A Masters in Mechanical Engineering will equip me with the problem-solving skills needed to face any career challenge. I aim to use this opportunity to launch a successful career in the Professional Services sector. I aspire to serve the Muslim community, especially the youth. I want to increase the representation of Muslims in professional environments and be a role model for young Muslims who need guidance on how they can achieve the careers they dream of. Aside from studies, I have a passion for sports and fitness. I enjoy volunteering, especially giving back to my community. My goal in all aspects of life is to be better than the day before.
Having worked as a secondary French teacher in an inner city comprehensive school for 6 years, my career ambitions have been rechannelled to community based projects whilst on maternity leave. My interest predominantly lies with the link between community, children and school. My role as a trustee for a Somali community charity organisation based in Camden led me to organising and running school related sessions for Somali parents and, more recently, online Zoom Parents Support sessions during the lockdown. Many feel overwhelmed and lost with regards to their children’s education and the goal is to help empower them to best support their children. This MA will allow me to conduct research in this field, make important contacts and will hopefully lead to bigger community based projects which bring together local schools, community organisations and parents.
I currently work as a caseload midwife and have decided to undertake a Women’s Health MSc with the support of the Aziz Foundation. I have aspirations to influence policies within women’s health and undertake research into the factors that increase the maternal mortality rate for black women giving birth in the UK. I also aim to gain an insight into the barriers faced by women of marginalised backgrounds when accessing maternity care. I hope to be an advocate with my research and to create an open dialogue with women and healthcare professionals to reduce these discrepancies. I believe that empowering women to take charge of the decisions being made about them is an important step in ensuring their voices are heard.
My interest in mental health began at the age of thirteen after reading personal accounts written by individuals coping with depression. As years progressed, I noticed mental health was not commonly discussed within a Muslim household, and likewise research on how Muslims dealt with these conditions was practically non-existent. While I knew I wanted to tackle mental within the Muslim community, through my personal experience I realised I want to specifically help underprivileged Muslim women. For this reason, I am completing a Masters in mental health therapies to become a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the mental health of Muslim women. I aim to incorporate Islamic teachings into current therapies while also expanding the literature dedicated to Muslim mental health.
As a graduate in LLB Law and Politics, I have always had a profound interest in how both the legal world and political world influence each other. This interest has pushed me to pursue an LLM and specialise in Public Law. By specialising in public law, I will be able to enhance my knowledge in areas of International law, human rights, EU law and constitutional law, which are often highly politicised areas of our legal system. This LLM will be a steppingstone into a career which will get me into the field of legal policy making. I aim to have a positive impact in our society where accountability is upheld, where those who are underrepresented and misrepresented have their rights protected and where fairness is established.
I recently completed a BSc in Psychology at Queen Mary University where I focused on the neural impact of early development. My final year research showed me the impact early childhood experiences can have on the brain in adulthood. This is especially important for children with disabilities as early support and interventions can aid development. Working with children with special needs has shown me how children flourish when in suitable high-quality environments which meet their needs. The lack of culturally competent care can prevent Muslim families from gaining support. A Masters in social work will enable me to advocate for Muslim families in the social care field by researching the lived-experiences of Muslim families and highlighting the importance of meeting religious and cultural needs.
Law is fundamental to society because it ensures we do not transgress each other’s rights and freedoms. I am committed to pursuing a career in the law so that I can protect and champion the human rights and freedoms of people from all backgrounds including British Muslims. The LLM Legal Practice course will enable me to qualify as a solicitor and pursue a career in the law. Conducting work experience in the legal field highlighted to me that both British Muslims and people from BAME communities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and this inspired me to do further research on the factors driving this. It also made me aware that Muslims were under-represented in the legal profession. Therefore, completion of the LLM will allow me to increase representation of Muslims in the legal profession and ensure that I can provide effective legal advice to the Muslim and wider community.
A graduate of BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics; I have explored the nuances of several political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation while exploring approaches to conflict, war, peace, and security. My keenest interest is how the securitisation of Muslims and Islam in the UK impacts the prevalence of Islamophobia. The MA in National Security Studies will equip me with a defined set of methodological aptitudes that can empower me to gather and analyse real-world data to test theoretically informed hypotheses about the sources, effects, and goals of numerous forms of peaceful and violent conflicts that not only result in the creation of state security and defence policies but the securitisation of ‘suspect’ communities.
Having worked as an NHS midwife for over three years, I have seen first-hand the poor health outcomes and experiences of BME Muslim women during pregnancy and childbirth. This is an area I became increasingly concerned about. Studying this Masters will enable me to progress on to senior leadership and management roles within the healthcare industry and therefore voice the concerns of patients who are often overlooked by healthcare systems. After all, healthcare organisations are only capable of delivering real change once these issues are prioritised and understood by those in management positions. In my free time, I enjoy long distance running and reading.
Due to my interest in the social and health sciences from a young age hence, I studied Psychology for my undergraduate degree. Through working in the NHS and refugee families and individuals from a minority background in the voluntary sector, I developed a better understanding of ethnic differences in health outcomes and their links to disadvantage within education, employment, housing and the criminal justice system. Through this MSc, I hope to challenge reductive, Eurocentric narratives that emphasise biology, as opposed to social, economic and political processes that engineer health inequalities. I aim to centre the insights of those with lived experience in my studies and future projects to ensure that the challenges and needs of the most vulnerable communities in the UK are at the forefront of academic research and healthcare systems.
