One remarkable Leeds student has won the prestigious accolade of Leeds Student Icon 2015 and has been awarded with every student’s dream prize.

Leeds’ students entered in their hundreds to be in with a chance of winning the once in a lifetime prize, a year’s free tenancy in IconInc’s luxurious apartment, worth £7,000, in the brand new IconInc, including complimentary daily breakfast and all inclusive utility bills.

Arundhati Patel, an international student from America studying at the University of Leeds, went head to head with four other Leeds students in the final to be crowned the winner of this inspiring competition.

Leeds Student Icon 2015 Aru’s creative flare, hard work and dedication made her stand out from the crowd. From design to dance, Aru loves to use her creativity in all aspects of her life, even her entry form to the competition was a fascinating piece of art.

Aru is multilingual and can speak an extraordinary 6 different languages. She believes her cultural background has allowed her to relate and connect with a wide range of people in Leeds. Aru joined the National Hindu Students Forum and Leeds South Asian Society where she is responsible for producing all promotional material and she is also part of the Japanese and Korean society.

On top of that Aru has been course representative for the School of Design since 2012 and part of the International Youth Scholars Volunteers where she mentored students one-on-one to help them achieve their aspirations. Aru dances competitively at Leeds Dancesport, specialising in ballroom and Latin, and recently was a background dancer in a Bollywood film that was shooting in Leeds.

Leeds Student Icon 2015 winner Arundhati Patel, explains;

“I’m absolutely over the moon to win Leeds Student Icon 2015. It will give me the opportunity and time to continue my work with charities and societies while studying. Meeting new people from different cultures and helping communities achieve their aspirations gives me great pleasure and this competition prize will allow me to save money to visit new countries after I graduate and do just that.”

Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director of Parklane Group of Companies who runs IconInc, explains;

“We launched the Leeds Student Icon competition, which is in its first year, to shine a spotlight on the remarkable and inspiring young people studying in our city. All too often the student community is recognised for the wrong reasons, and we wanted to celebrate the great and good of Leeds students and reward somebody special with the prize of a lifetime.

“The judges were extremely impressed with Leeds Student Icon 2015 Aru’s hard work, determination and compassion, as were the Leeds public who came forward in their masses to vote for Aru. We hope she enjoys her year’s free tenancy with IconInc, and look forward to uncovering even more inspiring students in 2016.”

The prize is a year’s tenancy from IconInc in a luxury apartment at the newly built accomodation, which offers the luxury, modern design and cutting edge technology of a boutique hotel – 365 days of the year. The lavish and beautifully furnished apartments include en-suite bathroom, plush double or king sized bed, flat screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi and utility bills. The “all-inclusive” facilities at IconInc include an on-site gym with available personal trainers, a cinema room, games zone, complimentary daily breakfast, study rooms, self-service pantry and 24 hour concierge.

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