corporate partnerships. During their national campaign on Youth Loneliness this year, Helena spoke out about her own experiences for radio, the Independent and wrote an article which was published on The Mix's website. As a volunteer both at University and elsewhere, Helena helps to raise awareness of mental health and disability. In future, Helena hopes to continue using her my own experiences, as well as others, to help make change in the world, so that it is a more accessible, understanding and supportive place.

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  • Ellis Idris
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    Leeds University
    2022

    The work that Ellis has done to drive social change has mostly been through their passion of journalism. Ellis does voluntary writing as well as being recently appointed the role of admin support for Duty To Care, a charity which provides free mental health support to NHS workers. Ellis is an editor for Dear Asian Youth London (DAYLDN) which is the UK Chapter of Dear Asian Youth, a student-led non-profit organisation which aims to educate and empower Asian youth through tackling their misrepresentation in mainstream media. Moreover, most of their original work is driven by social change. Some examples include a radio report about the negative treatment of international students throughout Covid-19, articles about racism towards ESEA individuals and public efforts towards the Headingley alleyway assaults. They're also currently working on a final year project, which is on the topic of women's safety on nights out.

    Ellis actively aims to empower and raise awareness for disadvantaged or discriminated groups by ensuring that their opinions and emotions are heard through their journalistic work. For the future, Ellis plans to build on this work by working closely with disadvantaged or discriminated groups through organisations and providing them a platform and voice through their journalistic career.

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    2022
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    Anna Duffell

    Leeds University
    2023

    Anna Duffell is the president of Feminism+ at Leeds University and Her Campus at Leeds University. Anna encourages women to write and become prominent voices in the media- a heavily male dominated industry. She wants to combat and show the community that women have a place in this industry, and are valid workers!

    This year, with the freshers fair Anna organised, the society has grown from 30 women to 95! This year, Anna really wanted to emphasise the girl bond they have together as a society. Everyone is so friendly and they just have fun when they write. Anna has provided a positive and feminist space, for women who struggle to get the confidence for their voice to be heard. Anna also encourages more non-binary (femme presenting) and trans women to join her society this year. For the future, Anna plans on getting female industry professionals to come in and talk to the society and encourage more women to enter the industry!! Anna also wants to work on a female empowerment zine for their members to treasure in the future

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    2023
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  • Omar Lingemann
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    Omar Lingemann

    Oxford University
    2023

    Omar is an Oxford student studying Law. He designed, developed and runs a student startup called myscroll, which aims to create greater access to university resources for our students. Omar's team believe there is a problem at university and that is that students can't see all the amazing resources, from drama to arts to music to sports etc in one place. They want to get students active and help counter the mental health crisis at university by finally giving students the ability to find their people and find their thing. So, they developed over the pandemic a mobile application for students to see everything at their uni in one place! Omar and his peers have been working alongside societies, charities and other student organisations here in Oxford but also in other universities as they plan to launch the app first here and then bring it across the country. He's the founder and CEO of the project. Omar managed to raise finance to support the project and is launching in oxford. Omar plans to learn from the experience in one uni, take feedback, engage with the students around him and perfect their product. Once he's done that, he wans to take the app nationwide! He is also reinvesting some of the profits back into student organisations and will be building a crowdfunding function in the app so students can effectively lobby for change within the application!

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    Oxford University
    2023
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  • Louise Lyons-Appiah
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    Louise Lyons-Appiah

    Birmingham University
    2022

    Louise has created safe spaces for students to speak about their mental health and grow on their personal development journeys. She set up BreatheUni society at the University of Birmingham that runs personal development sessions and mental-health drop-in sessions for all students for free. Louise has spoken to senior staff at the university and in the student union to raise awareness about the mental health crisis that students across the UK are facing right now.

