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Outstanding Achievement in Charity and the Third Sector Winner Rochelle Watson Shares Her Motivations

Rochelle Watson studies Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University. She has been involved in a number of initiatives to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including being a mentor with a social-enterprise, Spiral; volunteering with Kingston Welcare, a service aimed at promoting the holistic wellbeing of children and families via a range of projects, Read More

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upReach Ten Winner Yasmin Reid-Linfoot shares her journey to success

Yasmin Reid-Linfoot studies Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Having achieved four A*s at A Level, she graduated from her first year with the highest results in her cohort. She has dedicated her time at university to inspiring other students from non-traditional backgrounds, and has taken on the role of Mentor Communications Read More

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SSMA Blog: upReach Ten Winner Tolulope Akinboboye Shares Her Views on Resilience, Mentoring and the Value of Persevering

Tolu is in her final year studying Political Economy at King’s College London as a Desmond Tutu Scholar. Realising that she was often the only woman of colour in the room during her 5 corporate insight weeks, she created the BAME in the City society to support BAME students to obtain internships and access careers. Read More

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SSMA Blog: Professional Services Award Winner Faryaal Aziz Talks Social Mobility, University Societies and the Importance of Being Open-Minded

Faryaal Aziz is in her second year studying Law at the University of Warwick. She first secured experience at a Big Four firm at the age of sixteen. She has been involved in various social mobility charities and enjoys creating activities and presentations to encourage sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider Higher Education. Read More

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SSMA Blog: Creative Industries Award Winner Sahar Summer Bayer Discusses the Music Industry, Social Mobility and Her Advice to Others

Sahar Summer Bayer is in her second year studying Politics and Sociology at Goldsmiths. She has interned at a music management company responsible for artists such as Paul McCartney and Shania Twain; provided consultancy for the Wigmore Hall; been an events assistant and curator at the Roundhouse; and been a junior writer at GRM Daily. Read More

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SSMA Blog: Science and Technology Award Winner Jordan Pearson Shares Her Story

Jordan Pearson studied Business & Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has work experience at IBM and has provided match analysis at Wimbledon. She has delivered technology workshops to primary school children in Bradford, and acts as a mentor for other young women in STEM. She won the Science and Technology Award at the Student Read More

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SSMA Blog: Retail & Consumer Goods Award Winner Ashwinnie Thushyanthan Gives Her Perspective

Ashwinnie Thushyanthan is a final-year student studying Fashion Management at the University of Southampton. Throughout her university career she has worked with luxury fashion brands, and became marketing manager at a small sustainable start-up. One of her highlights was coordinating a new fashion brand for ASOS. She is passionate about social mobility and has hosted Read More

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SSMA Blog: Government and Public Sector Award Winner Josh Collier Shares His Experience

Josh Collier is studying History at the University of York. He took part in the Civil Service Early Diversity Internship Programme in his first year of university and the Summer Diversity Internship Programme in his second year, and recently received an offer to join the Civil Service Diplomatic Fast Stream as a graduate. He has Read More

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SSMA Blog: Banking and Finance Award Winner Suet Au Discusses Her Achievements So Far

Suet Au is studying Management with Finance at the University of Warwick. She has accumulated work experience with J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Aon and Nomura. She is passionate about emboldening other young women to develop their skills and self-confidence, especially in male-dominated fields such as programming; she has been involved in mentoring initiatives and Code Read More