I never completed my undergraduate degree due to personal circumstances and instead developed a career in the Banking industry. After 6 years with HSBC, I moved into my first professional fundraising role. At the Battersea Arts Centre I learnt about the charity sector and and then completed an MA in Community Organising. I continued my fundraising career in Higher Education with the University of Westminster and soon developed a social enterprise, the Jigsaw House Society, with my co-founder Kamal Sanusi – working on empowerment projects specifically designed with and for people from under represented backgrounds. Now, thanks to the Aziz Foundation I will be learning and sharing how marginalised people can organise money around the changes they want to make in their communities, via working in the charity sector or creating their own social enterprises.
Over the past decade, I have been working both in the private and voluntary sectors to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds with their development. Having completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies around Law, Community Leadership, Youth and Community work and currently working as a Youth and Community Engagement Manager, I want to take my career to the next level by directing projects that will help bring positive sustainable changes in regeneration development. I have already established enduring relationships with thousands of disadvantaged local residents and key stakeholders in order to make the society we live in a more prosperous one, full of opportunities to promote community cohesion. In July 2019, I was honoured at the House of Lords with a British Citizen Award in the Arts, which signified my commitment to helping disadvantaged young people.
My interests lie within the Islamic philosophical tradition and Islamic legal theory. After completing two undergraduate programmes in Arabic and Islamic studies, I applied foor an MA in Philosophy to engage deeply with three key areas: the philosophy of language, epistemology and ethics. This course will equip me with the necessary skills to evaluate assumed, yet constructed, paradigms systematically. I am interested in working with youth communities and students within higher educational settings, who are increasingly challenged with existential questions in relation to their faith. I hope to use the academic sphere to contribute to discussions on God and ethics and cultivate a safe space for young students to contextualise their religious commitments and instil confidence within them by drawing inspiration from our Islamic intellectual heritage.
I intend to research the intersectionality of race and class and its impact on aspiration, attainment and life outcomes. This interest has stemmed from my own experiences; being one of the few British-Asian Muslims in a majority white-working class school, in an area once led by BNP councillors, came with unique challenges. When I later returned to my school to teach, I realised that truly informed policy at all levels has the power to give students the opportunities to flourish. With experience working in education, policy and media, I am confident that my Masters will allow me to translate the findings of research into effective educational practice. It is my firm belief that the circumstances you are born into should never determine where you end up.
My lifelong passion for writing, coupled with my curiosity about people and events, has inspired me to tell stories for a living. In 2019, I obtained my undergraduate degree in History & American Studies from the University of Manchester. I am hopeful that this generous sponsorship opportunity from The Aziz Foundation will facilitate my ambition of producing news content for different multimedia platforms and documentary films. As a trainee journalist, I aim to act with integrity and objectivity, in order to challenge the culture of misinformation in the mainstream media today. Additionally, I am conscious that the media industry could benefit from better amplifying the voices of ethnic minorities and Muslims, hence why I am excited to advocate on behalf of these underrepresented groups. Therefore, I believe that pursuing journalism will award me the potential to foster positive change for the wider community.
Having completed the first three years of medical school at KCL, I am using my intercalated year as an opportunity to explore some of the sociological and anthropological aspects of health and medicine. The largely quantitative and fast-paced research within clinical medicine can lack nuanced considerations for patients and their individual contexts. By studying within several different but related faculties of social sciences, I will be able to expand my knowledge in these areas and develop qualitative research skills. I therefore aim to contribute towards bridging some of these epistemological and methodological disparities through original research, both now and in my future career. Following this MPhil I plan to complete the final two years of my medical training before qualifying as a junior doctor.
I graduated last year with a law degree from Oxford University and have recently completed the BPTC at BPP Manchester. With the generous support from Aziz foundation, I intend to begin the BCL at Oxford. I particularly look forward to pursuing my interest in human rights, public law and other areas. I aspire to qualify as a barrister to advocate for disadvantaged communities and give back to the very Muslim communities that assisted me in getting to where I am today.
Being a counsellor has been a lifelong dream of mine since I was a little girl, when seeking help from others was not an option. Having struggled myself, I realised that I did not want people to go through difficulty alone, and that asking for help should not be considered “embarrassing”. I want to erase the stigma of being a counsellor – especially in my community – and want people to know that there was no shame in seeking counselling services. Being a Muslim counsellor, I hope to be able to give back to my community and help people, especially since I attach a great of importance to representation. My lifelong goal is to help as many people as possible and be able to proudly represent my religion.
Almost half of the Muslim population resides in the most disadvantaged areas in the UK and as a minority group, are deprived of legal representation. Muslims, therefore, experience the greatest economic hardship and as a result, are more likely to have poor legal representation. I intend to study the Legal Practice Course & LLM at the University of Law with support of the Aziz Foundation. My interest in this course stems from my time working as a Caseworker for the Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) where I was exposed to the deep structural barriers Muslim face in the world of work. I am primarily interested in using my degree to support and improve legal representation for marginalised communities.
My passion for studying mental health derives from both academic study and work which consists of working with vulnerable children with mental health conditions. From my time working within Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s ‘Health in Mind’ department, I have been exposed first-hand to children’s deteriorating mental health and well-being, witnessing a shocking rise in negative mental health within BAME communities. This inspired me to further explore studies into mental health amongst young individuals. I hope to build upon my existing skills through this Masters and use this to facilitate my future goal of undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
As an active member of the Somali and Muslim communities, I have witnessed how disadvantaged these communities are and how difficult it is to find adequate legal advice. Studying the LLM in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law with the support of the Aziz Foundation will enhance my legal knowledge so I can give excellent legal advice to both Muslims and non-Muslims. Furthermore, I plan to use this scholarship opportunity to continue shifting cultural attitudes about Muslim women in the legal field. Growing up, pursuing a career in law was deemed haram (prohibited) especially for a woman. So, by qualifying as a solicitor, I hope to be at the forefront of change in these communities and raise the aspirations of British Muslims.