    Louise has put on events to bring people from different communities together. She also organised the Pride of Lyons event where a speaker held a talk about Race and mental Health in honour of Black History Month. For the future, Louise has many more planned events for BreatheUni. She's partnered with three other mental health societies to put on a wellbeing conference with expert speakers, free for Birmingham University students to attend. She'll also be volunteering for the organisation Everything Diversity Inclusion to help students of black heritage gain much deserved work experience at top businesses such as Amazon and Google. Not only this, but she'll be working on an award which recognises their non-academic achievements.

    Finally, Louise will continue to post and collaborate on social media to raise awareness about different mental health problems. She's also been interviewed by Katie Price on the topic of mental health and aims to create a Netflix documentary around the topic.

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    Birmingham University
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  • Alec Barradell
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    Alec Barradell

    Durham University
    2022

    I am nominating myself for the Frontline 50. I believe I have driven social change by engaging with the community and helping those with mental health issues and those in vulnerable positions. This year I have committed to the Samaritans, in which I am a listening volunteer and contribute my time to helping other people discuss their issues. This gives people someone to talk to at a time when they need it most and for some can be the difference between life and death. Also, this year I have been the Project Leader of a social inclusivity project 'Community Wellness'. This project looks to bridge a gap in the community at Durham connect university students with the wider public. We work with people and groups related to mental health to get involved in sport and to enjoy its many benefits; from making new friends, to learning new skills, to seeing mental and physical health improvements. Additionally, I have spent time this year as a mental health advocate in both voluntary and paid positions. This work gives a voice to those people who are all too often ignored, empowering them to have their views and wishes heard.

    I will take my experiences from this past year of being involved in social change forward with me into my career. I would like to go into the field of mental health and believe that seeing the difference you can make has spurred me on to pursue a career I am truly passionate about.

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    Durham University
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  • Jojo Watson
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    Jojo Watson

    UAL
    2022

    Jojo is a London based student, working as a social services youth motivational speaker, body positivity activist and much more. Working online has allowed him to spread his ethos to new heights. Jojo's work celebrates CareLeavers in the UK and men of all shapes and sizes to empower their body confidence. Jojo also advocates to eradicate toxic hyper-masculinity in men, encouraging his male followers to talk about real deep issues such as mental health. His unexpected impact has allowed him to grow an online community on @plussizemenmatter on Instagram, creating a safe space for men of all sizes to appreciated and feel heard. Additionally, Jojo's experience as a care leaver has impacted young people, from creating workshops with Drive Forwards, a brand that seeks to provide opportunities for young people in and out of the care system, to his collaborations with the BBC and other big companies. Jojo ultimately aims to be consistent in his open and honest conversations about being a care leaver in the UK and being within the care system and reaching out to all those within the system, as well as keep running his @plussizematter page as it builds its community. Maybe one day, he wants to be able to host an in-person event. But until then, he'll consistently continue his online activism.'

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    UAL
    2022
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  • Emma Berwick
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    Emma Berwick

    University of Birmingham
    2024

    Emma has been involved in several mentoring initiatives like Zero Gravity to provide support to year 13 students with their application for university, who may not have this input. In addition, she volunteers with CoachBright and Girlguiding, both aiming to foster a sense of community and offer young children a chance to socialise outside of school. With CoachBright Emma is tutoring GCSE English Lang&Lit to disadvantaged year 11 pupils, to give them the ability to express their ideas and communicate effectively. Emma has recently set up a project with Enactus, enabling more students to hear about university life and the subjects as well as support with applying to university and their current qualifications. Emma has taken the initiative to connect UniRise, a website which provides access to free support with personal statements and interview process. She personally had not heard of the website before university and would have welcomed this support. Thus, Emma would love to continue her mentoring with Zero Gravity and be involved in outreach with UniRise to increase young people's awareness of this fantastic charity. Emma has been in contact with Ollie, the founder of UniRise so the projects are open to change. More importantly for Emma she wants to continue to make an impact in the local community and make a difference, in some way. I am grateful for those who have supported me so I am keen to pay back the favour. Exciting things coming! Stay tuned!

