Meet the Library Student Team

Top row from left to right: Fatima A, Jakub, Luke, Iqra, Lily Bottom row left to right: George, Salma, Isabella


The Library Student Team, as both Library staff, and current students, are integral in everything the Teaching, Learning and Students Team do. They help the team in immeasurable ways and have a number of core priorites and responsibilites, summarised below:

  • Supporting online and on-campus for MLE, MRE, SLS and Library partners​
  • Assisting in the creation and delivery of training skills sessions​
  • Assisting the development of learning resources for the student body ​
  • Producing and sharing content for the Library’s social media channel ​
  • Supporting TLS staff on a task commission basis

This is not at all a full picture of everything the Student Team can do, the best way to find out what they can support you with is by submitting a request for assistance using the Student Team Request Form. A few examples of their most recent achievements include:

  • Scripting, recording and editing a bi-weekly podcast for the Library’s UCIL course ‘Digital Society’
  • Designing and sharing infographics promoting the Library’s workshops and drop-ins
  • Supporting online and on-campus training sessions
  • Writing, editing and quality assuring blog posts
  • Writing copy for the Library’s social media channels

Jakub Lusnak


MPhys(Hons) Physics with Theoretical Physics

Hey! I am Jakub and I study physics, I am currently in my 3rd year! In the ST, I like to edit audio and video and talk to people about plans and ideas. If you need any help with anything, do not hesitate to email me!

Fatimah Opebiyi


PhD Law

Hi there, I am an international student in my third year of PhD law and also a Law Teaching Assistant. I grew up in Nigeria and was a legal practitioner and law lecturer before coming to Manchester to study. I did my Master of Laws degree at the University of Birmingham and my undergraduate law degree at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. I love listening to jazz and travelling

Olivia Mak


PhD Psychology

Hey everyone! I’m in the final year of my PhD and did a MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience here too. My undergraduate degree was in Psychology at York. I’m originally from Hong Kong and lived briefly in Vancouver before moving to Stockport when I was 3. In the Student Team, I mainly get involved in blog writing, video and podcast editing, quality assurance and social media. Besides my PhD and ST role, I write regularly as a Wellbeing Sub-editor for the Research Hive blog and occasionally volunteer at St Peter’s House. In my spare time, I like doing yoga, playing racket sports (I count table tennis in that!), listening to music, drinking bubble tea, travelling, reading or watching things in Spanish and writing poetry.

Fatima Abdullahi


BSc Material Science and Engineering

I am a second year Materials student and I grew up in Manchester.

Salma Ghandour


BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations

Hi! I’m a third year student at UoM. You’ll find me reading a book and a cup of tea in my hand ninety nine percent of the time. I’m really excited to be a part of this team!

Rachel Cox

Email: (or — this usually still appears after working as an Intern last year and both receive and send emails)

MA Sociology

Hi everyone! I’m in my first year of my part-time Sociology Masters and previously graduated with a BSc in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from UoM in 2019. I’m originally from Cheshire but my parents are from Lancashire and have been back and forth to visit Manchester since I was 11. I love music, reading, environmental and sustainability work, knitting, films, cooking and Yoga (recently qualified to teach too). Oh, and I love dachshunds too! I’m a member of the UoM Pole and Burlesque society which has been one of the most empowering experiences during my time at the University and last year joined the Wellbeing Champions group too. Really looking forward to getting to know and work with you all! :)

Isabella Teck


BSc Materials Science and Engineering

Hi, I am Isabella, a third year Materials science and Engineering student. In the student team I pick up tasks here and there, but often schedule tweets. If you need help with anything, do not hesitate to drop me a message!

Sara Knurowska


BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

Hello all! I am Sara, a Biotechnology student, interested in sustainability, the circular economy approach and applied science.

Nuura Ahmed


BA Architecture

Hi, I am currently in first year studying architecture at Manchester. I’m really interested in designing whether that be on the computer or by hand. I’m looking forward to get to know everyone on the team!

Raghav Vashishtha


MEng Mechatronic Engineering

Hi, I’m in the final year of my course and this is my 3rd year with the ST (I took a year out for my industrial placement). I’m an international student from India. I’m really passionate about accessibility, sustainability and workflow efficiencies. I’ve also traditionally dealt with a lot of the IT set up for the ST. Outside work I love cooking, taking pictures and tinkering with electronics.

Iqra Malik


BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Hiya! I’m currently a second-year student and a new member of the student team, I have found it really exciting so far! I enjoy video-editing and all things social media. In my free time I love dancing, particularly South Asian dances which I have grown up performing. :)

Lily Pearson


PhD History

Hi! I’m in my first year of a PhD in History, and also did my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Manchester. I’m new to the student team and so far I’ve enjoyed getting involved with social media and LPN. Outside of my degree, I love watching sport (especially football!), going out to eat and going on walks!

Student Team coordinators and intern


Matt Hallsworth


Kerry Scott


TLS Intern

Arvin Johnson





The University of Manchester Library Student Team

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