I believe innovation and creativity are central to development, products or a service in any leading organisation and it is key to sustaining a business in this fast-changing world. My 15-years of existing experience in the third sector, and working with Muslim and mainstream charities and businesses, has provided me with vital understanding of management, communications, and fundraising. The additional knowledge I gain through the MBA places me in a unique position to develop teams and organisations with further depth. Currently at the British Asian Trust, I have learnt the value of social finance, making sustainable changes for the longer-term, and helping marginalised communities in South Asia. I have a strong commitment to contributing to society, as demonstrated by my service in the sector and I hope to continue to empower the diaspora communities locally and internationally.
I read English and American Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and decided to pursue this MA directly after graduation. My Undergraduate research and writing was primarily concerned with literature of the diaspora, the marginalised and the outsider and was supplemented by a range of literary and visual forms of creative expression. The themes, explorations, and criticisms that I engaged with in my BA were very much concerned with the history and legacy of colony and cultural imperialism left in the wake of Empire. This MA enables me to further critique these facets of postcolonial British society and culture through the lens of literary expression. The realms of Academia, particularly literary criticism, are and always have been elitist and traditional – disseminating establishment voices rather than that of the wider community. I hope to break this mould of convention in order to secure and foster spaces of intellectual and critical thought for British Muslims.
After ten years working in youth guidance and careers education, employment and training as a Connexions Personal Adviser with clients from diverse backgrounds, and almost four years as a healthcare chaplain in a busy acute hospital environment within a multi-faith team, the motivation behind studying this Masters in Public Health is to better understand how the social determinants of health impact the life course of individuals and communities, and therefore their life chances. I want to learn more about these social determinants so I can enter the field of public health and help develop strategies with local stakeholders, multi-agencies and the third sector to improve the life expectancy and wellbeing of local communities. In my spare time I love playing with my children, walks, reading, swimming, yoga, music, volunteering, and catching up with friends and family.
In September 2020 I will begin my final year of architecture studies at the London Metropolitan University. I am interested in the city and civic culture. In today’s interconnected world, I believe as a woman I can help to accelerate the engagement and the enabling of greater opportunities for women worldwide. I intend to work towards developing diverse, sustainable and prosperous cultures in each region of our planet. I am an affiliate member of Global Dignity, an international organisation with a mission to unite everyone with the belief that we all deserve to live a life of dignity. In my work as an architect I aim to contribute effectively to the cultural sector using creativity as a tool for human progress and pleasure. I love beauty and that’s why I choose architecture as a career.
I have graduated from a prestigious Islamic seminary, where I obtained an Islamic Scholarship degree (‘Ālimiyyah) alongside receiving various licenses in Hadīth, variant modes of Qur’ānic recitation (al-Qirā’ah al-Sab’), Islamic finance and other subjects. My passion for education then led me to complete a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training and teach at Muslim faith schools. I am also a keen writer and speaker which has allowed me to contribute to various local and international organisations and projects. I plan to undertake an MA in Islamic Studies in order to synergise my previous skills and knowledge with that which I will gain from higher academia. This will aid me to enhance the effectiveness of my endeavours and thus better serve the Muslim community in the current climate.
Being the first generation in my family who has attended university and further education, I have always been a firm believer that hard work, dedication and resilience will enable you to make your mark on the world. Over the last 4 years I have been fortunate enough to get an insight of what day to day life is like in the health service for doctors and patients through volunteering. I have worked as an interpreter assisting individuals whose first language is not English and I have tutored children in my local area whose parents have struggled due to lack of knowledge of the curriculum and language barriers. I strive to ensure there is an increase in support and appropriate resources for ethnic minorities within society and local communities, especially within the NHS. I am passionate about women’s rights and I want to be a voice for the unspoken and the silenced.
As an LLB Law graduate from SOAS aspiring to qualify as a solicitor, completing my LLM with the Legal Practice Course will enable me to fulfil this ambition, thanks to the Aziz Foundation. The legal system is the governing institution of a country, and I believe it must be representative of the nation’s diversity and include Muslims. The LLM will increase my legal knowledge and gear me up to become a solicitor, and enable me to facilitate access to law and justice. Gaining amazing work experience at an immigration law firm has confirmed my desire to pursue this field and continue to make a difference to people’s lives.
Having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Jurisprudence I now look forward to further study on the BCL. Through this course I intend to develop my research interests, particularly in commercial and employment law. Moving towards practise, I hope to facilitate access to justice for marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
My research is borne out of my own experiences witnessing the impact of socio-economic inequalities and media discourses on the educational and professional outcomes of BAME and Muslim communities. I intend to research how Muslim students engage with school history, how school history plays a role in helping manage synergies and dissonances arising from different historical interpretations, and how to mitigate for disengagement and alienation. I aim to explore how Muslim students identify and where they locate themselves within the classroom and wider British society, with the hope that findings will repudiate commonly entrenched misconceptions and allow Muslim students to find belonging in multicultural Britain.
I completed my undergraduate in Law (LLB) with First-Class honours from the University of East London in 2019. In the same year, the National Association of Licensed Paralegals awarded me the second highest grade in Level 6. Furthermore, I worked as a Vice President at UEL Students’ Union and founded many academic student groups and associations. Currently, I am working as a volunteer caseworker for MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development), focussing on hate crimes. In addition, I am passionate about working with disadvantaged people, particularly in issues relating to homelessness, domestic violence, community care and civil liberties.
