Manchester’s Joseph Akinnagbe voted student of the year
06 Jul 2010
A University of Manchester undergraduate has was won the prestigious NUS/ Endsleigh Student of the Year award.
Joseph Akinnagbe, 19, will start his third year this September after being recognised for his outstanding work supporting fellow students, the Students' Union and a range of community and business projects.
An international student studying Economics and Finance, Nigerian Joseph impressed the distinguished panel of judges, including Times Higher Education Editor Anne Mroz, Director of the Helena Kennedy Foundation Ellen Dawson and Managing Director of Endsleigh Ian Passmore.
The entrepreneur, consultant, student activist and community worker is currently the youngest ever President of Manchester Entrepreneurs, a University of Manchester Society which supports future businesses and community leaders.
A National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs award recipient, Joseph is a member of the Ernst and Young Top 30 UK Undergraduates and the youngest member of RAW Northwest, a group of the top 250 entrepreneurs in the region.
He is also a National Black Achievers winner and the youngest member of the Lord Davies’ Black Entrepreneurs Roundtable, which gave policy advice to the Labour Government on supporting black and ethnic minority entrepreneurs.
He was elected as a world youth leader with One Young World, a project supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus and former UN Secretary General, Koffi Annan among others.
He has also recently been elected onto the University of Manchester Student Union executive as the International Student Officer.
Joseph also travels down to London whenever he can, to volunteer with an educational charity teaching IT skills to locals in Camberwell.
He is also involved in a campaign to help the many Black and African sufferers of the debilitating autoimmune disease Lupus.
Another student from Manchester also received an NUS award: Josh Carroll –won Student Journalist of the year.
Joseph said: “I think being at University is a brilliant way to help different people so that you can apply what you have learned.
“I strongly believe that students have a duty to use their skills and position to help others.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to be in the right place at the right time – but on the other hand, I’ve worked really hard to achieve this.
“Indeed, if you are prepared to work hard, you will be surprised at just what you can achieve.”
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: "We are very proud of Joseph, and this award demonstrates the extremely valuable contribution students make on our campus and in our local community. We are delighted that Joseph's inspirational work at Manchester has been recognised in this way.
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