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    University of Birmingham
    2024
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  • Mariam Daniel
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    Mariam Daniel

    University of Portsmouth
    2024

    I am a full time intersectional activist in the city of portsmouth i am also the co lead of black lives matter in the city, president of the stand up to racism society, a young labour member and part of a grassroot project to end violence against women and girls that also includes different organisations and councillors in the city. I work closely with organisations in the city including mp, councillors, police, schools and the university itself. My work mean i get to advocate for many marginalised groups and get to be the voice for the voiceless. I don't just organise protest ive also run workshops and been part of workshops. Part of my work also means making the city safe and helping people with difficult situations including reporting. I believe more people in the city are aware of the difficulties many people in the city face and marginalised groups in the city can the support they have. This isnt just around race but also the lgbtq community and climate change. I plan on doing more work within the community and especially educating the young. People forget we learn biases from as young as 3 years old. Also to put on more events in the city and give different comminities somewhere they can feel safe and be supported. Also promoting intersectional activism more and making people aware of how everything is connected in this system.

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    University of Portsmouth
    2024
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  • Thomas Hill
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    Thomas Hill

    University of Sheffield
    2022

    I came back to education as an undergraduate at the age of twenty-six. In the process of retuning, I experienced and witnessed levels of difficulty and injustice that have no place in the modern world. When the opportunity arose, I became a member of the student council, where I was represented unheard voices while holding power to account. Now I have the honour of being Sheffield's first ever Mature Students Officer, alongside my third year studies, which is an opportunity I have used on removing barriers all together. For example, I have been working to remove the age cap on mental health support at the university, and improve child care for parent students. It is my intention to ensure that considering the needs and experiences of Mature Students become a normal part of the conversation and no longer an afterthought. Additionally, I am a Parish Councillor for my village, and the trustee of two local charities. In these roles I have been working on improving local infrastructure and accessibility. An example of how this has manifested is working with a local children's care home to improve a local play area, while also giving the children living in care a sense of political agency and involvement in the community. I am eager in the future to use the position to address the climate emergency at a local level. It's something that affects the entire community, and I will use bridges I have built to bring the community together to tackle it.

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    University of Sheffield
    2022
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  • Elysia O'Neill
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    Elysia O'Neill

    Leeds University
    2023

    Elysia co-created a community of people who believe in equality and want to be informed in tackling societal injustice/inequality. With a gendered lens, but not limited, they empower people to form discussions about how they can improve society. Elysia and her co-founder have contributed to helping mainstream intersectional feminism, informing people about inequality. This empowerment includes sexual harassment victims, assault and violence, and spiking victims. Her impact has made their community feel informed and empowered to get involved in the real nitty gritty of inequality. Elysia also helped to create spike report, which has been viewed by 20k visitors with 200 submissions, allowing people to view where incidents are taking place across the world to keep informed about where they may want to avoid on nights out. Elysia has worked with the big night in, been in contact with venues and have empowered people to feel like their spiking experience is being taken seriously. Same for the sexual harassment story submission that has empowered survivors to speak out, as they remain anonymous when their experience is published. In the future, Elysia and her co-founder will collate their spiking incidents data and offer their services to venues by creating The Egalitarian's venue safety policy.

    In terms of non-Egal stuff, Elysia set up the first college-based Women's football team at university which now has a weekly league and 9 teams. She also helped set up the Wakefield branch of Extinction Rebellion in 2019.

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    Leeds University
    2023
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  • Emma Brown
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    Emma Brown

    Glasgow University
    2022

    Emma is the Diversity and Welfare Convenor for Glasgow University Law Society and has been involved in promoting student welfare and diversity as a central issue in social/academic discussion in the society and the Law School.

    Emma has worked to ensure all society members increase their knowledge on the effects of discrimination. She ran educational social media campaigns on Black History Month and Human Rights Day. She's also currently planning an event for International Women's Day, hosting a panel of female lawyers/academics to educate our members on equality.

