Rehman expands Asian sport charity

By Will Astbury

Former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman has extended the services of his sporting charity to schools in Manchester.

The 27-year-old footballer, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, signed for Thai side Muangthong United in late December but before he left took the time to establish the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s (ZRF) first project in the North West.

The Foundation is now running the Onside programme at Kassim Darwish Grammar School For Boys (KD), an Islamic independent school in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, to teach youngsters more about the sport and hopefully to coach them into being the future stars of tomorrow.

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Students strive for Malawi

THREE Greater Manchester students are currently visiting Malawi to see how a water pump has changed the lives of local people.

Wai-San Li, Jennifer Lloyd and Dan Owens want to find out how the pump, which was paid for by sales of One Water at University of Salford’s campus, has benefitted the pupils from the Lipongwe LEA school it was donated to.

They are all visiting Africa for the first time on this trip and hope their visit will have a significant impact on lives of local children.

“We want to see how the play pump has benefitted the children directly – we want to meet the children and their family and teachers,” Parasitology PHD student Li told Manchester Mouth.

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Joseph is UK student of the year

THE UNIVERSITY of Manchester’s Joseph Akinnagbe has been voted the nation’s Student of the Year.

The 19-year-old, who is originally from Nigeria but now resides in Barking, London, was presented with the NUS/ Endsleigh Student of the Year award because of his outstanding work supporting his fellow students, the Students’ Union and a range of community and business projects.

Speaking to Manchester Mouth a delighted Akinnagbe said: “Awards provide validation of what you’re doing but it means that much more when you are being recognised by a union of students like yourself. Big thanks to NUS and Endsleigh.

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Student wins top design prize

A University of Salford student has won a prestigious national design award.

Anisah Gija, a product design undergraduate, was presented with a Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Design Directions award for her project to help older people manage pain.

The 22-year-old, who is originally from Bolton, Greater Manchester, designed a capsule which contains concentrated cherry juice to help encourage sleep.

‘Cherry Aid’ is made of cherry juice a natural remedy that Gija researched for pain management.

She told Manchester Mouth that she was delighted to have won the prize.

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Global students love Salford

VOTERS have said that The University of Salford offers one of the best experiences for international students in the UK.

According to students voting in the independent International Student Barometer survey of more than 50 UK universities the Greater Manchester uni has been voted among the top 10 educational establishments for students from overseas.

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Salford prof to become building president

INNOVATOR: Prof Aouad will become president of the CIOB in 2013

A GREATER Manchester professor is set to become president of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Prof Ghassan Aouad, who is pro-vice-chancellor for Research and Innovation at University of Salford has just been appointed as vice president of the institute (CIOB).

He will become president in June 2013 following Alan Crane (2012), Peter Jacobs (2011) and James Wates (2010).

Speaking about his appointment Prof Aouad said: “During my time leading research at the University of Salford I have travelled the world and I am fully aware of the international reputation of the CIOB, so I hope my appointment will make it even stronger globally. I am very optimistic about the future and I have every confidence that CIOB will go from strength to strength both with its core UK membership and around the world.

“I’m honoured to be appointed to the presidency and I’m looking forward to working with the chief exec, Board of Trustees and the entire membership in order to take CIOB to new grounds which will result in benefits to our industry, academic communities and society at large.”

Prof Aouad has spent the last 20 years teaching and researching subjects related to the areas of information modelling and visualisation, nd simulation and process mapping within construction.

As a principal investigator, he has generated over £10million to support research related to built and human environment processes and products, collaborating widely with many UK and international institutions, he has presented his work in more than 35 countries.

Chris Blythe, CIOB chief executive, said, “Innovation and research in the construction industry has never been so important. Especially, when the demands of economy and climate change are stimulating the industry to adapt and create even greater efficiencies.

“The CIOB provides a bridge between academia and industry. Many of the industry’s leading thinkers have held the office of president, and Ghassan continues the tradition. We look forward to him becoming our President in 2013 for what will no doubt be an exciting and challenging year.”

Prof Martin Hall, University of Salford vice-chancellor, added: “Ghassan will be an invaluable addition to the CIOB – under his leadership the University of Salford’s strength in research is moving ahead rapidly, and he’ll be able to contribute his expertise and experience to built environment research internationally.”

Successful gay celebs: ‘Kids, aim high’

A NUMBER of successful lesbian, gay and bisexual figures are endorsing an inspirational guide which tells youngsters that sexuality isn’t a barrier to success.

The ‘Aim High’ guide, which has been created by Manchester’s The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, sees 20 prominent lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) celebrities tell their stories about how they managed to achieve at the highest level.

The likes of political figures Angela Eagle and Margot James, sports people John Amaechi and Gareth Thomas, actors Sir Ian McKellen and Antony Cotton, rock icon Beth Ditto, television entrepreneur Russell T Davies and many more are included in this important new guide.

These stories act not only as examples of how LGB people can achieve just as much success as their heterosexual counterparts but offer invaluable advice, guidance and encouragement.

Paul Martin, chief executive of The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, said: “We are honoured that so many highly successful lesbian, gay and bisexual people such as Sir Ian McKellan, Beth Ditto and Gareth Thomas have chosen to get involved in Aim High, not only are they all great role models, their stories highlight that coming out can affect anyone, but your sexuality does not affect your ability to succeed in life.”

The guide aims to encourage young LGB people to reach their goals and to show that sexual orientation should not get in the way of success in the workplace, by providing a selection of role models to draw inspiration from.

It received an enormous amount of interest from all corners of the globe when it was first conceived and it is now being made available to schools and young peoples’ centres.

“What makes the release of Aim High all the more special, is that it has been made possible by donations from people who realise the need for a guide like this, which gives young lesbian, gay and bisexual people much needed support and will help them to realise their full potential. A huge thank you goes to everyone who helped make Aim High a reality,” added Martin.

If you would like to order copies of Aim High for yourself, your school, college or university, or to tell the foundation about somewhere you would like to see this resource available by e-mailing

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