The Students' Union Equality & Diversity Officer Nic Kinnaird has triumphed at the 2018 Chwarae Teg Womenspire national awards, taking home the top prize in the Learner category. The Womenspire Awards recognised women for every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution and showcased the remarkable accomplishments of women across Wales in the hope of inspiring future generations.
Nic re-entered education to study a BA (hons) in Education, Psychology and Special Education Needs after suffering a severe neurological event in 2013 and was determined not to allow her disability affect her future prospects. Nic has worked tirelessly this year as the SU Equality & Diversity Officer to make Cardiff Met a more equal and accessible place for all, working on projects such as LGBT+ History Month, International Women's Day and presenting at the Stonewall Cymru conference, all whilst attending University boards and committees to represent the student voice and studying for her degree.
Catching up with Nic after winning the award she said "Winning the award has inspired me to finish my degree and even look at studying further, but most importantly I want to inspire others with disabilities to return to education, give it a go and to remember that anything is possible with love and support around you. That’s how I managed to do what I did and the support from the Students' Union has been encouraging and allowed me to grow as a person"
Nic will continue in her role with the Students' Union for 2018/19 and we're looking forward to seeing even more positive contributions and recognition for the work of the Officers next year.