    With students' mental health significantly affected by the pandemic, Emma launched the first student support scheme in November, 'Gab with GULS'. The scheme aids a number of student issues. Emma has taken courses on Suicide Prevention Skills and Emotional Resilience Skills. As the first open-door support policy implemented by the society, the 'Gab with GULS' platform will continue to provide support to students after graduation. Emma also organised pre-exam Coffee Mornings to help younger students.

    In future, Emma hopes to become a solicitor, working closely with legal firms to raise awareness of the lack of inclusion in law. Emma strives to work with charities/universities to promote better publishing of diversity statistics and work to create fair recruitment processes. Emma was a PRIME programme participant in a city law firm in Glasgow, this meant that coming from a school in an area of deprivation herself, she was given access legal work experience. Subsequently, Emma seeks to work pro-bono to aid vulnerable/deprived people.

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    Glasgow University
    2022
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  • Noga Levy-Rapoport
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    Noga Levy-Rapoport

    Warwick
    2022

    Noga Levy-Rapoport, 19-year-old student, climate activist, freelance organiser, experienced speaker/host. They volunteer with the UK Student Climate Network as a leader, organising UK climate strikes as part of the YouthStrike4Climate campaign under Fridays For Future. They've confronted corporate leaders directly at International Petroleum Week and have spoken at, organised, and led several events for urgent climate action, including the UN's International Maritime Organisation, in Parliament. They're a leader in organising the world record-breaking international Global Climate Strike of September 2019. An accomplished speaker, they have delivered talks internationally, visiting schools, universities, corporations and global organisations, and they continue to regularly contribute to talks on the environment. They've been named one of the Most influential Londoners of the Year by the Evening Standard and a Forbes 100 UK Environmentalists for work on youth empowerment, educational reform and systemic change from the grassroots to the global level through the Green New Deal. They balance a number of climate-related projects through Covid-19, working as a mentor for young, underrepresented creatives looking to promote climate justice in their own as part of Play Nice, as well as working for the National Lottery as an advisory board member. Their work has expanded to online influencing and education through social media initiatives, encouraging young people to get educated through the #ReadWithNoga scheme. They use their platform to highlight political issues like the Israel-Palestine conflict, the gender binary, queer rights, feminism, current protests and social movements, sustainability, mental health and how to be an activist.

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    Warwick
    2022
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  • Flo Wright
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    Flo Wright

    Durham University
    2024

    I'm a Climate Activist from London currently in Durham. I spent the last year on a Gap Year where my initial activism began, specifically around the fashion industry. I created my own sustainable brand in lockdown, spending time sewing new clothes out of old clothes, for example patchwork dungarees from jeans. In my community I organized clothes swaps raising awareness around circular fashion and fundraising for the charity International Justice Mission.

    I realized that the issue was so much bigger and got involved with activism around COP26. I helped my group, YCCN, organize a relay from Cornwall to Glasgow. This included many zoom conferences; speaking to various communities about how they could join in the relay and campaign around COP26. I also coordinated the London relay leg with events and rallies in places such as St Paul's Cathedral. Our main aims were to mobilize people and call for Climate Finance; over 2500 people got involved walking!

    In November I went to COP26 with a blue zone pass. I spent my days helping with various stunts and protests whilst meeting an inspiring global community of activists and observing the proceedings.

    At university I've joined a climate action group planning to make the university more ethical and environmental. I've also recently started a podcast with two friends to educate and challenge people around climate justice.

    I'm not sure what the new year will bring but I'm going to keep campaigning for climate justice, particularly around finance and a just transition.

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    Durham University
    2024
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  • Emily Garton
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    Emily Garton

    Nottingham University
    2022

    Emily Garton campaigns with Our Streets Now and is a Higher Education ambassador. Emily launched the #StudentsNotObjects campaign with OSN, collecting signatures to the Uni asking them to support the campaign. Emily also collected testimonies from students who have experienced sexual harassment. One of the main priorities was to raise awareness of the support that is available for students who were affected. Last term, Emily was elected as the Women's SU Officer, which means she also runs the network - @uonwomensnetwork. Emily works with the Police, MPs, the SU, and students to support those who have been affected by spiking in clubs.

