Commitment to inclusive practice

Harum Mukhayer is recognised for her outstanding work to improve college and university life.

Harum Mukhayer has been commended for her outstanding contribution to college and university life.

Harum [2016], who is doing a PhD in Law, was Highly Commended for her outstanding contribution to Inclusive Practice in the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award selected by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Harum was recognised for a range of activities for both her college and the University as a whole. She piloted the role of BAME officer in the Pembroke Middle Combination Room, a role that is now permanent. Moreover, for the last three years she has also organised an Iftar Meal in Pembroke College to which Muslims and non-Muslims were invited, with a group of Muslims acting as a 'living library', explaining Ramadan, the practice of fasting and its spiritual significance. She has set in place arrangements for this to be a permanent feature of college life.

In the university Harum has led Decolonise Law initiatives with law students, taken part in outreach introduction to law events, raised awareness about incidents of racial and religious discrimination at the Faculty of Law and led consultations with Squire Library staff on making the Faculty of Law a safe-space for BAME law students. She has also designed graduate Equality and Diversity workshop templates for freshers week and organised a number of events for 2018 Black History Month, including the first all BAME Comedy Set in collaboration with fellow Gates Cambridge Scholar Cansu Karabiyik, founder of Laugh4Change.

Also mentioned were Harum's role as President of the African Society of Cambridge University from 2016-2017 when her achievements included student concession tickets for annual Africa Together Conference and her time as Gates-Cambridge Community Officer during which she organised inclusive welfare events for Gates Scholars, established inter-faith prayer spaces in the Gates Room and drafted the Gates-Cambridge Harassment and Sexual Misconduct guidelines and policy. Harum was also praised for her role as Head of Finance for Cambridge University Science Policy Exchange from 2016-2017.

The Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award is a new award piloted this year and drew over 100 nominations from undergraduates and postgraduates. The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning says: "This new award was established as an opportunity for members of the collegiate University to show appreciation for our students' efforts to improve the learning and teaching experiences of their peers, and to celebrate their contributions to enhancing the excellence of Cambridge education through their voluntary or extracurricular activities."