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Google sign up rare rising star

26 March 2012

Stephan Eyeson, a third year Canterbury Christ Church University student, has been recruited by internet giant Google for Top Black Talent, an eight week mentoring programme.

Christ Church student, Stephan Eyeson has a promising career ahead of him
Christ Church student, Stephan Eyeson has a promising career ahead of him

Chosen as one of just 30 exceptional students for this year’s in-take, Stephan will visit Google’s headquarters in London once a week for one-on-one mentoring sessions with a senior Google employee.

The opportunity follows Stephan’s 2011 Rare Rising Star award as one of the UK’s best black students.

Stephan, who is studying Theology and Health at Christ Church, will work alongside the Head of Partnerships for Google in Europe, The Middle East and Africa, Paa Kwesi Imbeah, who is responsible for implementing partnerships across these regions. 

Stephan said: “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to visit Google and work alongside my mentor to enhance my CV and gain as much experience as possible before I finish my degree.

“Being mentored by such a senior member of staff at Google is a really fantastic opportunity as I’m not only able to gain an insight into a large global organisation but I’m also able to see first-hand the complexities of working across several countries and continents.”

Canterbury Christ Church University is sponsoring Stephan’s participation in the programme.

You can watch a video about Stephan's Rare Rising Star Award here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristChurchUni?feature=mhee

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Notes to Editor

Top Black Talent

Top Black Talent is Google’s innovative mentoring program where students benefit from world-class technical advice and career wisdom from experienced Googlers. Top Black Talent is just one of many initiatives run by Google in order to bring a diverse culture to its work place.

Rare Rising Star Award

Rare Rising Stars, run by diversity recruitment experts, Rare, is a showcase of the achievements of the UK's best black students and award winners were last year chosen by Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and Jean Tomlin, HR Director for London 2012.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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