Zawadi Mwambeyu

Zawadi Mwambeyu Large21 years old, attending the University of Bristol, UK. Zawadi was awarded a Beacon Scholarship for Schools in June 2018, and for University in May 2019. Zawadi has also been awarded a Think Big Scholarship at Bristol.

Zawadi is studying towards an MEng in Civil Engineering and her targeted approach to her work led to her achieving an overall 2.1 this year. She was nominated for and won the national Women In Property Student Award in September 2021. Zawadi’s mock interviews with industry mentors were very positive, and she successfully secured a summer internship in the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol.

She has tried to maintain her fitness despite certain activities being curbed by COVID-19. She has been walking and running during the year and has followed a 10-week strength and conditioning programme which she hopes to continue.

Zawadi used her position as Peer Mentor and Student Advisor to influence the University’s mental health support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. As a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) leader she supported first years; and as Course Rep she lobbied for improved study conditions, leading to a nomination for the Student Union's ‘individual impact award’. She was also actively engaged in the East African Society.

She has done well to complete all the volunteering and work experience requirements of the Bristol Plus Award, with only the reflective essay remaining. She has raised money to support the Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya and is engaging with a health professional to understand the effects of malnutrition and abandonment on child development.

Beacon Workshop Participation

Zawadi's 2021 Summer Beacon Citizenship Project was the continuation of her support for vulnerable children at Lewa Children's Home in Eldoret.

In Leadership Workshops, she shows awareness of the needs of her team and an ability to take them with her. Zawadi is reflective and acts upon advice given. She uses her knowledge to make strong contributions to group discussions.