Vance Tan Zong Hao, a Bruneian doctoral student at the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), was awarded the Impact Award from Oxford University Student Union (Oxford SU) on 20th June.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting change to a sports team, club or society. Vance's impacts transcend championing diversity, public engagement, and awareness of disabilities at multiple levels: the wider University community, St Edmund Hall and the University's Rugby Football Club. Extracts of the nomination statement published by Oxford SU reads: "He is a prime role model and exceptional inspiration for people with disability, which in his case is dyslexia and dyspraxia, and for people from ethnic minorities. Vance has positively impacted many of us at Oxford by giving examples of the characters a leader should uphold".
He said: "I am grateful to the continuous support from my supervisor, fellow lab members and SoGE such that I can undertake these extra-curricular pursuits alongside my academic work".
Vance is completing his doctoral degree here at the Environmental Change Institute, where he is a member of the Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. His work aims to understand how future flood risks can be optimally managed by sequencing policy changes and the anticipatory actions of adaptation measures at a national scale. He is mentored by Professor Jim W Hall FREng, who is internationally renowned for his research on risk analysis for infrastructure and water systems.
Vance hopes that this award will lead him to make an even more significant impact in the future, both for science and the community.