RARE  RISINGSTARS - The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Words from Our Sponsors

University of Cambridge
“One of the most powerful ways of encouraging students to fulfil their potential is to show them the extraordinary things that others like them have achieved. Rare’s Rising Stars is not just a celebration of talented individuals, it is a call to action for the next generation of students to challenge themselves and succeed. The University of Cambridge is delighted to be a sponsor and wishes this year’s Rising Stars the very best as they pursue their ambitions.”

Jon Beard, Director, Cambridge Admissions Office
University of Oxford
“It’s essential we all recognise and celebrate the talent, drive and sheer brilliance of the remarkable women and men who are Rare Rising Stars. I am in awe not only of their accomplishments but also of their humility and dedication. They will doubtless go on to be leaders within their chosen fields. Meanwhile, their stories and achievements hold a powerful key to inspire the next generation to strive for excellence and to follow their dreams. I am delighted to continue to work with Rare, and support their programmes that identify and nurture talent in the UK African and Caribbean communities.”

amina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach
Thomson Reuters
“For the last few years I have had the chance to attend Rare Rising Stars and each year I am blown away by the focus and drive these young people display. I often lament to myself what was I like at that age and whether I had the capabilities these young people demonstrate. I would like to think I did, however the platform to be noticed and celebrated didn’t exist so I think this list is needed to shine a spotlight on the hidden and, in some cases, the forgotten talent from BAME communities that are the future of Modern Britain.”

Geoffrey Williams, Director/Head of Diversity & Inclusion UK/EMEA
“GCHQ is delighted to be sponsoring Rare Rising Stars again this year. This is a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of this inspiring line-up of finalists. The finalists have all demonstrated ingenuity, integrity and determination to achieve success. These are the values and qualities that we look for in our own workforce. The tragic events over the last year, from Manchester to London Bridge, have shown the complexity of threats that the UK faces. In order to tackle these threats and to keep all of our communities safe, GCHQ needs to recruit from the widest possible pool of people. We need people who are prepared to think differently and to challenge convention. Our partnership with Rare gives us an opportunity to reach out to students with these qualities who may not be aware of who we are and what we do. We are grateful for Rare’s support and for their unwavering commitment to ensure that talented people from under-represented groups are given every opportunity to succeed.”

Nikesh Mehta OBE, a Deputy Director at GCHQ
Latham & Watkins
“It is incumbent upon each of us to do whatever we can to support and develop a diverse pipeline of talent for the legal profession. Latham & Watkins is determined to hire and nurture the best and brightest lawyers from all backgrounds, as well as to preserve and protect an inclusive culture where every lawyer can flourish. Congratulations to the 2018 Rare Rising Stars! We are proud to support you!”

On behalf of Latham & Watkins