Inspirational deaf student is made Snowdon Trust ambassador

Paul Ntulila, a Master’s student at Loughborough University London, has been made an ambassador of the Snowdon Trust.

The organisation, which is committed to helping students with physical disabilities, appointed Paul to the role in recognition of his dedication to helping people with hearing impairments and disabilities achieve academically and professionally.

He is the first deaf person to study MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy at Loughborough University London and has become a well-known name on campus and within the deaf community.

Paul, who became profoundly deaf at eight-months-old, has worked with numerous organisations, such as the NSPCC, to help them understand more about deaf needs.

He has led deaf awareness training events and has delivered motivational sessions to business professionals.

Paul, who chooses not to wear hearing aids, has worked closely with the Snowdon Trust over the past three years and in his new role will be supporting disabled students in higher education.

Disabled students have been increasingly affected by funding limitations due to budget cuts; in his role with the Snowdon Trust Paul will help to examine fully the provisions available and spread awareness of the steps that need to be taken to limit the barriers for students with disabilities.

Paul will also be involved with the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Forum, which he is hoping to attend.

Paul Alexander, Chief Executive of the Snowdon Trust, commented:

“We were delighted that Paul has agreed to become an Ambassador for Snowdon Trust. Many of the students we help are outstanding, demonstrating real resilience, focus and determination. But, from the moment we met him, Paul stood out. He has amazing energy, enthusiasm and positivity and is 100% in tune with the equality messages we’ve been promoting. We know he’ll make a great ambassador.”

To mark his appointment as an ambassador, Paul was invited to the House of Lords at Westminster to meet with Greg Boone from the Department for Education.

Paul commented: “Becoming an ambassador for the Snowdon Trust is a great honour.

“I was happy to explain to Greg Boone how important education is for disabled students and emphasised the importance of the government continuing to provide the Disabled Students Allowance, to help disabled students to access education.

“I hope to continue to develop my connections in my role as ambassador.”

Find out more about Paul’s story here.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.