The International Relations Office has the opportunity to work with a diverse range of brilliant students and we love sharing and celebrating their successes. Our students, both outgoing and incoming, continually push themselves to explore and expand their knowledge, which provides unique and rewarding experiences. The IRO provides support for these students as they discover new cultures, ideas and experiences.
School of Management Student Wins People of Erasmus Award
Chloe Granger, a student on the BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) course, has been awarded a People of Erasmus+ 2020 award. Chloe undertook an internship in Paris at luxury fashion and beauty brand Luis Vuitton.
Erasmus+ provides support to education, training, youth and sport in Europe, giving students like Chloe the opportunity to expand not only academically and professionally, but also in cultural and social experience. The programme has helped over 200,000 people in the UK since 2014, and in order to celebrate their community, the People of Erasmus+ competition is run each year. This year, there were 121 applications with a variety of Erasmus+ experiences and 10 stories were chosen as winners.
Chloe described her time in Paris at Luis Vuitton as “the most insightful, informative and glamorous (most of the time!) experience” of her life. Below, she recounts the highlights of her stay and the key skills she gained.
"Being able to walk the corridors of where some of fashion's greatest legends have walked has been a true pleasure and I have been able to meet many inspirational colleagues and attend some very exciting events, which have broadened my perspectives and increased my knowledge of the industry. The two highlights of my experience have been taking part in the press day for the launch of their new feminine fragrance (shows in my selfie!) and being able to attend the FW20 fashion show as a member of staff and chaperone to a celebrity guest. These two experiences pushed me out of my comfort zone, forcing me to use every ounce of initiative possible. My confidence both in myself and my french language skills has skyrocketed and this internship has confirmed the pathway I want to take in my future career! I have learnt a great deal about my perseverance and personal goals and this experience has left me feeling inspired, creative and motivated!"
Chloe is a fantastic example of those who can benefit from programmes like Erasmus+ and we are very proud to be working with students like her.
For more information on the People in Erasmus+ 2020 awards click here.
Albert Opoku wins Study UK’s Social Impact Award 2020
Congratulations to Albert Opuku, an entrepreneur and University of Bath graduate, who has won Study UK’s Social Impact Award at their Alumni Awards 2020. This is awarded each year by Study UK to recognise UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.
Based in Kumasi, Ghana, Albert co-founded the hapaSpace collaborative hub, providing start-ups training, technology and mentorship opportunities. Since its conception in 2016, hapaSpace has supported more than 1,000 people to grow their business. The business also supplies entrepreneurs with a network of professionals opening doors for potential collaborations, but also funding opportunities and co-working spaces.
Albert has also contributed nationally in Ghana through tech projects, such as Google-funded Code4Girls, which has helped to train over 1,200 girls in computer programming. He secured the funding for this programme through the Google Entrepreneurship grant while studying at the University of Bath.
Albert describes the access to world-class tech facilities, events and experts as the highlight of his UK education.
Click here to watch Albert discuss his company and the programmes he has worked on.