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Student Success Festival

Success is not only related to grades (though of course that is important!), but also to the experience of studying, life on campus, mental and physical wellbeing, and employment opportunities beyond the classroom.

  • Join our 2020 Virtual Treasure Hunt

Join us for a week of fun, games, activities, panels and challenges

  • socially distanced
  • work alone and in teams
  • help local charities
  • improve your learning
  • be strategic
  • be tactical
  • be creative
  • play games
  • learn new skills
  • tons of tasks to choose from


In addition to the greatest prize of all (bragging rights), we will be offering a Grand Prize the team who scores the most points, and five Best In Show prizes to individual entries. Lots of chances for you to win!

All tasks will be socially distanced – you don’t even have to leave your home if you’re quarantining!

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  • Registration closes 11 November

    Make sure you're signed up to take part in the event as only registered users can join the panels, play the games and win the prizes!

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  • How to play

    Sign up to register your place and make sure you let us know if you're ‘here for fun’ or ‘in it to win it’.

    You'll then be paired up in teams of four like-minded hunters.

    On 16 November at 9am, the Treasure Hunt will begin! You can choose the tasks you want to take on - whether that be creative, crafty, fun, practical, strategic, tactical, skilful or adventurous!

  • The grand 'Mask Task' challenge

    This year, we're focusing on helping life return to normal and will be including special tasks related to wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.

    If you complete any of these tasks, you will get triple points for your team and if you complete all the Masks Tasks, your team will get 50 bonus points.

  • Help change the world for the better

    We will be including very special tasks - with maximum points! - that relate to supporting the following charities. Put you business hat on or don your creative cloak to help make the world a better place. Hone your entrepreneurial skills!

  • The SSF Exclusive Panels

We are extremely proud to present our exclusive panels - open only to registered treasure hunters.

Join some of the UK's most modern thinkers as they share their experiences, advice, and knowledge on a host of important subjects from employability after your degree to how to survive the world after 2020.

What panels are running?

The Future of the Hashtag: Can the internet make the world a better place? 

The internet presents a unique space for social change, but is that a good thing? In what ways has the internet helped bring about positive, affirmative action, or is it truly a hive of inequity and trolls? Join this panel to discuss what the internet can—and our students—to help make the world a better place.

With Magid Magid, Azuma Dennis, Rima Saini, Nishtha Relan

Beyond 2020: What happens next?  

2020 has been an unprecedented year. Stock markets have been shaken, working and studying practices have changed, and politics and social movements have taken centre stage in national and international news. But what happens now? Join this panel to discuss what the future might hold.

With Mark Thomas, Jeannette Ng, Mehmetali Dikerdem, Anastasia Christou, Theo Gilbert

Knowledge, skills, and experience: How they can help you succeed

Everyone knows that universities provide students with degrees—a way to evidence their expertise in a specific subject area. But is that all that students gain when studying? Join this panel to discuss all the skills and experiences students can gain while studying at Middlesex and how these can be turned into selling points for when they enter the career market.

With Funmi Sonaiya, Paul Kirk, Alan Stuart, Vanessa White

The panellists

  • Magid Magid

    Magid is a Somali-British justice activist, author and a former elected politician.

    He was a Green Party MEP representing Yorkshire & the Humber at the European Parliament and was previously the youngest ever Lord Mayor of his beloved city, Sheffield.

    Magid was recently named one of TIME’s 100 rising stars shaping the future of the world.

    Find out more about Magid

  • Jeannette Ng

    Jeannette is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. Her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fed into an interest in medieval and missionary theology, which in turn spawned her love for writing gothic fantasy with a theological twist.

    She used to sell costumes out of her garage and runs live roleplay games, performs hair wizardry and sometimes has opinions on the internet, including in Foreign Policy Magazine.

    She recently won the Astounding for Best New Writer in 2019 and the Sydney J Bounds Award (Best Newcomer) in the British Fantasy Awards 2018.

    Find out more about Jeannette

  • Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas is a comedian, presenter, political satirist and journalist from south London. He is best known for his political and social activism, including costing one councillor and one government minister their job, changing the law on tax avoidance to bring in £1,000,000s for HMRC, and taking the police to court three times (he won twice!).

    Mark describes himself as a "libertarian anarchist", and has written five books and won three human rights awards for his work. He also won a Guinness World Record for holding 20 protests in 24 hours.

    Find out more about Mark

  • Funmi Sonaiya

    As Senior Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, Funmi Sonaiya works with learning technologies to empower organisations and individuals to achieve their greatest good.

    LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform, similar to SkillShare, which is free to access for all MDX students and has over 16,000 Business, Design and Technology courses. Access anytime, anywhere.

    Find out more about Funmi

  • Dr Rima Saini

    Dr Saini is a Lecturer in Sociology at Middlesex and co-leads on the BA Sociology and BA Sociology with Criminology programmes.

    She is also a co-lead on decolonisation in the MDX School of Law, a member of the MDX Anti-Racist Network Steering Group, and has published critical commentary in Political Studies Review, Political Quarterly and the LSE Impact Blog on the topic of decolonisation in the political sciences and higher education in general.

    Her research focuses on the socio-political identities and lived experiences of the British South Asian middle classes.

    Find out more about Dr Saini

  • Dr Theo Gilbert

    Dr Gilbert has a PhD (2015) on the psycho-biological nature of compassion and how relevant this new understanding of compassion is to student mental wellbeing, and more particularly, the BAME awarding gap.

    He won the Advance HE/ Times Higher Education award for Most Innovative Teacher 2018, delivers keynotes and workshops at Learning and Teaching Conferences at universities (UK and abroad) and has twice been invited to keynote on his work at the Annual Symposium of National Teaching Fellows.

    Find out more about Dr Gilbert

  • Dr Anastasia Christou

    Dr Anastasia Christou is Associate Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Anastasia has a long-term interest in issues of inequality, diversity and exclusion as regards gender, class, race and ethnicity in migrant, minority, youth and ageing groups. Anastasia has written three books and has a long history of research into humanities and social sciences.

    Find out more about Dr Christou

  • Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem

    Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem is one of the three founders of the Race & Culture Programme which ran from 1995-2001 and had the distinction of being one of the first Black Studies courses set up in British HE to `decolonise’ the curriculum.

    His research interests include historical sociology of Colonialism and Imperialism, Political Sociology, Practice Theory and the History and Politics of the Middle East.

    Find out more about Dr Dikerdem

  • Dr Azumah Dennis

    Dr Azumah Dennis has been working within the subject of Education for a number of years, both in HE and FE institutions and currently works for the Open University as a Senior Lecturer in the field of Education, Leadership and Management. She has written papers on Leadership and Ethical Action; Measuring Quality, and Worthwhile knowledge.

    Her main research areas are:

    • Post-16 policy, professionalism and practice
    • Leading and managing quality in vocational education
    • Teacher education, critical pedagogy, ethics and social justice

    She has written papers on Leadership and Ethical Action; Measuring Quality, and Worthwhile knowledge.

    Find out more about Dr Dennis

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