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CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Krystle Millward

Krystie Millward

Name: Krystle Millward

University from which you've graduated:
I graduated from Kingston University, London

Degree subject:
BSc International Relations with Spanish

Which societies/sports clubs were you a member of:
I was a member of Politics, and Pan-African societies while at university and the president of the UN society, during which time I organised a public talk of the UN Day of The Girl Child to raise awareness of the prevalence of FGM in the UK. I also founded the Alternative Curriculum Society during my third year as a reading and discussion group for students and staff to explore the issue of euro-centricity and a lack of diversity in our curricula.

Home town:
Milton Keynes, UK

Host institution:
University College London (UCL), UK

Why did you apply to the graduate trainee scheme?
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of fundraising through voluntary work for Stand Up to Racism and The People's Assembly Against Austerity, so I knew I wanted to pursue a career that was about more than a salary and would allow me to make a positive difference to people's lives. I also have a passion for education, especially within universities which are fundamental in influencing social change and shaping lives and societies for the better. So when I came across the trainee scheme I felt it was the perfect opportunity to marry my passion for philanthropy with education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the vital work of my host institution.

What are you hoping to achieve from your year on the scheme?
I am hoping to gain exposure to all aspects of philanthropy and development in higher education that will enable me to hone my abilities and understand where my strengths lie. I would particularly like to learn about both the donor cultivation and stewardship process as well as alumni relations. Most importantly, I want to immerse myself in the work of the development office at UCL and have a positive impact on the institution while I am here.

What are you career ambitions?
My work experience so far has been a combination of teaching and fundraising. I am a free-lance Spanish tutor on evenings and weekends and have previously worked with Le Club Francais/El Club Espanol in my local area running lunch-time French and Spanish classes in primary schools. For the past year I have been a volunteer fundraiser and campaigner for Stand Up to Racism, helping to run events, build the social media accounts, and engage the public in the fight against racism.
I now hope to establish myself as a young development professional and work toward becoming a philanthropy manager or development director where I can be at the forefront of implementing innovative projects and campaigns.

What are you hobbies/activities outside of study/work?
I am a voracious reader and I love to relax with a book on the weekends. I also enjoy learning new languages, travelling, and finding new places around the world to hike and explore - I recently climbed the Rila Mountain range which is the highest range in Bulgaria and the Balkans!

Proudest moment?
Aside from earning a First Class degree my proudest moment was receiving the call from UCL to offer me a place on the CASE Graduate Trainee Scheme because it was the cumulative accomplishment of everything I had worked for at university and since graduating, and the beginning of what I hope to be a long and fruitful career in higher education development!

Anything else?
I received The International Relations Award from Kingston University for outstanding performance in the subject. I also received the Juan Serrano Memorial Prize for Spanish, awarded to the graduate who has achieved the highest performance of the year in a range of linguistic skills and in the historical, literary, and cultural studies combined in the Spanish degree.