ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year.
“I am honored to have been selected as a Millennium Fellow and given the opportunity to network and share ideas with passionate leaders from around the world to reach a set of common goals.
The Millennium Fellowship will provide so many hardworking organizations with a global platform to share ideas and strategies to bring about a social change. Working with the Millennium Fellowship, I hope to increase awareness surrounding student wellbeing and eliminate the stigma regarding mental health.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
Ayla Mahmud is the Vice Chair of the King’s College London Student Dental Council, a society which formally represents KCL dental students. King’s College London Student Dental Council aims to address any issues that students face and liaise with staff and tutors with the aim to improve student experience. Currently the council is particularly focusing on student wellbeing and metal health.
The team began to manage the issue by developing a stress pack, providing students with a comprehensive list of the support available to them for a variety of issues they may face including accommodation, funding and mental health support. Over the upcoming months, the team aims to introduce regular wellbeing events and encourage students to take a break and promote SDG3. In addition, they aim to set up a smoothly running peer assisted learning program in which senior students can provide juniors with academic and personal support.
Students are faced with mental health challenges in academic institutes all over the world. King’s College London Student Dental Council hopes that by December they have not only implemented these changes at their own campus, but have also highlighted this issue in other institutes and provided a framework to address the issue and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.
Mental and physical wellbeing is essential for us to progress efficiently, globally to advance academic achievement and develop our institutes, thus fulfilling UNAI 2.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ayla Mahmud is a third year dental student studying at King’s College London, United Kingdom. She has been a member of the Student Dental Council for 3 years and was also an active year representative during her previous Biomedical Science degree. These experiences have developed her understanding regarding the difficulties students face whilst they are enrolled in higher education. She has also been involved with wellbeing initiatives including volunteering with the homeless and working to remove the stigma surrounding this issue in society, as well as volunteering with children suffering from physical and mental disabilities. She is passionate about helping others and aspires to become a dentist with a particular focus on providing dental care for people who do not have access to such facilities.