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

We had a brilliant line up of speakers, whose individual talks are shared below:

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

The event was FREE and open to ALL PhD and Doctoral students at the University of Manchester. Follow our social media pages via the links below to keep up to date with all inspiring stories, and info for future events!

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!

Dr Hamied Haroon:

Professor Vikas Shah:

Leena Gade:

Professor Nicky Cullum:

Lemn Sissay:

Dr Jack Rivers-Auty:

Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman:

Professor Nancy Rothwell:

Check out these inspirational stories from UoM doctoral students!

 

The story of Carmen Ionita

The story of Carmen Ionita

I find the greatest inspiration in diversity. The more I discover the world around me, the more I discover myself - what I am, what I am not and what I can become. I am inspired by people who are not from my bubble: I like talking to people with different cultural...

The Story of Media Askar

The Story of Media Askar

My grandmother was a poor woman. However, my mother is not poor. She successfully cut the cycle of poverty from my family. Once I asked her. What made her able to do so? The answer is financial literacy. After my grandmother passed away, she had to fight alone to make...

The Story of Lynne Sykes

The Story of Lynne Sykes

I am inspired by the tenacity and optimism I see in others. I am inspired by the wild seas they weather without dissent. I am inspired by the light I see each morning. I am inspired by my calling to diagnose and prevent a multitude of illnesses through discourse and...

The Story of Nadine Mirza

The Story of Nadine Mirza

What is my inspiration? I feel fickle when asked. As if a singular response is lying. When my inspiration is constantly changing, boasting so many faces, how can I name it? Is it the grand scale 850,000 living with dementia in the UK? Or the comparatively microscopic...

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...