East London Voices
The University of East London Community - one human story at a time.
Read stories from within the East London community
Tonight I decided to make chai and watch the sun go down. From the balcony of my 9th floor tower block in East London...
I've always had a tremendous connection to those who have suffered, and I've been encouraged by their drive to change their situation.
Allison was the fourth born out of her five siblings and was brought up in Hackney, East London.
I started gymnastics around the age of 10. But I didn’t get good at it or focused on athletics properly until I was 17 and studying my undergrad.
Although I was born in London, I grew up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Barbados. To move was a decision my mum made.
I decided to do Accounting and Finance because I've always wanted to travel and meet new people and you need a lot of capital to do that.
"The day after submitting a project is always quite euphoric. Months of work coming together and then suddenly you find yourself so liberated."
I am a visionary and an activist. I work within the creative industry as an art director. A lot of my work is inspired by tribalism.
"Each year the world goes through a cycle of regeneration, shedding its frosty past and shrugging on fresh blossoms. It appears effortless."
London has always been a dream destination for me, and UEL's vibrant and unique campus drew me in.
As a Black creative, one of the most important aspects of my work is to highlight inequalities faced by minority and oppressed groups and to encourage open and honest conversations.
Painting transports me to a different world. As the business owner for Trinity Arts Studios, I run two galleries and art studios.
My biggest piece of advice to UEL students is to not lose sight of who you are. It doesn't matter what job you're doing because your path is going to take you down so many different roads.
I was born in Worcestershire, into a bustling working-class family of seven siblings. My parents and siblings, all born in Jamaica, instilled in me a deep appreciation for our Jamaican heritage.
I was born in Kenya and moved to Parma, Italy at the age of 9. I began my career in HR with a background in psychology.
My adoration for fashion dates to my grandmother who was a dressmaker from the Caribbean.
The lockdown strangely has been a busy time of finding new ways to connect with family, friends and work.
I make live performance, and most recently a cabaret show at Soho Theatre with learning disabled and neurodivergent actors on disability hate crime.
I have been asked too many times - 'what are you'?
The answer is: I am a Londoner through and through!
I have never experienced that kind of euphoria. People were clapping and jumping up and down. It was a unique feeling.
One of my favourite parts of moving to London and studying at UEL is the diversity of the people I've met and hearing about their stories.
I didn't go to university straight after school for a variety of reasons but within the last five years, I had been thinking about going back.
Sport excites me. I see it as my opportunity to be the best and I also feel most myself. I find with sports I always pick it up really easily.
Painting the walkway at the entrance of Docklands campus was one of the most rewarding and challenging artistic endeavours I've ever pursued.
It was The Big Sea by Langston Hughes that dared me to dream of escaping the gang and drug problems of my inner city 'hood' to travel the world.
It gives me hope to see how these young people want to change the world. This is the generation that will be able to make these changes.
I was born in Scotland. The East End of Glasgow. Quite a deprived area. I stayed there until I was 19 where I left education and started working in retail.
It took me a while to adjust. Everything was different, the people, the language, the culture. I felt like I was in a parallel universe.
Running isn't a magic pill. It doesn't solve all the world's problems (if only) but it can help manage some of the feelings around them.
Sian Trimble Davey
My mum worked full-time and looked after us. I remember being so proud of her, I still am.
"Being gay is one thing but being openly gay is dangerous. My mother and I didn't speak for a year. It was one of the hardest points in my life"
If I could give a piece of advice to my younger self it would be to not be afraid to come out of your shell and to embrace unfamiliarity.
The biggest thing for me about lockdown is not being able to go to the theatre. I've booked a musical 'SIX' for December and I hope it goes ahead.
"If I could do it again, I wouldn't change anything...my year it's been the result of different positive and negative experiences..."