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Reena Jaisiah

Sociology - BA (Hons)
Reena Jaisiah
Graduated in 2003

Reena Jaisiah was recognised as one of the Alumni of the Year in 2013 for her work on Community Engagement and Leadership. She is involved in a number of projects which help to bring diverse communities together, fitting the work around her full-time role as a curriculum support officer in an inner-city school.

I was attracted to the course because I wanted to tackle social issues, but I wasn't expecting to go to university because I wasn't a very academic person and people had told me that I couldn't do it. However, Birmingham City University was very supportive.

The course was fantastic – the teaching was very practical and everything was explained to us so that we could apply it to everyday life. In my second year, I did a placement with an arts project in Birmingham which provided a great background for a lot of the projects I'm involved in now. It really inspired me – I was thrown in at the deep end and excelled, and if I hadn't done it, I probably wouldn't be where I am today.

Read more about Reena's work in the community