Management Science PhD student wins award in national competition
Published 17 April 2011
Saudi Arabian Management Science PhD student Taghreed Al-Ghaith’s inspirational story of student life in the UK has resulted in her being named a runner-up in the regional finals of the UK’s biggest international student competition.
Taghreed was one of more than 1,200 students, from 118 countries, to enter the ninth annual International Student Awards – a major initiative from the British Council that shines the spotlight on international students and their contributions to life in the UK.
Taghreed attended a national awards ceremony in London on April 13.
To enter the competition, international students were encouraged to write a personal ‘letter home’ in English, detailing the out-of-class achievements that help make their time in the UK so rewarding.
Taghreed at the Shine awards ceremony in London
Students studying at universities, colleges of further and higher education, schools and English language institutions across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shared stories about the extra-curricular achievements that illustrate how they are making the most of their time in the UK.
Taghreed’s letter was judged to be one of the best from Northwest England and she received a £100 prize at the awards ceremony.
In her story, Taghreed described how she has combined her PhD study with volunteering at Lancaster Public Library and the British Heart Foundation: “The spiritual rewards and satisfaction I received from volunteering have inspired me to help unfortunate people, wherever they may be in the world. I will use my education and experience to help people who cannot get proper education for whatever reason. I know what they may be going through because I’ve been there myself,” said Taghreed.