    Emily also works with the Police on the Safer Streets 3 bids and has recently been granted the funding - both regarding womens safety in Nottingham and in the Night Time Economy (NTE).

    Emily now has 3 more ambassadors for OSN at UoN working and more students are becoming involved in the women's network. Emily thinks this is really important as women and marginalised genders should be assured that harassment is not acceptable. She's heard from people that her signposting has personally helped them.

    Emily has helped ensure that public sexual harassment is now included in the welfare training and gender-based violence courses developed over the summer.

    For future, Emily wants to continue with our streets now and with her work as the social media lead on the Higher Education scheme. Emily also plans to do a law conversion soon, hoping to work in human rights or VAWG.

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    Nottingham University
    2022
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  • Philip Hutchinson
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    Philip Hutchinson

    Oxford University
    2022

    As a coordinator for the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, Philip exposed the money that Oxford University had accepted from the fossil fuel industry. This led Philip to present their demands to the Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee at the University who are currently considering these demands and to what extent the University will implement change. In 2020, Philip helped draft the motion that resulted in Oxford partially divesting its large endowment fund from fossil fuels. Additionally, he helped to organise disruptions at Careers Fairs. These disruptions have caused Shell, Schlumberger and Glencore to stop attending Careers Fairs.

    Most recently, Philip organised the response to Linacre College taking £155 million from a fossil fuel company. This led him and his team to have discussions with the principal who agreed to the very least to ask SOVICO to end new extractive projects. Additionally, he worked with Oxford Climate Society to develop a Sustainability plan for Oxford's Colleges, so that they would have net-zero carbon emissions and net biodiversity gain by 2030. This helped ensure several that Colleges such as Hertford and Mansfield made such commitments.

    Philip's work has helped combat the fossil fuel industry, has helped move significant amounts of money out of fossil fuels, has helped raise awareness and engagement regarding the climate and ecological emergency and has led institutions to implement ambitious and meaningful carbon cutting initiatives. Philip will continue to ensure that institutions address the climate emergency. Next year, he also starts teacher training and wants to inspire the next generation.

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    Oxford University
    2022
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  • Amal Malik
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    Amal Malik

    UCL
    2022

    Amal is the President of Enactus at UCL. She started a campaign last year called LUNA that aims to tackle period poverty in Pakistan. Since I'm President of Enactus, I oversee 5 social enterprises and since I'm back in London, as opposed to Pakistan, I nominated someone else to lead a UK arm of LUNA to focus on enabling asylum seekers to gain access to such products. So far in Pakistan, the team are still working on our pad prototype but we have reached 50 girls at an orphanage and given them lessons about menstrual hygiene, PCOS, how to deal with the pain etc. The UK arm will start this year. so really excited about it! Even though I'll be juggling the other projects, I do plan on being involved with LUNA. By enabling beneficiaries to take control of the projects, each one becomes self-sustaining and leaves a long-term impact on communities. Given Amal's Pakistani heritage, she hopes that this is the start of what she can do to give back to the community that has shaped he into the person that she is today!

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    UCL
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  • Sifuma Wekesa
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    Sifuma Wekesa

    Leeds University
    2022

    I founded the Leeds Pan-African Society together with a few friends in an effort to create an Afrocentric student society inclusive of all peoples of African descent, but especially to promote the values and ideas of Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism can be understood as a simultaneously intellectual, cultural, social, political, economic and artistic project that calls for the unification and liberation of all people of African ancestry, both on the African continent and in the African diaspora.

    I firmly believe that Pan-Africanism, in all of its myriad manifestations, is the key to meaningful and revolutionary social change necessary for the improvement of the material conditions of African people around the world. In forming this society, I hoped to create greater awareness of Pan-Africanist ideas and to cultivate a deep understanding and appreciation for all that Pan-Africanism has to offer in pursuit of a better life for African people and, in turn, for the world at large.

