Konuralp was born in Hackney to a Turkish Cypriot father and an English mother. At the age of nine, Dervis was diagnosed with an eye condition called Macular Dystrophy Stratgarts, which meant that he was losing the use of his central vision in both eyes. After learning of his visual impairment, Konuralp began to learn how to swim with his primary school. Dervis would go on to compete for Hackney in the London Youth Games as a visually impaired disability swimmer.
Konuralp's swimming career has seen him represent Great Britian in four Paralympic Games. The first of which was at the age of only 15 years old, at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Konuralp has also competed at three World Championships and four European Championships, winning a total of 35 major international medals, 14 of which Gold. He became World Champion and World record holder at just 17 years of age.
Konuralp is a London 2012 Olympic and 2012 Paralympic Ambassador. As part of this role, Konuralp delivers motivational keynote speeches in various environments. These include schools, sports clubs, after dinner events and corporate events.
He is a member of the London Youth Games Hall of Fame from 2009.
Konuralp graduated from City University (University of London) in Computer Science (BSc).
On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis
In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.
We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August
International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education
LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education
Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy
Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.