Student wins support from RBS to tackle mental health issues

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University of Leicester student succeeds in national pitching competition, winning support to deliver social impact venture

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 March 2016

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A University of Leicester student has succeeded in winning support from a leading UK bank for a social impact venture.

After an impromptu entry into RBS’s national ‘Your Passion Your Potential’ Competition, Biological Sciences undergraduate Osamuyimen Omoragbon was successful in securing personalised support to make her social venture a reality. 

Osamuyimen, who sparked up a discussion with RBS whilst they were visiting the University of Leicester campus, submitted a short elevator pitch for the chance to attend a special career enhancing day at the RBS London headquarters and the opportunity to gain support from RBS to realise her dream.

Her pitch was successful and, of 200 entries nationally, she was invited to join just 21 finalists at the final, alongside four of her fellow University of Leicester students: Kirstie Whitehall, Marie Julien, Jordan Kareem-Komolafe and Ogechi Anukem.

Ahead of the event Osamuyimen sought advice from the University’s Career Development Service, through one to one interview preparation and business coaching, to perfect her pitch. She went on to deliver a stunning live pitch to a panel of RBS senior business leaders at the event final, winning practical help to develop her idea for a programme of support for those suffering from mental health issues which would equip individuals with skills and experiences to succeed in their career and life ambitions.   

RBS Head of Early Careers Glen McGowan said: “Osa is a very worthy winner of the Your Passion, Your Potential Competition this year. Inspiring, considered and with a realistic plan; the University of Leicester should be thrilled to have Osa representing the great talent that comes from the University. We are pleased to be supporting her in her initiative, and are looking forward to seeing her go from strength to strength.”

Osamuyimen has taken part in a variety of activities through the Career Development Service to develop her skills over her time at University. This has included the Leicester Award, a personal skills development programme which recognises and adds value to extra-curricular activities such as volunteering or part-time work, and Leicester Award Gold Business Insight, a more advanced skills programme through which students can work alongside local business leaders to help them tackle commercial challenges they are facing.

She was keen to express the importance of throwing yourself into new opportunities to develop skills.

Osamuyimen said:  “Being open to new experiences such as the Leicester Award Gold really benefited me in developing key employability skills that helped further my progression along my career pathway.

“I want to start an organisation that works with young people, between the ages of 18-25, suffering from mental health conditions. My organisation will offer a two-year academic and personal development programme aimed at empowering, supporting, mentoring and encouraging young individuals.”


Notes to Editors:

To interview Osamuyimen Omoragbon contact

For more information on RBS Your Passion Your Potential initiative contact RBS Early Careers  

For more information on the Career Development Service’s programmes of support please see below:

Career Development Service

Leicester Award

Leicester Award Gold

Volunteering support

Business Start-Up & Self-Employment support

Contact details:

Phone: 0116 252 2004


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