    Thus far the society has succeeded in hosting a handful of events, mostly social events but also some critical discussions exploring Pan-African theory. Besides that, we have also compiled a reading list of materials covering ideas we think are really important for the empowerment of African people.

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    Leeds University
    2022
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  • Moni Sernebeat Unger
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    Moni Sernebeat Unger

    Glasgow University
    2022

    In my first year of university, I founded the Glasgow University Students of Colour Network, and was elected president 2 years running- creating the first support system for Students of Colour at the University. I have also been at the forefront of the 'Decolonising Glasgow University' campaign, including organising a symposium for staff and students to educate on decolonisation. I have also written and carried out various workshops and trainings for staff, students and people in and around Glasgow.

    The spaces have offered a safe and honest space for Students of Colour. In my time I have also worked directly with senior management and other members of staff on developing strategy and policy within the university to help provide Students with a having an enjoyable university experience and successfully lobbied the University to be more transparent regarding their reporting systems, especially when dealing with incidents of racism.

    I am passing the torch to a future generation of committee members on GUSoCNet and hope they will continue my legacy on campus. I also hope to drive anti-racism and decolonisation into the creative industries through my work in Film and Television.

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    Glasgow University
    2022
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  • Gessienne Grey
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    Gessienne Grey

    Oxford University
    2023

    Gessienne's engagement for social change began as a political activist, putting up anti-xenophobic posters in their village during the 2017 French presidential election. More projects, followed, including participation with a student eco-activist group. Gessienne also became a volunteer, working with Terre des Hommes on charity walks to fundraise for education in impoverished areas, and later joined a local Amnesty International group as an active campaigner. At university, they joined and later became the leader of the Oxford Chapter of Europe Must Act, an organisation campaigning for humane migration policy and refugee rights. In the evenings, they volunteer with Turl Street Homeless Action, an organisation distributing hot food and other essentials. Gessienne petitions, writes letters to politicians, and donates to causes. Gessienne also makes social change a part of their studies. Their professional experience includes work for the UN, a peacebuilding NGO, and an academic project tracking green fiscal spending on COVID-19 recovery. Gessienne's studies are oriented towards acquiring key knowledge and skills required to make the largest possible impact. On a more personal level, Gessienne has connected with people, changed minds, and encouraged a sense of hopeful political indignation and engaged action. They have helped raise funds, collect signatures, and provided basic necessities for those in the greatest need. Gessienne has also helped research and push important projects on issues like digital inclusion, peacebuilding, and green public policy. For the future, Gessienne deems activism as a lifelong commitment. Gessienne plans to dedicate their career to the causes they believe in.

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    Oxford University
    2023
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  • Gurpal Sahota
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    Gurpal Sahota

    Cardiff University
    2023

    Gurpal is quite active politically, hence his interest in studying Politics and International Relations at uni! He's campaigned for political causes and charities such as the UN Refugee Agency, coordinating fundraising days and helping to educate fellow peers about what refugees and asylum seekers actually go through and trying to cut through all the political 'noise'. He is currently in the very early process of organising a charity event sometime in February regarding Refugees/Asylum seekers in collaboration with Cardiff Student Access for Refugees and CU Feminist Society. He also plans to email the VP Welfare to help with promoting this. He plans to build on this once he graduates, by hopefully either working for a charity/NGO to help those less fortunate initially and then running for elected office in the future.

