We are proud to report that Akil Hashmi (2016, Engineering) has been awarded an Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award in the category of Access & Outreach.

This award exists for members of the collegiate University to show appreciation for our students' efforts in improving the educational experiences of their peers, and to celebrate their contributions to enhancing the excellence of Cambridge education. 

Akil Hashmi was nominated for his incredible contributions to widening access and for his excellent work in reaching out to prospective Cambridge and Oxford students and demystifying  the application process. Insideuni, a platform for free student advice on Oxbridge applications, was co-founded by Akil and his friend Tommy Gale. This valuable resource brings together 1,800 Oxbridge student contributions, offering applicants access to student testimonials on their interview experiences, insights into student life in Cambridge and Oxford as well as advice and support by admission tutors. Insideuni also provides help for teachers to support their students through the application process.

During lockdown and his final year, Akil ran a live Q&A series which enabled applicants to informally meet current students, ask questions and get a feel for the Oxbridge student experience, at times when it was no longer possible to attend Open Days and Summer Schools.

Akil graduated with Masters in Engineering this year. We will follow his career with great interest and we wish him every success. For more information and to access Insideuni resources, click this link.

The Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards is announced by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL). Read more about the Awards, including the full list of Winners/Highly Commended and their nominations, here: OSCEA Winners 2020.