Recent graduate named Young Woman of the Year 2019

Alumna Zamira Abassova has recently been named Young Woman of the Year 2019 by Women on the Move Awards for her work with The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN).

The Women on the Move Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the inspirational leadership and exceptional contributions of migrant and refugee women to UK society. Zamira moved from Armenia to Azerbaijan as a refugee at just four years old. Zamira was nominated by her colleagues at The Refugee Entrepreneurial Network (TERN) for the Young Woman of the Year award.

Zamira studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management as a Chevening scholar and graduated in 2018.

During her studies at Loughborough University London, Zamira was introduced to TERN through the Careers and Employability team, and became a buddy to refugee Muna Osman Jama. After a short time with the organisation, Zamira went on to become a Team Manager.

TERN is a social enterprise that supports refugees in the UK to develop their own businesses. Now based in the Netherlands, Zamira works with DELITELABS - a sister enterprise to TERN.

Speaking of her studies and her time at TERN, Zamira said:

“Thanks to Loughborough University London, I realised that I wanted to use my education in entrepreneurship to contribute to a sustainable cause such as social enterprises like TERN… Entrepreneurship gives refugees hope and confidence that is born out of their own passion and dreams. That's what I love about my job - seeing refugees having fun whilst building their own future.”

Isobel Ford, Community Manager at TERN, said:

“Zamira has many special qualities, as a person she is fiercely curious, she’s very interested in the world around her, she’s incredibly empathetic, and she’s such a motivated and determined person. Once she’s invested in a project, once she’s decided she’s going to do something, she just doesn’t give up.”

Take a look at Zamira's alumni profile to find out more about her experience at Loughborough University London.

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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.