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Are you the Young Activist of the Year?

For the first time in the history of the awards, we're searching UK universities and year 13 sixth forms to find the outstanding Young Activist of the Year. We are looking for an inspiring student who is passionate about driving positive social change within their community and beyond.

Announcing the 2021 finalists


Either a place on Clifford Chance’s SPARK scheme or a one-week internship within its corporate and social responsibility pro bono team, depending on your interests. Upon completing your work experience, you will receive a virtual ticket to the 2022 One Young World Summit as part of the Clifford Chance delegate team, in addition to a place on the One Young World Academy online lecture series with some of the world's greatest leaders. You will also receive £500 towards further driving your social initiative.


We are delighted to introduce the 2021 finalists for this award.

Alvaro Perez | University of Glasgow | Biomedical Engineering

Ayush Sanghavi | University of Cambridge | Law

Curtis Parfitt-Ford | University of Southampton | Computer Science

Ellen J McCarthy | Durham University | History

Esther Oloyede | University of Cambridge | Human, Social and Political Sciences

Imogen Duke | University of Oxford | History

Jacob Kelly | University of Oxford | Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Karim Ali | King's College London | Pharmacology

Mia Seljubac | University of Law | Law

Rebecca Moore | University College London | History

Sanah Kashyap | University of Cambridge | History

Tessy Idemudia | Gosforth Academy

Yasmin Patel | University of Cambridge | History

Yi Kang Choo | Queen's University Belfast | Law

What makes an award winner?

  • Can you tell us what you have done and continue to do to make a positive difference?
  • Are you determined to continue driving your initiative forward?
  • Are you a young leader inspiring those around you?

If you answered yes to these questions, you could be our Young Activist of the Year!

Our award winner will have used their initiative to develop and drive a project that creates a positive difference for others and will be able to demonstrate how this has led to social change. We would like to hear about the scale and breadth of your initiative and the skills you have developed. Your initiative(s) may fall within one or more of the following four areas:

  • Access to justice: you will have helped to support the upholding of the rule of law through widening access to justice for those who are disadvantaged and without a legal voice.
  • Access to education: you will have assisted people without access to education to develop their knowledge and skills and/or improve their job prospects.
  • Access to finance: finance is vital to the future sustainability of our communities. You will have identified, created or linked up resources to widen access to finance.
  • Access to equality: you will be a champion of change, having assisted people with equality of opportunity, equality of aspiration and equality of experience.

If your initiative falls within a different area, for instance access to healthcare or environmental sustainability, we would still like to hear from you.

'SolidariTee's purpose has always been to empower students to be the change that they want to see, and therefore to have won this award is such a wonderful confirmation for our hundreds of SolidariTee volunteers across the country that we can and will have a positive impact on social issues we care about.' – Tiara Sahar Ataii, winner of the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action 2020.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer four questions set by Clifford Chance and One Young World.

Must be completed by 01.02.21

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit one online test designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 01.02.21

Submit by 01.02.21

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 1 February 2021.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 26 February 2021.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Clifford Chance.

This stage will include the Watson Glaser test and an assessment centre.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 30 April 2021, where the award winners will be announced!

Clifford Chance and the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action

We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with a significant depth and range of resources across five continents and we are always striving to exceed our clients' expectations. These expectations are no longer limited to legal advice – they have broadened to encompass guidance around how to deal with business critical issues and how to operate ethically. More and more, corporates are stepping into the gap left by governments in tackling social, environmental and ethical issues. As a global law firm, we can play a unique role in helping our clients to shape their responsible business strategies.

Just as importantly, we are morally obligated to support the communities where we do business. We do this by collaborating with clients, NGOs and charities to deliver services that widen access to justice, education and finance. We've set ourselves an ambitious target of helping 100,000 people a year. To view our varied programme of community and pro bono activities, have a look here.

Part of our commitment includes supporting young talent in acting as change agents. That's why we send delegates to One Young World as part of our early talent strategy. It's also why our future trainees can apply for funding to support with volunteering or any community-related initiatives that they are developing before they join our firm. And it's why we are a founding sponsor of Unlocked Graduates, which aims to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners by introducing fresh young talent into the prison officer population.

We hope that in partnering the Young Activist Award, we will be able to not only identify future leaders but also to support these individuals in the initiatives that they are driving to create a positive impact.

Life with us doesn’t mean joining just another corporate law firm. We’re big, with prestigious clients, but we’re also down to earth. We’ll give you the training you need to find your feet, but also the responsibility you need to tackle complex work quickly. You’ll get exposure to the highest profile work but our culture is anything but elitist. Here, what counts is your potential – not what or where you’ve studied.

Find out more about Clifford Chance and their invovlement with this award here.

One Young World

One Young World (OYW) is a global forum that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world with more responsible, effective leadership.

The annual OYW Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders. At the end of the summit, delegates become One Young World Ambassadors. They return to their communities and organisations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 10,000+ young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.

Attending the OYW Summit is an amazing opportunity to access a network and platform that will empower you to further develop your initiative.

OYW is an important part of Clifford Chance's early talent strategy and we are proud to continue to send a delegate team each year.