Cambridge University undergraduate Akilah Jeffers has been named Black Students Officer of the Year.

Akilah, President of the CUSU Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students Campaign, received the prestigious award at the NUS Blacks Students Achievers Awards.

The award seeks to recognise the achievement of a BME student who has made a significant impact on the lives of BME students at a university and national level.

Akilah’s achievements include establishing Cambridge University’s first Diversity Week, Black History Season and a hugely successful Ethnic Minorities Careers Fair.

She has represented BME students within the university at CUSU Council, and at a national level at NUS conferences.

She has described the experience as “challenging at times, but hugely rewarding”.

Akilah added: “The University has been very supportive throughout, and the help of the Equality and Diversity team has been invaluable.”

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