A SCOTTISH university student has addressed the UN at a prestigious event in New York.

Chloe Hill, 23, of St Andrews University, spoke during a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, as a delegate for the National Council of Women.

She was invited to take part after winning an essay competition about the role of women in the modern world.

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Ms Hill, who is currently president of the Students' Association at St Andrews, said: "I wrote about my belief that education is the most important human right, and that we have to focus not only on the education of girls, but on what we are educating them - I looked at my own education from age 15 onwards and discussed the utter lack of women role models in that education, in which reading lists were heavily male dominant."

She spent a week at the annual UN Commission and attended the opening ceremony, where UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke about gender equality.