Students’ work to empower the Roma community in Luton through language and literacy has helped The University of Bedfordshire into the top 10 of Enactus universities in the UK.
Bedfordshire students gave a strong presentation on Enactus Bedfordshire’s work with the Roma community, at the semi-finals of the Enactus national competition.
Enactus is an initiative involving students, academics and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives.
The Roma community project, entitled Rewriting Fate, achieved second place nationally for the Diversity award at the finals, and came third in KPMG’s award for Inspiring Confidence and Empowering Change.
Fending off teams from universities such as Warwick and Bristol, Bedfordshire’s team of nine students finished semi-final runners-up behind Nottingham.
Nicola Battle, of KPMG, said: “It was wonderful to see a team like Bedfordshire compete so brilliantly against universities who operate Enactus on a much bigger scale.”
Team leader Alex Iftime also won the Placement Student Team Engagement Award for his ‘great commitment and performance’ during his placement with Network Rail.