Özden celebrates Study UK Alumni award success
University of Kent alumna Dr Özden Bademci from Turkey won the Social Impact Award at this year's British Council Study UK Alumni Awards.
Özden, who gained her PhD in Migration Studies from University of East London and University of Kent, won for her leading role in the rehabilitation and protection of street children, through the establishment of the Maltepe University Research and Application Centre for Street Children (SOYAÇ). SOYAÇ is the only centre in Turkey represented in the Safe Families Safe Children International Coalition work for street children. Özden carries out national and international research studies, consultancy work, teaching activities and practical projects which are intended to build on the resilience of vulnerable children and young people. She provides psychosocial training programmes to service providers, such as correctional officers working in youth detention centres, that work with street and vulnerable children. She was inspired to create the centre while studying in the UK.
Both at the University of Kent and Tavistock Clinic she worked with global leading academics and practitioners. As a student she became part of an international network of scholars and clinicians who later helped her to advance her professional career.
Every year, more than 11,000 students from Turkey make the decision to study in the UK, with over a third studying in higher education. The British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding alumni and the benefits that studying at a UK university has had upon the individual, their community, and their country. In 2017, more than 1,200 applications were received, representing international alumni from 125 UK universities. Kent had three finalists in the Awards this year.
Watch the video below to find out more about Özden’s work, and the other Social Impact Award finalists.