Celebrating the University's 'Women of Achievement 2016': Sannia Farooque

Sannia Farooque has been selected as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 175 ‘Faces of Chemistry’ celebrating diversity in science.


Sannia was born in Islamabad, Pakistan, but was not able to study chemistry until years after she left school. After facing some difficult personal circumstances, Sannia signed up for an Access to Higher Education science course at Leeds City College before securing a place to study chemistry at the University.

Sannia secured a Leeds scholarship and Research and Leadership Scholarship and won Adult Learner Award 2013 along with the Peter and Barbara Gray 2015 prize. She recently started her PhD. She plays a key role in raising awareness and finances for charities that focus on supporting underprivileged children, those with autism and victims of domestic violence.

Sannia said: “I have learned a lot by signing up for various volunteering opportunities and so I would advise others to make full use of their time at university.”

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