Ayana Sakai International Students’ Officer

About My Role

The International Students Officer role is to represent international student’s interests and to campaign on any relevant issues.

About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Ayana and I’m honoured to be elected as your International Student Officer 2021/22. I am very excited to be working with the determined team to improve your university experience through and hopefully out of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Let me briefly introduce myself. I am a Fourth Year Pharmacy student here at Cardiff, originally from Japan. I left my home country at the age of nine to study abroad without knowing any English. The only words I knew were ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and look where I have come to, representing your voices. Having led my school as an overseas prefect and deputy-house captain, importance of student’s welfare has emphasised throughout it and I hope to support you throughout your university experiences this academic year. Outside my academics, I enjoy taking film photos and dancing.


I understand how daunting it is to come to a new country to study or to leave home for the first time. So do not worry, I got your back. If you have any questions or just want to have a chat about anything, please get in touch with me!


My main priorities for the year include:

  • Provide support to students returning back to the UK amidst Covid restrictions.
  • Partnering up with the Student Led Services (SLSs) to further promote supports available to students.
  • Using platforms available such as the social media, to reach out to as many international students as possible.
  • Organising collaborative online or face to face events between different international societies to unite students across the globe.

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