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    Cardiff University
    2023
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    Edmund Sim Wea Chung

    Queen Mary
    2025

    Along with a group of other medical students, Edmund Chung is a student at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL, who founded a Sign Language Society at their university to promote Deaf culture and awareness. Edmund and his peers wanted to promote inclusivity at their university, future work environments, and community by teaching sign language as well as sharing Deaf culture. Through the establishment of the society, sign language education has become more accessible to the students at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry an QMUL. Edmund plans to conduct a Deaf Awareness Training, to empower students to sensitively and competently engage with the Deaf community. Despite being a new society, they currently have 84 students in the society. Additionally, they have 328 followers on Instagram, an effective platform to promote Deaf culture and conduct weekly sing language tutorials (they roughly have 1000+ plays on their weekly sign language tutorials). Their followers on Instagram include students from their university and extend to members of the public who wish to learn more about the topic. Edmund's society has also been featured in their school's magazine (Circadian), worked with Deaf Unity (charity), and donated to Suvai Deaf East Community under their Raise and Give programme. In the future, Edmund hopes to continue establishing his society. Additionally, Edmund will continue to promote Deaf culture through conferences, training events and talks. In future, they want to visit schools within their council to teach sign language to students.

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    2025
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  • Poppy Lindsey
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    Poppy Lindsey

    Reading University
    2022

    The work Poppy has done to drive social change includes her role as Women's Officer at the University of Reading. She stood by women who had experienced sexual assault, and inspired students by organising interviews with guests such as MP Jess Phillips, and Nicole Wilson (TedX speaker). This year, she worked with another girl to create the GirlsNightIn movement for their university. This was in order to apply pressure to clubs in tackling spiking. The impact has been incredible, with the GirlsNightIn movement inspiring almost every society at the university to boycott the Wednesday Union. Poppy also spoke to BBC radio and BBC South Today to raise awareness, and organised a charity football match to raise money for anti-spiking devices to be free in the union. In the future, Poppy hopes to have a larger impact on the student community. She would like to increase her focus on sexual assault and create further student movements to do so. She's also passionate about student mental health so would love to run campaigns as big as my previous ones in regard to this area.

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    Reading University
    2022
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    Zaeem Moti

    Birmingham University
    2022

    Zaeem is a medical student from Birmingham, who has played an active part in informing change throughout his time at uni. He is a founding member of EUniWell Birmingham - a multi-university board responsible for advocating and informing change around student wellbeing. During his time at uni, Zaeem has also played an active role in several other leadership societies, which helped people get opportunities and gain confidence in their leadership skills.

    Beyond this, last year he undertook a series of initiatives to encourage the uptake of mHealth apps amongst minority groups, even collaborating with national organisations like AgeUK. As part of this, he ran an international conference to educate the medical community on the importance of mHealth apps within clinical practices, showing that he has a passion for change in the health sector. He was awarded the Dean's Community Awards at Imperial College London in recognition of these efforts.

    Most recently, Zaeem was selected to join the Healthcare Leadership Academy scholars programme, a prestigious scholarship set up to develop and nurture healthcare leaders of the future. This scholarship will allow him to continue his work in changing the world of healthcare through leadership, one step at a time.

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    Birmingham University
    2022
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    Afirra Aris

    Birmingham University
    2022

    Afirra currently volunteers with Greater Action, a non-profit organisation that focuses the education, livelihood and healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. She is part of the conversational English scheme which is a programme designed to expand work opportunities for refugees through improving their English. After learning about the lack of rights that refugees have in Malaysia and the lack of support given to them, Greater Action has quickly become an organisation that she wants to keep working closely with. - All of last academic year, she volunteered with CoachBright, a social mobility organisation committed to supporting pupils from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. She volunteered as a GCSE Maths tutor for the St. Lukes and West Walsall programmes.

    She's also vice-chair of 'Students for Choice', which centres around intersectional feminism and bodily autonomy with an emphasis on reproductive rights. The society is a platform to educate and advocate for women's rights. She's president of 'University of Birmingham in Aid of UNICEF' where their aim is to educate, advocate, and fundraise for children in danger. For the future, Afirra wants to spread awareness on the many issues that women and children face and hopes that her tutees feel more confident in their ability How do you plan to build on this work in the future? She plans to continue volunteering & remain committed to activism - hopefully the area of law she ends up going into will allow me to help make lasting change for vulnerable people.

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    Birmingham University
    2022
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