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.