I am pursuing a Masters in Global Politics at LSE as I believe that in order to tackle the discrimination faced by British Muslims, we must first understand the political systems from which it is borne. In pursuing the study of Politics through an international lens, I aim for my research to demonstrate the need for an intersectional approach when studying the workings of nation states. This is one that takes into account the implicit orientalism within discourse towards Muslim communities, and ways in which this can be challenged through an understanding of the lived experiences of Muslim communities. I have undertaken research on the depiction of Muslim migrants within the media and, thanks to the Aziz Foundation, aim to continue to address the position of Muslims in the British political sphere at the postgraduate level.
I chose to further my studies in Forensic science, as I believe that there is no greater charity than giving justice. As an avid charity worker, I am heavily involved in countless charity projects and initiatives for emergency relief, as it is our duty follow in the Prophet’s footsteps and help others. I will use my unique skillset to stand up for and be the voice of those innocent victims that are in real need of justice. We as Muslims face a higher danger of discrimination, Islamophobia and prejudice in today’s society, which leads to injustice and false criminal accusations. Forensic science is an important discipline that is vital to the investigation of crime and exoneration, so I will be able to use a combination of intelligence and evidence collection, to help these victims, inshaAllah.
During the final year of my LLB, I undertook a module which comprised of meeting and representing clients who required help due to the complex welfare system. It was overwhelmingly clear to me that more than any other group of people, Muslims were the prominent minority who were coming to the clinic for legal aid. I knew then that upon completing my Bar Practice Course LLM, I would use the knowledge attained from the course and that of my undergraduate degree to provide the support and representation that these clients need. As a Muslim, I believe it is of immense importance that I make an active effort to change the narrative and by educating myself and helping others is the best way of achieving this.
Whilst studying Law at the University of Cambridge and completing the Bar Professional Training Course, I discovered my interests lie in criminal law and human rights. I developed a practical understanding of criminal justice whilst working at the Howard League for Penal Reform and for a Member of Parliament in London. My undergraduate dissertation at Cambridge was entitled ‘Is the criminal justice system institutionally Islamophobic?’, demonstrating my academic interest in the impact of criminal justice policies on the Muslim community in Britain. I have since published an article in a peer-reviewed journal, the City Law Review, on the same topic. I have also published a case-note on the lawfulness of the use of stop and search powers at border crossings, which was published by Justice. This MPhil will allow me to cultivate an understanding of the legal, criminological and sociological issues surrounding criminal justice, which will aid me in becoming a successful barrister.
Whilst studying Social Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice as an undergraduate at the University of York, I have developed a firm understanding of the key themes and issues surrounding crime and criminal justice. I have been fortunate enough to be able to contextualise said issues through my role as a Special Sergeant in the Police. My undergraduate studies in conjunction with my role within the police have laid a solid foundation for me to embark on this Masters. The Institute of Criminology will provide the ideal environment to allow me to cultivate a more critical, deeper understanding of crime and criminological theories and debates which I can convey going into a wide range of law enforcement/government organisations, and Insha’Allah inspire more Muslims to take a similar path.
I aim to specialise in areas relating to the understanding of human behaviour within the built environment such as spatial cognition, sustainable urbanism and social inclusion: experiential factors that underpin the success of the environments in which we live and experience throughout our day-to-day lives. I hope to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired by the course to develop strategies for local communities in reducing crime and promoting social inclusion. I also aim to develop an understanding of the various social factors at play within the built environment in order to diagnose the social impacts of high-density environments, particularly those driven by set processes such as transport interchanges and high-density religious complexes. The ability to consider human behaviour in my work will enable me to springboard my design abilities to unlock hidden design opportunities that otherwise could not have been considered with the ultimate aim of driving social inclusion.
My previous studies and clinical experience in acute mental health and primary care have revealed the challenging societal milieu that has led to a drastic increase in mental health diagnoses among our youngest British Muslims. For many, self-harm has become their new coping mechanism, and suicidal attempts their new best escape. With long-standing taboos against mental health, our Muslim community has left them with little to nothing to offer in return. My hope is that by pursuing my qualification as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist for Children, Adolescents and Families, I will be able to address the realities and issues faced by young Muslims and their families to facilitate wholeness in the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and spiritual systems
I am a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Haematology. I am also a part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. However, my real passion and area of interest is tackling the issue of poor health outcomes and health disparities for minority communities, particularly Muslims.
Outside my role as a Biomedical Scientist, I work on a number of projects with the health charity Medical Information for Ethnic Minorities (MIEM). The aim of the charity is to promote and improve access to health and medical information for minority ethnic communities.
This Masters will enable me to enter the next phase of my career by moving into senior roles in health policy and management as a representative and advocate for the Muslim community.
Having worked as a senior chef in the hospitality industry for three years, the absence of British Muslim representation within the workplace was noticeable. Personally, I experienced difficulties with career progression due to company norms conflicting with my religious boundaries. The number of British Muslims in higher managerial positions within the hospitality industry in the UK is quite small. It is my ambition to influence workplace policies within organisations to encourage a more inclusive culture by eliminating recruitment bias, and to improve the representation of BAME Muslims with equal career progression opportunities. By studying this Masters, I aspire to focus my knowledge on the occupational barriers faced by BAME Muslims. I am also interested in learning more about recruitment processes, employment law, diversity and inclusion.
