I’m studying for a Master’s Degree in International Development at Oxford University, only through the generosity of my amazing donors! I’m running the Inflatable 5k – the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course – to raise the tuition fees I need to complete the final year.
We fundraised enough for me to complete year 1 of this 2 year course and I’m hoping that you can help me raise the remaining fees to cross the finish line and graduate. The total tuition fee cost is £44,000 - I’m not eligible for any Oxford Scholarships, and given that I come from a low-income background and there is shortage of charity funding for British Students, I faced the impossibility of not taking up the study place I deserved. Fundraising is currently my only option.
Prior to beginning my course, I worked at the institution for 2 years, pouring my all into developing students as leaders and bringing their ideas to life. I launched the institution’s only leadership conference for minority ethnic students, supported students to fundraise £40k annually for charity, and helped them to find their authentic voice and confidence. In essence, I have invested in the education of Oxford students but am facing barriers to pursuing my own education here.
You can watch the interview I did with the BBC
Read my interviews with Oxford University and the Global Thinkers Forum
Listen to this podcast with Jamaican Youth Ambassador about Jamaican Oxford Alumni
I am fundraising for my final year fees of £22,000 so I would really appreciate sponsorships of £22 or more to help me Cross the Finish Line. This is a suggestion - I would appreciate any help you can give. I have 8 weeks to reach my target - I’ve been able to secure my living costs and just need to secure the rest!
Here’s what some of the students I have worked with have said….
I’m immensely grateful to Hannah for her constant support, and her insistence that I should trust what I knew rather than the guy in the room who could shout the loudest. I learned that taking on a leadership position like this is more challenging than you might expect, but I also learned to recognise when I deserve to be listened to and respected, and to be confident in my own knowledge and instincts.
Hannah has helped so many of us at Oxford. Countless people know and love her, especially for her tireless work on behalf of students of colour at our University. It seems wildly unfair that a lack of funding means she could be barred from studying at the institution she has done so much for. Please donate to her tuition fees fundraiser here
Thank you personally for all you’ve done! The leadership conference was a real turning point for me – it helped reaffirm a commitment to being loud about wanting change rather than accepting the status quo in defeat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being up for my wild and wacky ideas and for just always being a supportive voice.
You’re an asset to Oxford and I just can’t accept the possibility that you don’t reach the fundraising mark. I want to help you because you’ve changed the game for students like me.
The amazing Hannah has given so much to Oxford through her work at the SU for the past few years and now has the opportunity to study an International Development masters here. However, the crazy (!) masters fee is a huge barrier to this – so please, if you are able to give £2 or £20 towards tuition costs in order for Hannah to study, I can’t think of a more deserving person, so she can go on to influence fair policies and strategies within development
A bit more about me and my course…
International development is all about the socio-economic development of countries, communities, and individuals in order to maximise human capabilities, improve life chances, secure justice, healthcare, education, and the like. It’s a huge field but I am particularly passionate about working with youth and intend to move into a career in consulting where I would focus on evaluating strategies and programmes to attain the best outcomes for the young people that they serve.
It’s a sector that is pretty poor in diversity. The first Black British UK ambassador was only appointed in 2018. Given many of those in the sector come through elite institutions such as Oxford and 0.9% of Masters admissions to Oxford in my cohort were Black British (that’s approx. 41 out of 4,438), access to education for students like myself needs to be addressed. In addition to serving youth, I’m also looking forward to working on diversity within the organisations where my feet fall - over the past year I’ve worked with local organisations in Oxford to improve their Diversity and Equality initiatives and practices, and honestly, I can’t see myself stopping!
Oxford has been exactly what I wanted and needed as a stepping stone to where I am going. I’ve developed the research skills that I needed and am writing my thesis under an amazing professor. My thesis is exploring the activities of the Jamaican Diaspora and how it’s relationship with the Jamaican state could be changing. Given the relationship to date has mainly been about remittances, a move towards more involvement of the diaspora in policy making could make room for a new way of thinking about who is involved in developing countries, other than charities and NGOs such as the UN. For the coming year I’ll be studying a module in inclusive poverty measurement and evaluation, and the politics of film in Africa.
I studied Law and Criminology at Sheffield University at undergraduate level. Here I received financial support to spend a year studying International Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a scholarship to spend the summer break studying International Negotiation at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. During my degree I also worked as a pro-bono legal advisor for locals SMEs and worked with local school pupils from low-income backgrounds to encourage them into higher education. This was all while working alongside study to make ends meet and I do wonder what more I could have achieved had this not needed to be the case.
After graduating, I interned at Sheffield SU where my institution-wide audit on internationalisation challenged and transformed the leadership’s approach to the student experience. I am a member of the Global Thinkers Forum, a global network of Thought Leaders seeking to develop the same potential they see in their mentees. I recently did an interview with them which you can view here . I also recently worked with a Jamaican Youth Ambassador to produce podcast conversations with Jamaican Oxford Alumni to shine a light on their experiences and I have started pursuing this further with a research project on Caribbean Oxford Alumni to change the narrative of who is 'Oxford Material'.
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