5. Chukwuemeka Nwuba, 25
School: University of Manchester
Course: Medicine (MBChB)
Chukwuemeka was able to balance the demands of his medical degree with making a mark outside of his studies during his time at university. And for him that meant creating an increased sense of awareness around his chosen area of medicine, Ophthalmology, which is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. And clearly not one to start small he decided to launch the UK’s first student ophthalmology conference in the form of the National UMOS Ophthalmology Symposium (NUOS), which was subsequently sponsored by major companies such as Specsavers and GMC and international charity Sightsavers. “It involved liaising with other medical schools, publicising the event on social media, sourcing funding and managing competing interests,” he says. In addition, he founded and is former President of the University of Manchester Ophthalmology Society (UMOS), managing a committee of seven members during this time. In 2015, Chukwuemeka co-founded the Manchester Student Division of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), where he collected information on the content of leadership and management within his medical school curriculum as part as part of a national project. He also took on the role of Vice- President during this time. Prior to this in 2014-2015, he was the manager and captain of the university’s medics’ football team and led his team of 18 players from relegation back into the league. Amid his studies and extra-curricular activities, Chukwuemeka is also a freelance tutor with over six years’ experience, having tutored over 50 students. with a high A/A* rate for GCSE and A-level for students who were often predicted B/C grades.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? As a consultant ophthalmologist and on executive board in a hospital or on a national level.