Uni ca­reers ad­vi­sor is honoured for ser­vices

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AUNIVERSITY of Cen­tral Lan­cashire (UCLan) ca­reers ad­viser has won a Bri­tish Mus­lim Award for her ser­vice to ed­u­ca­tion.

Monira Ahmed beat a host of re­search pro­fes­sors and high pro­file aca­demics from across the United King­dom to claim the pres­ti­gious prize.

The part-time ca­reers and grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity ad­viser, who at­tended the cer­e­mony in Le­ices­ter last week said: “I was so honoured and very proud to have made the short­list of 10 along­side some very high pro­file aca­demics so I didn’t think I’d have a chance of win­ning it.

“Be­ing a fi­nal­ist was such an amaz­ing achieve­ment so to be named the win­ner was won­der­ful.

“The an­nouncer didn’t read the win­ning name straight­away but started talk­ing about the per­son’s ca­reer.

“As soon as they men­tioned ca­reers ad­viser I knew it was me so I turned to my dad and said ‘I’ve won, that’s me they’re talk­ing about’.

“It was an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful feel­ing and then my main con­cern was walk­ing to the stage in killer heels and a long dress!”

The 39-year-old, from South­port, has worked in higher ed­u­ca­tion for nearly 20 years and has spent the past five years at UCLan’s cam­pus in Pre­ston.

Monira, who also writes a ca­reers blog, said: “When I was a stu­dent at univer­sity I was lis­ten­ing to a talk about the chal­lenges which Bri­tish Mus­lims face in ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

“That talk was the cat­a­lyst and it paved the way for my fu­ture be­cause I knew from that mo­ment on I wanted to help peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds, with their am­bi­tions and goals.”

The Ser­vices to Ed­u­ca­tion Award 2017, which was spon­sored by Qatar Char­ity UK, is not the first award for Monira.

Last year she scooped the na­tional Ca­reers Cham­pion award.

Monira Ahmed has won the Bri­tish Mus­lim Award for ser­vices to ed­u­ca­tion

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