Student wins support to tackle mental health issues from RBS

A 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 (pictured) 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 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 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.   

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.