College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London aspiring medical student, Gillian Barnes, has been elected Leader of the Women’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee for the National Union of Students (NUS).

Elected as NUS LGBT Women's Executive Leader at the NUS Black Students Conference in June, Gillian, aged 21, will now represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students from across the country to tackle homophobia.

Gillian studied Science at the College and plans to progress to university to study Biological Sciences in September. Gillian was an active member of the College’s Students’ Union for two years. 

During her time at the College, Gillian worked hard to raise awareness and promote equality. This included arranging guest speakers to visit the College and talk about gay rights and immigration in collaboration with Stonewall and Movements for Justice.

As the Equal Opportunities Officer, Gillian was chosen to attend the NUS Black Students Conference last year, where she was asked to stand for election in 2013.

Now an elected representative of the National Union of Students,Gillian’s role is much wider.She said: “I was elected because I am part of a movement to bring peace and to build confidence throughout our LGBT women's community so we know how to challenge homophobic environments.”

Jane O’Neill, Interim College Principal and Chief Executive said: “I’m very proud of the enthusiasm and dedication students like Gillian bring to our Students’ Union. Equality and diversity is at the core of everything we do and I wish her every success for her future, particularly in her new role with the National Union of Students.”

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