7 Oct 2019

Black Excellence group receive community recognition

A group of alumni and students have been working together on “Black Excellence” (BE), a group formed in Loughborough to inspire black people across the UK and to be a positive influence in the community.

The group, formed by alumnus Dr Ayodeji Akiwowo (PhD Civil and Building Engineering 2012), has been named the “Top Team” in the Charnwood Community Heroes awards 2019. Ayodeji works with four other core members, including Juliet Ojiako and Chidinma Okorie who are PhD researchers at the University.

The awards, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, celebrate positive contributions made by people, groups and businesses in the borough ranging from scout groups and charities to people helping the homeless.

Top Team, BE, work to inspire young black and ethnic minority people to reach their potential through mentoring and CV work, community events and share exciting stories of successful BME professionals.

The group work with fellow alumni, students and members of university staff to share profiles and work on their events and as part of the Black History Month programme of activity at the University, Dr Akiwowo will be presenting to a group of Year 12 school students about Black UK Scientists.

Congratulations to the team.

Find out more about Black Excellence online.