I have completed an accredited BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences and the first year of an MSc in Physician Associate studies, both at St George’s university of London. The Physician Associate role was introduced in the United Kingdom due to the shortfall in the number of clinicians required to meet patient demand. Owing to the hard work and resilience required to qualify as a Physician Associate, I seek to use my role as a beautiful opportunity to display that academic success and being religiously committed are not mutually exclusive. Through this role, I also hope to be an advocate for the inclusivity of Muslims within the healthcare setting, especially in areas that may lack in cultural competency.
Having graduated with a BA honours in Childhood and Youth studies, I naturally became drawn to advocating for the BAME youth. Now that i have been granted a scholarship with Aziz Foundation, I will pursue a career in advocating and mentoring Muslim youth,
offering guidance and support. Additionally, I believe that a Masters in Education, will give me the opportunity to work alongside other professionals
in a leadership role and not limit myself to becoming a voice for Muslim male and females,
but rather helping them reach their unwavering potential. I believe that as
educators, we have the power to influence and make decisions to alter a child’s
future and give them a chance of success regardless of the obstacles one may have faced in life.
I think it’s healthy to remember from time to time that being Muslim is a choice, and not just an inheritance. Here I think a deeper appreciation of philosophy is helpful, because it’s in this subject that we can truly analyse claims and arguments on a deep level, be they our own, or those of others. Perhaps if we study it deeply we can upgrade the level of our discourse, making it more authentic and helpful for everyone; a discourse more concerned with what claim seems the most reasonable, rather than a discourse of ‘us versus them’. This Masters comes for me after having completed two BA’s: one in English from the University of Cambridge, and the other in Contextual Islamic Studies, from Cambridge Muslim College.
I firmly believe that globally, the Muslim community needs to build networks, share knowledge, and expertise across the board including in areas such as health, education, law, finance and islamic studies with an understanding of the key issues that we face as a community. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Aziz Foundation has given me to continue my studies of economics at the University of Cambridge. I hope to apply the technical training that I will receive on this course to ensure that the Muslim community in the UK are fairly accounted for and represented in wider society.
My academic background in Food science and Nutrition, and always having a yearning to help others in a clinical setting, has encouraged me to pursue a Masters degree in Dietetics. I hope to promote food and diet as a form of medicine as inspired by the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (saws) and aid those who suffer from chronic illnesses, with a particular interest in pre and post-natal nutrition. I have noticed a lack of representation of Muslims in healthcare and hope that my presence will motivate more Muslims to consider roles within STEM subjects. By using the knowledge I have gained, I hope to help the community adopt healthy eating and healthy mindsets.
I graduated in Operating Department Practice (ODP) from Sheffield Hallam University, where I provided skilled care and support to patients at all stages of an operation. Now, I am determined to study Physician Associate studies, as this will enable me to fulfil my passion for science and healthcare. Within this field there is a lack of Muslims, especially Muslim women. Through conversations, I can clear negative misconceptions by being a prominent and active representative for my community within the NHS. I know this will help to bridge the gap between non-Muslims and Muslims, as it will increase the space for open and honest dialogue. I’m willing to work hard towards encouraging, inspiring and educating young individuals, especially young Muslims, in order to spark the interest to pursue Higher Education.
In 2015 I completed my undergraduate integrated Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University College London. During this time I never found any strong affinity for the subject I was studying. However, soon after through my own reading I came to realise that my real passion lies in Philosophy; particularly in the fields of Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion and Islamic Philosophy. I grew fascinated at how these fields shape our understanding of: where we derive our knowledge from; how we understand the world at large and how we reconcile our understandings of empiricism, rationality and revelation. I was also amazed to see how far these subjects can go in explaining wider social issues such as man’s sense of alienation in the modern world, the rise of the ecological crisis and the irreconcilable problems of materialism. These problem areas I feel need tackling now more than ever, especially in the world of academia.
A question that is often echoed in STEM is “What does a sustainable future look like?” I believe that the field of chemical engineering will play a pivotal role in harnessing high-potential technologies and applying these for the betterment of society on a global scale. I hope to develop a strong technical grounding in the field of chemical engineering to allow me to attain my chartership as a professional chemical engineer – being voice for Muslims in this space and ensuring we play an active role in these cutting-edge developments. I am particularly motivated to proactively contribute to the sustainable development of smart processes; leveraging the skills gained to drive innovation, and thus be at the forefront of revolutionary redefinition of a plethora of sectors.
I recently graduated from the LSE with a BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. During this, I was able to research the effects of ideological preferences on migration decisions, and I quickly realised I wanted to develop these research skills further. This is why I’ve decided to undertake an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge. I plan to focus on public and labour economics, with a particular emphasis on education. An interest of mine is to explore the decision-making process of taking interest-based student loans for Muslim students, compared to non-Muslims students, and how this affects educational and labour market outcomes. Upon completion, I plan to pursue a career as a government economist within the UK civil service, with a particular interest in working for the Department for Education. I’m also considering undertaking doctoral studies mid-career, after finding the economic issues within society which most resonate with me.
It is both an honour and a privilege to be awarded a scholarship from the Aziz Foundation. I intend to use this opportunity to complete my MEng Civil Engineering degree at Imperial College London. The course will enable me to study engineering design in more detail, alongside students from over 50 nationalities. Having already completed internships with Shell and Crossrail, I believe my masters will help me attain a management position working on mega infrastructure projects in the UK. The year ahead will be a challenging one, especially with the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, but I’m looking forward to continuing my work as an Imperial STEM Ambassador for the 4th year running alongside my studies.
