Samuel Berry / WINNER

BA (Hons) Contemporary Military and International History 

Throughout his undergraduate studies, Samuel has demonstrated a clear passion for, and engagement with, local charities and organisations. Last year, he joined the University society Enactus Salford, where he used his leadership, critical thinking, and management skills to launch ‘Project Code Pink’. This social enterprise project sees positive male role-models deliver tailored women’s health education programmes to year 6 male learners in primary schools based in Salford, with the aim of reducing the stigma surrounding periods. Since then, Samuel has progressed to become the Chair of Enactus Salford and Project Code Pink reached the top 25 in the semi-finals of Enactus UK’s national competition. 
 
Alongside his degree, Samuel has acted as a Peer-Assisted-Learning Leader and Student Representative for his course, plus participated in an international exchange with Virginia Military Institute as part of both the University and the Army Reserves. Most recently, Samuel has been a Local Authority Governor for Brentnall Community Primary School in Salford. His overwhelming drive to support local social causes whilst developing his professional skills are incredibly and we are sure his efforts to give back and empower the next generation won’t go unnoticed.  

Samuel says “Being shortlisted as a finalist for the Industry and Civic Engagement Award is hugely gratifying. Just before the first lockdown, I failed the second Army Officer Selection event. It was a devastating blow as it’s something I’ve wanted for as long as I could remember, but I simply wasn’t ready. Fortunately, for the second event, you have two chances, and so, instead of jumping at the second attempt as soon as possible or quitting, I decided to get stuck in, gain as many experiences and develop myself professionally and personally as much as possible, so I would be ready to be the best leader I could be. And so, being recognised for the work I’ve put into my academic studies, into Enactus and Project Code Pink, into Brentnall, the Army, and everything else makes it all seem worthwhile and shows how far I’ve come. I wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t for the support of numerous people who’ve helped and guided me along the way, and although I cannot express my gratitude enough, hopefully being a finalist for this award shows them that their investment in me hasn’t been wasted.” 

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