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18 April 2023

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St Hugh’s undergraduate Leo Tidmarsh is finalist of LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2023

Congratulations to our French and Arabic third-year undergraduate Leo Tidmarsh who has made it to the finals of the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2023.

The LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year award seeks to recognise LGBTQ+ students who are making a positive difference within the LGBTQ+ community. This could be someone who is actively breaking down barriers and leaving a legacy, or it could be a student who acts as a role model by being fully themselves and excelling in their field. Along with Edinburgh University student, Ellanee Kruck, Leo set up a group for young queer people in Amman, Jordan to attend where they were able to discuss the issues they were encountering. It was a really vibrant group with people from all different nationalities and walks of life.

Leo studies French and Arabic  St Hugh’s and is the LGBTQ+ Representative for the JCR alongside fellow undergraduate, Alex Lowrie. Leo said, ‘ I love helping members of the community wherever I am, and I think I wanted to do the same in Jordan as I would in the UK. At St Hugh’s, I help plan the events and activities for LGBTQ+ members of the college, and generally love being there for people should they need any support! I decided to enter the competition simply because I thought what my friend and I had achieved could help to show people that no matter where you are in the world, you can make a difference.’

The LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year award final will be hosted by the world’s largest integrated global law firm, Clifford Chance at their HQ in London on Friday 21 April 20223. The winning student will be given a unique experience with Clifford Chance, including work experience tailored to their interests and various networking opportunities with the firm’s LGBTQ+ network.

The Undergraduate of the Year Awards were set up to identify and celebrate the UK’s best undergraduates. For more information on the awards please click here.

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