Ms Zainab Garba-Sani (2018)
Academic Affairs Officer
Committees: Council (member), Senate (member), Learning & Teaching (member), Honorary Degrees Committee (member).
Zainab Garba-Sani was elected to be the University of Bradford Students' Union Academic Affairs Officer in 2017.
In March 2017, Zainab Garba-Sani was elected as the incoming Academic Affairs Officer for the University of Bradford Students’ Union. She is due to graduate from the University of Bradford with a BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences in July 2017. In addition to showing dedication to her course, Zainab has sought other experiences and in 2016 she was awarded a Short-Term Travel Award for a Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases Summer School in Egypt.
Throughout her 3 years at the University of Bradford, Zainab has been actively involved in the Students’ Union and has received numerous awards, recognising the time and commitment she has dedicated to volunteering. In 2017 she was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding contribution to volunteering within the Student’s Union, an Honorary Life Membership, the Student Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Society Executive awards.
Zainab was a Student Representative for Clinical Sciences in 2015/16 and her success in supporting and representing students gained her the Student Representative of the Year award in 2016. With an increased ambition to further enhance student experience, Zainab progressed to become a Faculty Representative for the Faculty of Life Sciences in 2016/17. In this role, she represented the student body on a number of committees including Senate, Union Council, Academic Affairs Council, Faculty Forum, Faculty of Life Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee and Faculty Board.
In addition to her representation work, Zainab has been a Student Ambassador, STEM Ambassador/Society Executive and First Aid Society Executive. Externally, Zainab was also part of the Young Persons’ Advisory Group for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, helping to manage services and improve patient experience in 2014-2017.
In 2015 Zainab also became a Student Ambassador for the international charity DKMS whose ultimate aim is to eradicate blood cancer. In 2016 Zainab founded the charity’s first ever society at the University of Bradford. As Society President, Zainab worked with sports teams, societies and media areas across the Union in attempt to raise awareness of blood cancers/disorders, fundraise and recruit potential blood stem-cell donors. By the end of its first year, the DKMS Society had achieved Platinum Society status and won Awareness Society of the Year and Campaign of the Year. It was also shortlisted for New Society of the Year, Fundraising Success of the Year and Executive Team of the Year. Zainab is now currently helping students at other universities across the country to set up similar societies as part of the Students vs Blood Cancer campaign.
Zainab believes in empowering young people to make a difference for they are the key to a better tomorrow. She is excited to start her new role as Academic Affairs Officer, enhancing student experience further so that all students are supported in achieving their ambitions and exceeding even their own expectations.