As an aspiring solicitor and recent Law graduate, I intend to study the Legal Practice Course and Master’s in Professional Legal Practice this academic year. My interest in law has always stemmed from the fact that it seeps into our everyday lives with so many different practice areas available, and so has the potential to act as a means of solving challenging issues in society. Through undertaking a variety of pro bono work and local work placements, which involved working with ordinary individuals, I became passionate about increasing access to justice for marginalised communities. Further, I wish to address social inequality and the need for reform, as well as adequate representation in the legal sector and beyond.
By embarking on this Masters course, I hope to able to give back to my community and increase the positive representation of Muslims. The Migrant story is both rich and complex, a story that undoubtedly needs to be told. I aim to further my understanding of Migration studies and apply new skills and knowledge by helping those who are in need, particularly those in the Muslim community. This has all been made possible by the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, an opportunity that I am extremely grateful for.
So few of us are blessed with being educated to this level that it is incumbent on us to give back to the Ummah. Mental illness is highly prevalent and the Muslim community are not immune to this. With mental illness, there is a lack of awareness or acknowledgement within our community. It is an illness that manifests without being seen. As Al-Ghazali states, this is an illness that if left untreated, will grow and devour the rest of the body. For this reason, I want to bring this issue to light and tackle it to bring a real change to our Muslim community here in the UK. Muslims were once at the forefront of this endeavour and I believe that we are still the most equipped to bring about this change.
After completing a BA in History at the University of York in 2013, I trained as a newspaper journalist at Lambeth College. In 2019, I published my first book, Follow Me Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims, in which I explored how digital culture and social technology influenced the way British Muslims understood themselves, their faith, and their place in the world. The book was long listed for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. With the support of the Aziz Foundation, I am pursuing an MSc in Digital Anthropology at University College London, where I hope to further develop on the research conducted in my book. I hope to explore the ways in which communities form in online spaces, how they relate to their offline counterparts, and how social technology influences the way in which people communicate and commemorate within established cultures.
One of the most pressing scientific problems today is understanding climate change and its effects on the hydrological cycle. My research at the University of Manchester focused on the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to study submerged vegetation from River Mersey. Water pollution, management of floods and sea level rises are some of the challenges that remain unresolved. Thanks to the Aziz Foundation’s generous support, I will be able to further my understanding of hydrology at Oxford and make a contribution towards aiding communities particularly vulnerable to climate change.
I have come to experience the immeasurable impact of film and television in my own life. The way in which it enables me to process the world in all its glory, tragedy, beauty and struggle, the creativity and expression woven into depicting the complexity of life and the humans who live it, combined with the precise science of shooting, editing and composing the final masterpiece is something I intend to utilise and share with a wider audience in order to improve the image and quality of life for British Muslims and Muslims globally. A huge gap in this field for the descendants of diaspora is waiting to be filled, there is a lack of representation of Muslims and with my experience in directing for radio and short films as well the skills I gain from this Masters qualification I hope to fill this gap, inspire other Muslims and fix the problems of representation.
Having experienced first hand the lack of mental health services within Muslim communities in Birmingham, my dream has always been to help those who are less fortunate and with limited access to such services. I recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology with Study Abroad. I am aware of the progress that has been made in regards to widening awareness of mental health issues amongst people of colour, whilst also learning about the progress that is still to be made. I will be specialising in psychosis disorders during my Masters, whilst gaining the clinical experience necessary for a career as a clinical psychologist, by working with patients at South Maudsley Hospital. In my spare time I like to document the journey of achieving my academic goals on Youtube and hope to inspire Muslim women to strive for whatever dream they may have – however big or small.
With a BSc in Geography I have solidified my understanding of the environmental, social and economic factors at play across the globe, which has allowed me to pursue a role in the Strategic Planning Policy Team at Birmingham City Council. Working in the public sector has provided me with an invaluable experience within the planning policy sphere. I am constantly deciding how to strengthen social cohesion, especially in times of diversity and inequality. Everyone has an interest in their local environment and part of a planner’s job is mediating between competing interests, which is crucial in developing efficient, eco-friendly and well-built spaces that are inclusive of all. Already half way through my MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham, my ultimate aim is to utilise the knowledge I obtain to address the socio-spatial issues Muslim communities are facing.
Having graduated in fashion design from the University of Bedfordshire, I always had a passion to channel my creativity and explore Western fashion further. The link between culture and clothing is a strong one and I think a blend of Western and Eastern fashion has limitless possibilities. My main aim is to try and incorporate traditional hand embroidery and manipulation of fabric into contemporary fashion for women’s wear that enhances strong women and reveals cultural difference and connectivity. I aim to become one of the best known fashion designers with my own unique signature style of fashion.
I currently work in the charity sector focusing on international development. The main purpose of this work is to provide some of the world’s poorest communities with access to education. I am also looking to plan and develop UK-based community projects which aim to support those vulnerable to educational marginalisation.
