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Loughborough student gets Royal approval for charity work

Prince Charles with Alexandros Pamnani

Prince Charles with Alexandros Pamnani.

Loughborough University student Alexandros Pamnani has received the Royal thumbs-up for his work with disadvantaged young people.

Pamnani, 22, founded a non-profit organisation called Future4all after last year’s London riots in an attempt to help youngsters get into education and work. He has spent the past year structuring it with a large global company before going into schools next year.

His former place of study, Croydon College, asked him to play host when they invited HRH Prince of Wales and HRH Duchess of Cornwall to see their work in the community programme.

It capped an incredible six years for Pamnani who left school with just four GCSEs but is now hoping to take a Masters at either an Oxbridge or Ivy League university in the United States after completing his degree in Engineering and Management at Loughborough University.

Pamnani, who is in his third and final year of his course at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, said: “They were fascinated by my story and hard work. Prince Charles asked quite a bit about where I was working, J.P. Morgan, and paid tribute to my determination.”

He set up Future4all after the turmoil in London and across the UK last summer. He said: “I formed Future4all after the London riots to help the majority of innocent and hard-working youngsters in London as a positive reaction to quell all the negative headlines.

“I came from a college where students had varied backgrounds. Many smart kids were unsure in what they wanted to do.

“So it’s something to give them guidance, to show them what they can do. A lot of students don’t understand what an engineering or law degree entails and how to bridge the gap from school to becoming a professional”.

Pamnani used his contacts at universities around the country he made while President and Governor at Croydon College and got 75 volunteers on board to back the venture and offer workshops with employers and universities.

Pamnani has come a long way since leaving school with four GCSEs after losing his mother to cancer. He decided to knuckle down and did a Car Mechanics course before doing the relevant A Level/BTEC courses whilst working part time.

He said: “It made me change and focus on my studies. It made me put my head down and focus on getting the grades I needed to get into university.”

Pamnani was accepted at Loughborough University after also gaining offers from other universities, such as The London School of Economics and University College London.

And Pamnani, who is on the prestigious Ironmongers’ Scholarship at Loughborough, has seen his profile soar in his near three years at the university.

He has just completed an internship at the top investment bank J.P. Morgan and has also done an internship at HM Treasury and HM Cabinet Office, and advised educational company Pearson Edexcel on improving qualifications from BTECs to A Levels. He is also in talks with local councils regarding a piece of technology he designed and created to improve road safety.

Moreover, he was the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) Young Engineer of 2012, the Vocational Qualification Learner of 2011, and received the Spirit of London Achievement through Education 2012 from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at Downing Street and the London Learner of 2011 from Mayor Boris Johnson.  

At Loughborough, he has held significant posts, and sat on numerous governing boards. He has been an elected Trustee, Academic Chair, and Councillor among others within the university and Students’ Union whilst being shortlisted last year for “Writing the Best Article in Label”, the Students’ Union magazine publication. He is currently a columnist for The Epinal Student Newspaper.

He said Loughborough University had played a major part in his achievements. “The support by the staff I have received has been extraordinary,” he said.

Pamnani hopes to do a Masters and has applied to Cambridge and three universities in America, including Harvard.

He said: “I have applied for a scholarship in the States and I’m awaiting feedback from that.”


For all media enquiries contact:

Chris Goddard
Public Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: C.J.Goddard@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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