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Sadiya Salim

Local Authority Officer | Child Friendly Leeds | Baby Week Leeds | Business: Pretty Little Scarves




​Leeds Trinity is a small cosy university where once you join, you meet your extended family. I was very welcomed and met some amazing friends.

Sadiya is a 2015 Psychology graduate​. While studying, Sadiya worked as a student ambassador at the university, which allowed her to gain the connections and support needed to start her own business during her second year at university. Sadiya went on to work for Leeds City Council and has been involved in a number of projects aimed at supporting young people within the UK. 

What did your Leeds Trinity experience meant to you and how has life been since graduating?

Leeds Trinity is a small cosy university where once you join, you meet your extended family. I was very welcomed and met some amazing friends. The staff (especially psychology staff) go above and beyond to ensure you receive the correct level of support! Although university tuition fees are high, I feel like the money was well spent. The university brings out the best in people and supports you from personal development, professional skills and academic support.

I was a student ambassador at the university which really gave me the confidence to promote the university, develop my communication skills and from this, I had gained another job linked to my degree in my final year. 


Launching a business 

I also started my business in the second year of university which Phil Williams from the enterprise team gave me a lot of support from and I received some financial support. The business 'Pretty Little Scarves' is still running and I did a stall once at the University for Charity. 

I was able to get the right support from the amazing lecturers and graduated with a first in July 2015 and started a graduate job at Leeds City Council in September. 

Since then, I have been working with the Child Friendly Leeds team. I was also asked to come in to speak to level 6 students on how to get a job at Leeds City Council graduate programme. I have also done a project with the education team and engaged 16 schools matching them with students studying a teacher training course or PGCE to support schools with EAL. This has been with the help of Jess Sewter.

Having done all that, I am hoping to reduce my hours at work next month to launch a community interest company. Having studied psychology, and seen the gaps in the city, I have successfully received a small grant to start up and have a formed a team to launch Bright Minds Brighter Lives, a social, emotional wellbeing provider for vulnerable children and young people.  

I really thank the University for all the support and guidance they have given me. From the skills I gained in research to enterprise, I knew it wasn't impossible to run a business, or to do a psychological research piece, but to use these skills together to do something good for the community is what matters.