3 Clare students among winners of Cambridge University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

21/05/2024
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The Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards were launched for the first time by in 2018-19, to celebrate students who have shown exceptional achievement in, and commitment to, creating positive social change. 

This year we are delighted that 3 of the 15 winners are Clare students:

Sakshi Jha

Sakshi is a law finalist, who co-founded Cambridge Freedom from Torture, a refugee-aid group, where she formed part of the first student volunteering convoy to Calais, France. Sakshi is also leading a policy paper examining UK asylum policy; she is on the Managing Board of the Cambridge Human Rights Law Journal, and she is the founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Law Journal, where she interviewed Supreme Court Justices on prevalent legal issues such as human rights and international law enforcement. 

Josephine Somerville

Jo is a third-year English student who has acted on her passion for making long-lasting positive changes for biodiversity and climate change, centrally in the role of lead of the Cambridge Climate Society Action team. She has initiated collaborations between the student bodies and the local community. The most extensive campaign she has been running is the Pesticide-Free Cambridge Colleges Campaign. 

Samantha Hodder

Sam is a final year PhD student studying cancer biology in the Department of Biochemistry. During a clinical placement early on in her PhD, Sam saw how important it is for children with cancer to be well informed about what they’ll be going through during the course of their treatment. This experience led Sam to begin the development of Chum, an app based learning and support platform for children with cancer and their families.

Congratulations to all the winners.