Kyla Morris, LLM International Human Rights & Development, scholarship recipient
After studying Literature and Philosophy to Masters level at Middlesex University, Kyla Morris spent the next decade teaching English in Beijing. What she saw in China opened her eyes to the importance of legal protection for everyone –not just the rich and privileged.
Since she returned to the UK in 2009, Kyla has worked for a number of grassroots and national organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and The Red Cross. During her time working at the CAB in Southwark, she ran a pro bono family law clinic for victims of domestic abuse. Alongside her were two lecturers from LSBU and, recognising Kyla's commitment and ability, it was they who first raised the possibility of studying our LLM International Human Rights & Development.
A closer look at the course content confirmed to Kyla that it was relevant to her career aims and aspirations. Those include the ambitions of working with the International Red Cross on the Geneva Convention, working with refugees, and pursuing war crime litigation. The mix of international human rights law, development studies and refugee studies that the course offers was perfect for Kyla.
Kyla's ability, passion and suitability for the course were beyond question, which left just one potential barrier: funding her studies. To that end, Kyla applied for a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. These are made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund by alumni and other supporters, and exist precisely to ensure that the cost of further study does not deter students from a potentially life-changing opportunity.
Kyla's application was a successful one, which left her feeling "deeply honoured." The scholarship certainly looks set to provide Kyla with a life-changing opportunity, as she elaborates: "I could not have undertaken the course without the scholarship, so being successful has made me feel that the path I have chosen was indeed the right one for me."
Helping the powerless
It is not an opportunity that Kyla intends to spurn, and she has fixed her sights firmly on being able to help those she has met on her travels who have no voice, and no-one willing to speak for them. "I am deeply grateful for this opportunity, and feel as though it is not just me that will benefit, but those I endeavour to help will too," she says. "I intend to help the powerless and the disposed, and this course – and scholarship – will enable me to do just that."
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