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Homerton students named in The Top 100 Women to Watch for 2017

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Olivia (left) and Suroor (right) hold medals awarded to them by Barclays UK

Olivia Buckland and Suroor Rahimtoola, both current Homerton students, were voted onto The Tab Future 100 in April, a list of high achieving women at UK universities. Six students were selected overall from the University of Cambridge.

Those who featured on the list were voted for by 215,841 students and included charity ambassadors, successful young business women and dedicated activists.  Barclays was the official sponsor of The Tab’s list and their aim was to help celebrate the achievements of young women across the country.

Olivia Buckland, who is in her second year studying Education with English and Drama, is a two-time cancer survivor and the current President of Pink Week, a charitable organisation. This year she has helped raise over £33,500 across 63 events in one week for Breast Cancer charities and research. After years of chemotherapy, surgeries, and a stem cell transplant, Olivia returned to rowing and is now the Women's Boat Club Captain for Homerton College. She is also a Homerton Student Union Committee member. In her spare time, Olivia runs Orchid Bay Photography, specialising in UK Wedding and Lifestyle photos. She also recently took part in the Round the Island Yacht Race with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, and has hopes of one day sailing around Britain.

Suroor Rahimtoola joined Homerton College in 2016, and is in her first year studying Land Economy. Upon arriving, she became the Freshers' representative for the Pakistani society and then won a place on the Homerton May Ball Committee. Prior to this, Suroor was part of the Karachi Grammar School team who won the Best International Delegation Award at the Harvard Model United Nations conference last year. She was also the President of the Helper's society and House Captain of Papworth House in her alma mater, Karachi Grammar School. Suroor has attended summer schools at Le Rosy, Switzerland and Phillips Academy and featured earlier this year in Hello! 100 People to Watch for Pakistan.

On 3 May 2017, Olivia and Suroor both travelled to Barclays Headquarters in Canary Wharf for an awards ceremony where they were presented with medals for their outstanding achievements. Olivia commented that ‘the event was focussed on women in positions of leadership and we heard talks from senior executives and women in business who inspired us to be bold and brave about what we wanted to achieve’. Suroor spoke about Homerton as a ‘friendly and accepting place of opportunity with support available for whatever you want to do, whether in work or outside of work’ and that the College would make her ‘transition into a higher pressured work place much easier’.

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