My interest in law was inspired by the roots of Islam, the key quote being ‘to save one life is like saving all of mankind’. This quote launched me into my journey of becoming a lawyer, to tackle inequality in society and to help those who otherwise would have no legal assistance. During my LLM I joined the Universities Law Clinic in providing pro-bono legal advice to people who either couldn’t afford it or had been overlooked. This passion to give back to the community drives me to undertake this Masters, which will allow me to gain more expertise in a range of fields and Inshallah enable me to help the society I grew up in. As an aspiring solicitor, I am of the firm conviction that more can be done to support vulnerable communities, and to this end I aim to improve the legal representation given to both Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
It’s been tough, deciding where I want to go, what my next step is and how I want to achieve it. That being said, the search is what’s got me here. I want to show others that you can always take the unconventional route to reach your end game. I wouldn’t be able to get over the line without this scholarship from the Aziz Foundation but like my training officer said, ‘it’s not luck, you deserve this because you worked for it so don’t let people tell you otherwise’. In hindsight of sounding cheesy…I can’t wait to help others achieve their dreams. Support is an amazing thing. I’ve worked with patients in secondary care and I’ve also worked as an interpreter, being capable of speaking different languages has helped me bridge the gap for people who would otherwise be misunderstood. I hope to continue to the work in a way that will make healthcare more accessible. Going into my 2nd Year of MSc Physician Associate studies is an exciting time and I look forward to honing in on all my skills. I’m career driven and ambitious and still have a lot more to achieve Inshaa Allah.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said “the best of people are those who are most beneficial to the people”. My aim is to establish a legacy which benefits Muslims in education, empowering them to make positive contributions to society whilst preserving their Islamic identity. Having completed my undergraduate in English Language and Linguistics, I became interested in how education systems work and how current policies that disadvantage Muslim students can be tackled within educational settings. This led me to pursuing a PGCE, wherein I recognised that Muslim students are confronted by a plethora of unique social challenges. As Muslims, our solutions are also unique as they are derived from our prophetic tradition. Completing the masters programme will prepare me for management roles and develop my ability to lead institutions attentive to the disadvantaged voice and facilitate change in establishments where minority concerns are not heard.
During my undergraduate studies, in Comparative Literature, I was heavily involved in student journalism and ran the student newspaper. For my degree and my work with the newspaper, I have written on issues such as colourism, far-right politics and representations of Muslims in literature. My extensive experience in student journalism has led me to embark upon a MA in Interactive Journalism. I endeavour to carry on writing about the topics I have written about previously and use dynamic methods to present them. I have a particular interest in data journalism because using data, to show trends such as increases in interactions with far-right ideology in light of various political events, provides more lucidity in reporting.
As an actor, my goal is to inspire and be an example for others to follow their dreams just like I was inspired through art. I want to create impactful art that educates and empowers people, challenges underlying social issues and improves the representation of Muslims and ethnic minorities. I want to globally represent Muslims and ethnic minorities, and lead a new era of actors who share stories that transform the world for all current and future generations. By studying for an MA in Acting, I’ll learn and gain all the skills, techniques and experiences needed to become an exceptional actor, artistic creator and change maker.
“Women are the sentinels of the nation” – Fatima Jinnah. This quote has had a profound and thought provoking effect on my life as a British Asian woman. I understand the imbalance of representation within the British Asian and minority ethnic groups within Britain’s political and historical landscape. My aims are to be an advocate to educate wider society on the trials and tribulations the British Asian community are facing and have faced throughout history. The influence of my work will be the difference that contributes to society through further research in my MA and help pave the way to give British Asians the voice we deserve.
After completing my PGA, I intend to do the Masters in Islamic Education to further develop my expertise in the field. Currently, teaching young Muslims and serving our community, my goal is to impact society in a positive manner and bridge the gap that exists for young Muslims, Muslim women and new Muslims in the British context. I believe education is the key to a flourishing society. In a beautiful Hadith it states, ‘the ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of a martyr’. Thus, I wish to use a scholarly and academic approach to carry out this sacred task, to research pedagogic theories and practices to better educate our society and bridge the gaps in knowledge currently found in British Muslim communities, but also for the benefit of society at large.
I am pursuing a MA in Islamic Studies at the School of African and Oritental Studies (SOAS). Previously, I have completed an Alimiyyah program from a British Islamic Seminary, and have since started my own Islamic school which caters for children, teenagers and adults. I am currently creating my own curriculum for teenagers which hopefully aims to deal with the various contemporary and intellectual challenges of the modern world. I have ambitions to move on to Doctoral research and enter the realm of academia in future, hoping to improve the perceptions of veiled women in academic, religious and societal circles.
I recently completed a BSc in Chemistry at University College London where I developed a special interest in green chemistry. A Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering will equip me with the tools necessary to embark on a fulfilling career where I can apply my expertise to contribute to the needs of the renewable energy industry. Within Muslim communities, females can be placed in a box when it comes to the careers we should pursue. I would like to eradicate the perception that we should follow traditional careers and encourage females to break into male dominated careers such as engineering.
I graduated from St Georges University of London and continued to attain professional registration as a Biomedical Scientist. Ultrasound uniquely served as a tool to use my scientific knowledge in order to diagnose and aid patients when they are in most need. Traditionally, ultrasound has been used to scan in obstetric settings, whereas now it is at the forefront of almost all aspects of medicine, from ‘rapid scanning’ in emergency settings to bedside scanning for non-mobile patients. Thus, this Masters will prepare me for a highly advanced role in healthcare, whereby non-invasive ultrasound technology will be vital in the diagnosis of disease. I aim to inspire Muslim women to not feel that practicing their beliefs means that they must compromise on their aspirations.
I am currently a Midwife Coordinator managing a fast-paced high risk labour ward. My interest in national and international health grew when I was previously the lead specialist for FGM- providing surgical and holistic care for women in the community. However, I still felt the need to do more, especially for ethnic minority groups and migrants where there are obvious gaps in the provision and access to healthcare. With this MSc I will gain knowledge and understanding of how to develop and partake in educational programming, public health policy making, research and epidemiology and explore the social determinants of health. These transferable skills will allow me to instigate change within the provision of health care for these service users and explore it at a global scale.
