United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 


University College London | London, United Kingdom | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

" I am honoured to have been selected to be part of the Millennium Fellowship. I look forward to collaborating with talented young minds across the globe to advance the ever-important Sustainable Development Goals. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has acutely highlighted the growing need to harness the power of unity and collaboration in order to achieve (and help) at a mass scale! My initiative harnesses the power of mentoring and volunteering to reduce educational inequalities in my local area. As Malcolm X famously said: "Education is the passport to the future" and I hope to indelibly touch the lives of many through my education-centred project! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Realising Medics

Realising Medics is a student-run mentoring scheme which aims to widen access to Medicine as a viable career path. The scheme helps students through their application- from proof-reading their personal statement, providing admissions test tips, mock interview preparation and everything in between! It operates in two simple ways:

1. Schools project: This involves us (East London medical students) going into schools and running seminars/workshops with students in sixth form colleges and answering questions regarding Medicine as a degree and a career.
2. Social media: This involves running a Twitter which supports students in their application online and providing informal support and advice to them.

The scheme has a particular focus on students that live in East London, UK as the Black, Asian and minority (BAME) community here unfortunately doesn't get access to opportunities, advice and mentoring which are important in submitting a good application! As the project is split over social media and schools, it is important to measure impact (across these two separate streams) in different ways.

For the school project, we aim to host 5 workshops with schools in East London. The projected number of students this will reach is 100. In order to ensure that we gain sufficient feedback, we will send out a questionnaire to students at the end of each workshop and we will log this feedback onto an Excel spreadsheet so we can analyse data.

For the social media project, we aim to mentor 100 students online. We will keep a running log of all the students we help and document the timeline of their application. This will once again be logged into a separate spreadsheet so we can analyse the data at the end of the academic year.

We will also use data that social media companies provide (such as interactions/tweets/retweets/likes) in order to measure our impact and see where our project is being seen and viewed. Also, in order to keep the project free and sustainable for students, we aim to raise £1000 worth of sponsorships. A sponsorship package will be created and sent out to a list of sponsors who are interested in the project.

About the Millennium Fellow

Haseeb Akhtar is an incoming 4th year medical student at UCL, with a BSc in Global Health and a particular interest in health systems, leadership, writing and widening participation.

Having grown up in Newham, the second most deprived borough in London, Haseeb is passionate about students in his local area obtaining places at the best universities in the world! His project focuses on mentoring students in order to alleviate the barriers associated with applying to medicine.


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