Here and Now


Here I am: a 21 year old, Poole born girl, living in the heart of London, running the students’ union of one of the best universities in the world… it’s been an exciting few years to say the least!

At 18, I fulfilled my ambition of going to study at a top-class university, reading a subject I was beyond fascinated by.

My love for science started at a very young age. I was that child who had an obsession for all things ‘space and universe’ related (fuelled by my love for all things Star Wars). I was also very at-one-with nature. Having grown up by the sea and next to the Jurassic Coast, coupled with my parents passion for travel, taking my sister and I to beautiful and exotic places; I soon came to love everything the natural world had to offer.
[Fun fact: I was also an IVF baby, so without science I wouldn’t be here!]

So, off to Imperial I went, studying biology – I threw myself into all aspects of university life, academic and other, meeting some incredible people along the way. Then, in my final year I decided to run for President of Imperial College Union! Lucinda Cover2

Having been fully involved in parts of the Union throughout my time at Imperial, I felt I had a lot to say about what I liked and also what I thought I could change for the better. If you would like to have a nose at my reasons for running and my manifesto, my elections website is still live at

Imperial College Union is the largest voting students’ union in England and Wales, so I had to campaign hard to win those votes! Campaigning was an incredible experience and I learnt so much in the process. It is safe to say, that by results night I was exhausted, nervous and excited all at the same time. Winning the position of President was one of the most joyous moments of my life, even more so when I found out I won with the most votes any candidate has ever received in the history of elections at Imperial. It is also the first time ever that both Imperial College London and Imperial College Union have been led by two female presidents at the same time. Pretty exciting for a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) specialist institute.

The incredible Officer Trustee team and I. [From left to right: Cyin, Jennie, Me, Ben, Chris]
The incredible Officer Trustee team and I. [From left to right: Cyin, Jennie, Me, Ben, Chris]
Since starting my term as President I’ve found everything in my life has got a lot busier and incredibly exciting. I can’t wait for all the opportunities that will come my way this year; and also chances where I can hopefully influence change and use my voice for the better.

If you’d like to find out a bit more about me, my university course, running for President and my life long passion for conservation (specifically elephant conservation), please follow this link to read an interview I had last month with London magazine Citoyenne:

Lucinda Sandon-Allum, BSc Biological Sciences, Imperial College London



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