On Saturday 18 March the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) hosted the Future Leaders UK for an exciting insight day.
QMLAC and Future Leaders UK have been working together since 2021 on the Community Mentoring Scheme. Undergraduate Student Mentors from different departments across the university have one or two mentees who are sixth form students from the Future Leaders UK programme. They meet up monthly to discuss careers, university life and personal statements. The QMUL students predominantly come from the School of Law, but this has expanded to include those studying English, Drama, Geography and History to name a few.
We thought it would be great to get everyone together in-person and give the Future Leaders an insight into Queen Mary and university life. 200 of the Future Leaders spent the afternoon with their mentors and worked their way through three workshops.
Professor Alan Dignam hosted an informative talk on admissions, personal statements, and national pay gaps.
Senior lecturer John Adenitire spoke about his personal career journey and taught a fantastic introduction to salsa dancing to highlight the importance of personal well-being when considering careers.
Our Director Frances Ridout, and our Client and Student Administrator, Gbemisolo Obolo, hosted interactive Street Law workshops called ‘Should it be a crime?’. These workshops saw some engaging discussions and debate between the Future Leaders who ultimately came up with their own definitions of what a crime is.
We ended the day with lunch, an opportunity to network and campus tours.
A massive thank you to our facilitators, mentors, and the Future Leaders UK for making this such a successful day.