A young Derry woman has been elected as the next President of the Guild of Students at the University of Liverpool.
23 year-old Maev McDaid, from the Culmore Road area of the city, topped the poll in the recent student unions elections to take the top spot.
Maev is no stranger to political life, having been an active member of the SDLP youth in Derry for a number of years before going to university and served as Colum Eastwood’s election agent in the 2005 local government election.
While still at school, Maev was also a member of Derry City Council’s Shadow Youth Council and took part in a number of youth-led campaigns.
The former Thornhill College pupil is currently completing her Masters in Understanding Conflict at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.
Her undergraduate degree was in History and Irish Studies.
In August, Maev will take up her post as president of the Guild, which has more than 20,000 students.
It is the first time a post graduate student has been elected as the President of the Guild.
A record number of votes were cast in this year’s student election with 4,726 ballots counted, representing more than a quarter of the student population, an increase of 41 per cent on the previous year.
The University of Liverpool is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and is part of the Russell Group of the top 20 colleges.
The young Derry woman has a track record of political leadership and was one of 30 Irish students from universities across Britain and Ireland selected for an internship with the Washington Ireland Programme in 2010.
The programme involved placing students with political, educational and social leaders in Washingon DC to help develop future leaders.
She was the only student from an English university to be chosen for an internship and spent six weeks in Washington last summer.
Maev also has a strong interest in affairs in the Middle East and has spent time in Palestine working as a volunteer in the refugee camps.
She is planning another visit to Palestine at Easter and will return to the camps to carry out more volunteer work.
Maev has also volunteered with Oxfam and the Foyle Down’s Syndrome Trust in Derry.
Her parents, John and Pauline, have said they are “extremely proud” of their daughter and added that this election will most likely be the first of many she will contest.