Wednesday 22nd March 2017
College alumni student nominated for ‘Women to Watch List’
John Leggott College alumni and former Melior Community Academy student, Aimee Francis, has been nominated for the University of Leeds ‘Women to Watch List’ following her incredible success since enrolling to study BSc Economics.
The ‘Women to Watch List’ is a UK-wide initiative to celebrate inspirational women in Higher Education, and works on a voting basis. Aimee has been nominated by her peers at the University of Leeds as a result of the internships she has secured at Deloitte and BP, an international study placement and her contribution as President of the Leeds Women in Leadership Society. This newly-formed society works to empower individuals to overcome gender bias and fight for diversity, as well as gain skills and an understanding of leadership qualities. Aimee has recently won the ‘Leeds University Business School Partnership Award for Equality and Diversity’ as a result of her efforts with co-founding and managing this society.
After studying A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Economics and an Extended Project Qualification at John Leggott College in 2015/16, Aimee is now working hard towards her degree in Economics. In addition to her work with the Leeds Women in Leadership Society, Aimee is also a member of the Leeds University Business School Society, Sign Language Society and Baking Society.
Aimee was inspired to pursue a degree in Economics following her positive experience of studying at John Leggott College:
“I really enjoyed all of my subjects and my teachers were amazing. My Economics teacher, Jon Woods, is simultaneously the scariest and the kindest, most hardworking teacher I’ve ever met! He was so helpful and such a good teacher. I enjoyed what I was actually learning and the way it was taught – in Maths, the teachers ensured it wasn’t all about doing exercises out of books; there was a variety of activities that improved my understanding.
“A real success was going to the Target 2.0 competition with a team from Economics, where we presented our view on what the MPC should do about monetary policy – I learnt a lot about economics and myself. Ultimately my main success was coming out with A*A*A and an additional A* in my EPQ.”
Whilst at John Leggott College, Aimee worked on a sustainability project with the college Starbucks to trial giving free coffee in exchange for returned coffee sleeves. She was also part of the Student Leadership Team, which enabled her to represent the student voice in college.
“Studying at JLC definitely helped me get to where I am now – it made me take on challenges and push myself outside of my comfort zone. I would never have dreamed of being able to speak publicly, but at college I gave two speeches and have since given lecture announcements at University. College helped me to gain important skills that have empowered me to achieve what I have managed so far. Overall, my time at John Leggott College was one of the best times of my life – it enabled me to be who I am today and allowed me to meet so many great people.”
Voting for the ‘Women to Watch List’ closes this Sunday 26th March, and the winner from The University of Leeds will go through to the UK final selection. Please show your support to Aimee by placing your vote – she has made huge leaps in her academic and personal success, and is now doing hugely valuable work to inspire other women to achieve throughout the UK. She was also already recognised as a ‘woman to watch’ by John Leggott College as she is on the front cover of our current prospectus! http://thetab.com/uk/brands/2017/03/20/leeds-students-named-women-watch-2017-13366.