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Inspired by the famous Humans of New York blog by Brandon Stanton, we wanted to create a series of written portraits of the people that we work with and the (sometimes unexpected) stories they have to tell.

– Rachel Collins, Head of Inclusion & Diversity & Chair of Network 25

Meenakshi Lamba

About three and a half years ago, I decided to start focusing on my fitness. It wasn’t about the way that I looked, I just needed to feel healthier. Never ...
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Jaye McGee

My parents were keen for me to be the first in the family to go to university. However, I’m a much more practical person who enjoys on-the-job learning, so I ...
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Stephanie Georgiou

My most valuable possessions are my dance trophies. I did all sorts of dance including tap and contemporary growing up, but ballet was my main focus. It needed a lot ...
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Zac Fisher

One of the biggest decisions of my life was choosing whether to go to university or not. At the end of college, I knew that I wanted to move straight ...
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Samantha Lee

I was born in Hong Kong but at the age of 13, I started boarding school in the UK. It was quite a stressful experience but being in a completely ...
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Joshua De Souza

I did a bit of kayaking when I was younger, but it was only when I went on a university trip to Lee Valley in Hertfordshire that I discovered whitewater ...
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Hannah Davies

Five years ago, one of my brothers had his 18th birthday party in our back garden. He’s a musician so his band played and he got some of his friends ...
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Daniel Saint-Davis

I remember walking in to the student centre one day at university and seeing the Colt stand. The representatives seemed energetic and friendly, so I came over to see what ...
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Abby Taylor

In my third year of university, I went on a year abroad to California. It may sound like a cliché but it was the  best year of my life – ...
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Sue Su

About ten years ago, I decided to do a Masters in Liverpool. I was working in HR and I wanted to learn more about business operations, plus I wanted to ...
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Bavasree Kumar

I love to star gaze. Standing on my balcony, I imagine something in my mind and then see it in the sky by joining the dots in the stars. Whatever ...
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Pedro Lopes

Ten years ago, I was challenged by two colleagues to sign up for a university course with them. My dyscalculia (numerical dyslexia) meant that I’d had to repeat the Portuguese ...
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