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Welcome to UoM Stories: Inspirational Speaker Showcase

UoM Stories in an initiative set up by PhD students to help inspire us. It is a Ted-Talk/Humans of New York-style event which will showcase inspirational speakers who will share their life stories.

The event will be held in Whitworth Hall, on Thursday 31st January 2019, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

We have an exciting line up of speakers, who are excited to meet and share their story with you:

  • Professor Nancy Rothwell, DBE – President, UoM
  • Lemn Sissay, MBE – Chancellor, UoM
  • Leena Gade – Formula One Race Car Engineer, UoM graduate
  • Professor Vikas Shah, MBE – Top UK Entrepreneur, UoM
  • Dr Hameed Haroon – Research Associate
  • Professor Nicky Cullum, DBE – Head of Nursing, UoM
  • Dr Jack Rivers-Auty – Young Researcher and Future Leader Fellow , UoM
  • Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman, Research Associate, UoM (will be using sign language)

The event is FREE and open to ALL PhD and Doctoral students at the University of Manchester. A full itinerary will be emailed closer to the event to everyone that has signed up. The event includes a coffee break and drinks reception to allow you to meet, share and inspire. Sign up via the link to guarantee your place!

More importantly, what is your story? Send us a photo of yourself and a paragraph on who or what inspires you for the chance to win £200 at the event! We will also advertise your story via social media and our university blog page, all to inspire others!

We are on a mission to infuse the university halls with inspirational stories. Join us and be part of the movement!

To meet, share and inspire!

Check out these inspirational stories from UoM doctoral students!

 

The Story of Armida Gjindali

The Story of Armida Gjindali

There is a connection between scientists, which transcends time and space, a feeling of mutual support and a common way of perceiving the world. No matter the time or place they lived we can always connect with them because we feel the effects of their actions in...

The Story of Anna, PhD student of Medicine

The Story of Anna, PhD student of Medicine

Loes is the most inspirational person I know, even though she doesn’t have an MBA. She started working at age 14. When she was 35, she met my brother and me. She became our nanny, and over the next 15 years we were lucky enough to spend more than 1500 days with her....

The Story of Hanum Yaakub

The Story of Hanum Yaakub

After finished high school, I was offered a scholarship to pursue my first degree in Japan. It was a twinning program; 2 years in Malaysia + 3 years in Japan. During the first 2 years, we need to learn Japanese Language and Sciences subjects. We were also taught about...

The Story of Liliana Correia

The Story of Liliana Correia

Who does inspire me? Those who believe in us more than ourselves Inspiring to always break the boundaries that we create. Those who are still dreaming, Who are conscious and work for a better life and healthy world to our and next generation. Those who tell us to be...

The Story of Jessica Stepanous

The Story of Jessica Stepanous

My mum inspires me to work hard and persevere even when times are tough. She came to the UK from Austria 30 years ago, perfected her English and raised six children. Our family went through some difficult times around 10 years ago which could have broken her, but she...

The Story of Christopher Heath

The Story of Christopher Heath

I am inspired by anybody who tries to make the world a better place and improve the lives of the people around them. I am also inspired by the curiosity about ourselves and the world around us that science fosters. One of the reasons I enjoy research is that it has...

The Story of Minerva Ledezma Martínez

The Story of Minerva Ledezma Martínez

After recovering of a long term illness and two surgeries, my goal was to achieve the English level required to be accepted at The University of Manchester to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I learnt English by myself, taking a few formal classes. My desire to...

The Story of Sasiporn Ounjaichon

The Story of Sasiporn Ounjaichon

My inspiration for becoming a nurse comes from my parents since my father was a soldier and my mother was a nurse. When my father passed away, I was very young and did not know about his illness. It was my deep feeling that someday I must be able to take care of my...

The Story of Alysha Shivji

The Story of Alysha Shivji

Survivors inspire me. Those who have faced the unthinking and not only survive but thrive. They continue to fight for what they believe in. The strength of heart and drive in survivors surpasses the greatest superpower. Their strength inspires me to keep fighting for...

The Story of Aleksandra Besevic

The Story of Aleksandra Besevic

I am inspired by small acts of kindness. In 2016, I started a project called Plant and Hope which has been extremely successful – it continues to bloom! There have been seven events to date. The idea was to improve students’ working spaces and thereby their...