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October 21st 2020

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Black History Month profile: Melvin Mezue (Neuroscience, 2010)

As part of our programme for Black History Month 2020 we are taking the opportunity to recognise and share the outstanding contributions alumni of African and Caribbean descent have made.

While at Oxford, Melvin Mezue was President of the Africa Society, Divisional Representative for the Student Union, a tutor, part of the MCR Committee, and an Academic Foundation Doctor. Melvin was Rare Rising Star 2013 Winner and named the ‘UK’s top black student.’

Melvin completed his DPhil in Neuroscience at St Hugh’s College in 2013, and has gone on to a remarkable career.

Some of Melvin’s research has been exhibited at the Science Museum and featured on BBC’s The One Show. He has also founded companies, including Idozi, a mobile health service in Nigeria.

Melvin is currently an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company.

The Lady Ademola Fund

Earlier this year, we were delighted to launch the Lady Ademola Fund in honour of alumna Kofoworola Ademola Moore (English, 1932), the first black African woman to achieve a degree at Oxford. The Fund will support Black graduate students and visiting scholars from Africa. If you would like to support the College’s effort to encourage greater participation and representation from Africa, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 274975.

Read more in this series:

Black History Month profile: Lady Ademola (English, 1932)

Black History Month profile: Patrice Wellesley-Cole (Law, 1971)

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