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UEL students interning to promote prestigious London competition

Four UEL students are part of the 35-strong team of students to promote and encourage applications to The Mayor's Entrepreneur Programme

Four University of East London (UEL) students are interning with City Hall as part of The Mayor's Entrepreneur Programme, a competition that asks London-based students to come up with viable, sustainable business ideas.

UEL students Jade Solomon, Thibyan Haque, Max Ward and Olivia Colgan are undertaking a two-semester internship with the programme. Their role requires them to find business-minded students who have brilliant, potentially million-pound business ideas and use new and creative ways to encourage them to take part in the competition.

Olivia Colgan, a final-year BSc (Hons) Business Psychology student, said, “I applied for this role as I’m extremely interested in both entrepreneurism and sustainability, core aspects of the programme. I hope to gain some valuable experience working with staff and students, and acquire insight into business start-ups, as well as connect with a community of innovative individuals with amazing business ideas.”

The roles will last until May 2021 under the auspices of Mayor of London. The programme aims to create growth that makes London cleaner, greener and ready for the future and to encourage students to view entrepreneurship as a viable career path.

Jade Solomon, a third year BA (Hons) Film student, said, “The world we live in is in crisis. Climate change, global warming – these are issues that have been left on the backburner for far too long. People often underestimate students, and youth in general, and the pivotal role we play in course-correcting the situation.

“The Mayor’s entrepreneur project, however, supports youth innovation by providing students with a platform to look for solutions to make London more sustainable. I may not have that £20,000 idea, but I'm looking forward to helping find and cultivate the minds who do.”

Dr Paul Marshall, pro vice-chancellor (careers and enterprise), said, “Working with the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Programme gives Jade, Thibyan, Max and Olivia the opportunity to develop their networking skills, entrepreneurship and communication skills. In a world which is ever-changing, it is more important than ever that our students are resilient and can adapt to the world which stands before us.

“As a careers-first institution, the University of East London is dedicated to supporting our students in this field. This is an impressive addition to their CVs and I am sure they will go far once they graduate.”

A move to the Royal Docks
The Greater London Authority (GLA) announced in November 2020 that it will take over The Crystal building, close to the University’s Docklands campus on the Royal Docks. The University welcomes this news.

After consultation, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that in 2021, the GLA – a combination of both of the Mayor of London’s office and the London Assembly – will move from Lord Foster’s distinctive building neighbouring Tower Bridge to the Crystal, a building which set the benchmark for sustainable building design when it opened in 2012.

The Crystal – already owned by the GLA – will be renamed City Hall and will house much of the Mayor’s operation and a new Chamber, although there will be provision for Assembly Members to remain in central London and there will be increasing working from home.

The University hopes to work with the GLA to develop more opportunities for its students.