Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


SHS students win Student Social Mobility Awards

25 July 2022

Three inspirational UCL students have won Student Social Mobility Awards in recognition of their ability to overcome socio-economic challenges and achieve outstanding success.

Left to right: Yassin Moktadir, Jeff Lin and Laiba Khan

Established in 2018, the Student Social Mobility Awards showcase the incredible achievements of undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds from across the UK.

The awards recognise students who have excelled in their studies and beyond and shown great potential to excel as they launch their careers. They also aim to showcase up-and-coming talent and identify those who can act as role models for others facing similar barriers.

The winners from our Faculty include Jeff Lin (UCL Economics), winner of the Professional Services & Consulting award, and Laiba Khan (UCL Geography), who was awarded the upReach Ten award, placing her among the judge’s ten most impressive undergraduates overall. Moreover, Laiba was also shortlisted for the Technology award.

Announced during a prestigious ceremony this evening at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the award winners were celebrated for their grit, resilience and determination to succeed.

With over thirty awards handed out and nine new award categories that celebrate schools, sixth formers, employers and universities, this year's ceremony was the biggest to date.

Professor Jennifer Hudson, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences said: 

On behalf of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, many congratulations to Laiba Khan (UCL Geography) and Jeff Lin (UCL Economics) who have been recognised with Social Mobility Awards. Laiba, winner of the upReach Ten award, and Jeff, winner of the Professional Services & Consulting award, have shown not only excellence in their academic studies, but the ability to apply their skills to developing the next stage of their careers. They are future stars and we are incredibly proud of their hard work and achievement.

Professor Jason Dittmer, Head of the Department of Geography said:

UCL Geography couldn’t be prouder of Laiba Khan. She has overcome incredible adversity while remaining conscientious and deeply committed to her academic work. She is precisely the kind of student we are looking for: intelligent, diligent, and engaged with the world.

A huge congratulations to all the winners of the Student Social Mobility Awards!