Kellogg Community Engagement Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

Sevim Aktas – MSc Energy Systems

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Sevim has recently worked on Policy Hacks Oxford, a weekend long hackathon intended to create data driven and policy proposals to help the city of Oxford tackle specific problems that will arise in a post Covid work. The hackathon focused on mental health, local economy, homelessness, and community engagement. Sevim is also part of the Oxford Union Society, representing international students on the Access Committee, and is an ambassador and volunteer for Basic Write, an NGO that collects unused notebooks and pens for donation to schools in Zambia.

Joyce Balami – DPhil Evidence Based Health Care

Joyce’s research work on the new clot retrieval treatment (mechanical thrombectomy) for acute ischaemic stroke, and her systematic review and meta-analysis of published clot retrieval treatment trials in 2015, formed the basis of new lifesaving treatment recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in the UK. Joyce’s recent publication provides evidence on the resources required, and the true costs, of providing mechanical thrombectomy in routine clinical settings. It is hoped that this will help policy makers, clinicians and researchers with future planning of thrombectomy services in the UK .

Deland Chan – DPhil Sustainable Urban Development

Deland co-founded the Chinatown Urban Institute in 2010 as a seven-week youth programme offered by the Chinatown Community Development Centre in San Francisco, California. The programme aims to empower young adults to learn about urban planning, using the city as a living and breathing laboratory for knowledge. Through seminars, walking and bike tours, and interactive fieldwork, Urban Fellows learn the history, technical skills, and pragmatic applications of the planning profession as a tool for social justice and advocacy. Graduates of the Chinatown Urban Institute have gone on to take positions in city government departments and non-profit organisations or pursued post-secondary degrees in urban planning, architecture, and public policy.

In 2019-20, Deland worked to refresh the Urban Institute curriculum and teach the Summer 2019 class. She is continuing to develop the curriculum in light of the new challenges that Covid-19 presents in ways that are connected to her DPhil research on sustainability issues in Chinatown, and in response to emerging community needs.

Frederik Filz von Reiterdank – MSc Software Engineering

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Frederik set up the Students Against Corona group, a platform which connects students to those in need, whether its help with shopping, collecting medication, or supporting vulnerable people. The group also helps those wishing to set up a volunteer hub in their local area. This group has since been scaled up to nine countries, with many volunteers all over the world and has so far delivered over 100,000 meal deliveries/food donations, as well as helping in many other ways, including with distributing PPE supplies and other essential items. Read more about Students Against Corona on our news page.

Kokulan Mahendiran– MSc Diplomatic Studies

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Koko is the head of the Students Against Corona group, a platform created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which connects students to those in need of help, whether its with shopping, collecting medication, or supporting vulnerable people. The group also helps those wishing to set up a volunteer hub in their local area. This group has since been scaled up to nine countries, with many volunteers all over the world and has so far delivered over 100,000 meal deliveries/food donations, as well as helping in many other ways, including with distributing PPE supplies and other essential items.

James McDowell – MSc Learning and Teaching

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James is working on creating place-based, experiential learning opportunities for students in Pictou County, Canada. The aim is to address what representatives working in the region identify as ‘important ideas’ that students should understand, so that they can make responsible, informed decisions in their community. This collaboration, with professionals who do practical, real-world work in this area, has enabled reflection of teaching practices to effect positive change and societal awareness, while accomplishing the goals of school curricula.

Nteranya Arnold Sanginga – MPhil Development Studies

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Nteranya is the Content Developer for the Congolese organisation #CongoExcellence. Their role includes developing products like the #CE magazine, which publishes insights about the  experiences of exemplary Congolese, making them accessible to young Congolese. The inaugural edition, released April 2020, included interviews with those working in fashion, mental health, diplomacy, the coffee industry and an Organization Spotlight introducing the Noëlla Coursaris Musunka’s Malaika Foundation; a foundation providing access to education and employment for young girls, women and mothers in Kalebuka, DRC. Nteranya was also involved in organising the Lumumba Challenge 2020, asking Congolese youth to present their visions for the future of the nation. Currently, they are working on ways to help during the pandemic, including a successful #CongoExcellence fundraiser for three local Congolese organisations supporting communities during Covid-19.

Sandeep Unwith – DPhil Oncology

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Sandeep founded Oxford Social Entrepreneurs; with no membership fee, it hopes to remove access barriers and make entrepreneurship accessible . This has led to the development of several social entrepreneurship projects covering various issues, such as domestic violence prevention, malnutrition reduction, assistance for the homeless and developing 3D printing. Sandeep works closely with students to develop their ideas, products, partnerships, and funding resources. The society has partnerships with the Skoll Centre for Entrepeneurship, and other Oxford based and global organisations. Sandeep has an interest in user generated social innovation, equality, and poverty eradication.

Siyang Zhou – DPhil Education

In February 2020, Siyang delivered a half-day session, to about 40 course leaders and head teachers from the UK, Netherlands and Sweden, at the cross-center CPD event of the Cambridge Education Group (CEG) . The sessions introduced the education landscape in China, the learning styles of Chinese students, and how to tackle some challenging classroom problems and apply those strategies to students from wider backgrounds. Siyang was also the Kellogg MCR International Student Representative,and was involved in organising cultural exchange events including a Chinese calligraphy workshop and international dessert tasting.