Orla Williams tells how a President’s Scholarship has added an extra dimension to her studies
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For Orla Williams, a President’s Scholarship is helping her gain valuable experience in global health and offer medical assistance to people around the world.

Orla Williams“I never thought it possible that I could be the recipient of such an award. I am extremely proud to represent Imperial and I am trying to use my scholarship to both further my own interests, and to help others.

I have always been interested in how the provision and distribution of healthcare can differ around the world. My scholarship has granted me the opportunity to travel each summer of my degree, and to gain experience in different health and education sectors. Last summer I travelled around Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore. In Myanmar, I spent time with representatives of UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) and expats working in the Departments of Health and Home Affairs. I learnt of the challenges the country faces post colonisation and military rule with a healthcare system in its infancy.

Imperial’s societies add a whole extra element to university life – you can take part in so many, and everybody is so welcoming. This year I am chair of the Student Action for Refugees Society, running the Imperial division of the UK-wide campaign ‘SolidariTee’. I am also a President’s Ambassador, which enables me to represent the College at public events and regularly give campus tours.

It is both an honour and a privilege to receive a President’s Scholarship. It has added an unparalleled dimension and opportunity to my studies in medicine. Thank you.”