I am studying a masters in International Journalism. With a degree in International Politics with Arabic, I have always had an interest in world news. I have gained experience working in the media industry with Sky and BBC. With this masters, I hope to gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to really make a positive impact in my community.
My current work in Health Communications has enhanced my interest in improving health literacy in the British Muslim community, particularly in the area of vaccine confidence. I hope to use my experience in public health and social policy to address Islamic concerns surrounding vaccines and pharmaceuticals, whilst working to promote their vital uptake. Through studying this Masters, I will be able to combine my passions of science and business. Most notably, the Drug Discovery component of this degree will allow me to explore Halal-alternatives to current treatment options in the market, as well as build upon the research I conducted during my Bachelor’s thesis, surrounding ‘Novel Medical Therapeutics and Nutraceuticals’. In my spare time, I am an avid writer and poet – currently working on a historical fiction set in East Africa in the 1970s.
My name is Mohamed Mohamud and I was a civil servant working at the Central Criminal Court, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service which is part of the Ministry of Justice in London, UK. Having studied International Politics, I have a keen interest in Development, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights. I’m also the founder and published author of an international platform called Somali Sideways which is a photo project that is looking to focus on re-positioning perceptions of Somalis and the diaspora – a people who often suffer from negative stereotypes. I believe that marginalised groups are portrayed with negative connotations and I hope to change the misconceptions on how the world views the Somali region.
After graduating with an honours degree in Sociology and Public Policy, I went abroad to complete a course in Islamic scholarship, and attainined a license to teach Islamic sciences. Upon returning, I obtained my PGCE and began teaching on a range of subjects including Religion, History and Sociology. I later joined the prison service to serve as a Chaplain. My areas of academic interest are comparative religion, contemporary culture and pastoral theology.
I graduated with a BA in History from Queen Mary University of London, and have spent the past year working in the Civil Service. Now, with the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, I will be returning to academia by pursuing a Master’s degree. This course will allow me to conduct research in relatively unexplored areas of the early medieval past. I am particularly interested in cross-cultural history and interfaith interactions, and through my research I aim to promote a better understanding of the Muslim world, including the reception and impact of Islam in Europe from the early Middle Ages. In doing so, I hope to counter misconceptions and inspire greater diversity of thought in the humanities.
I completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2007 and worked in the Cabinet Office as a Legal Policy Adviser advising ministers, peers and MPs on charity law. In 2013, I qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm working its London, Dubai and Doha offices. I specialised in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration at another law firm in the City of London. In recent years, I launched my own legal practice specialising in dispute resolution and charity law. I also entered politics getting elected as a Councillor in 2018. I am pursuing an LLM in international dispute resolution at Queen Mary University of London to help me boost my legal practice. I am active in the Muslim community providing pro-bono legal advice through various organisations.
My previous studies, Law at undergraduate level and Politics and Contemporary History at Masters level, have allowed me to explore the historical, political and philosophical themes within the Western legal tradition. However, as the relationship between the Islamic and Western and liberal legal tradition and thought increasingly becomes the subject of academic analysis, it is paramount that the Muslim community has the appropriate means to represent itself in this discussion and further the analysis. Through studying an LLM in Islamic Law at SOAS, I hope to build upon the foundation provided by my previous studies and be part of this exploration and analysis. Beyond my studies, I write for Islam21c and I have worked at a number of start-ups. In my free time, I enjoy reading and I am an avid football and boxing fan.
I am a policy professional in the UK’s Civil Service with a background in law, teaching and the social enterprise/not-for-profit sectors. I am passionate about mentoring young people, increasing access to education and leadership/community development. Through this masters, The Aziz Foundation is providing me with the stepping stone to explore an exciting and interdisciplinary area of law, whilst also providing me with a network of scholars and a real opportunity to strive for positive impact.
A key aspiration for me is enabling our youth to flourish in their chosen interests; the pursuit for knowledge is an obligation for many that crafts a path of ease for our ultimate goal in life. Alongside medical studies I have interests in academia, in particular clinical research to create exceptional care providers for the future. I have been fortunate to work alongside organisations with wider focuses on engagement and development in our communities and I intend to use the skills developed during this course as a means for making an impact in our circles inshaAllah. Lastly, I enjoy cycling treks, exploring the outdoors and reading thought provoking literature.
As a biochemistry graduate, I was keen to continue exploring human physiology and medicine, but on a more practical level. Pursuing a career as a Physician Associate, I hope to develop my understanding of disease conditions, whilst positively contributing to the health management of patients to help them live healthier, fulfilled lives. As a generalist medical professional, I am particularly enthusiastic about the overlap between physical and mental health, an area the Muslim community often misunderstand and overlook. I truly believe facilitating open conversations within our communities about the impact of negative mental health, is the key to ensuring people feel empowered to seek out help and embark on the road to recovery.
The continuous revolutionary changes that mechanical engineering has, is, and will make in our society are not unknown to many; however, the same cannot be said for the contribution made by British Muslims in this field, which is partially due to the lack of representation therein. This is something that has incentivised me to specialise in this field by pursuing a Masters in mechanical engineering so that I may acquire a deeper understanding of the application of engineering principles. Doing so will allow me to gain chartership with the IMechE, after which I can visit schools, colleges and other educational institutes as an experienced figure in the field to offer career advice and support to young engineering prospects, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
After graduating from my BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester, I was elected into a range of elected roles for students culminating in being the principal representative for 1.5 Million Students of Colour in Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships across the UK. My campaigning was primarily around the awarding gap, decolonising the curriculum, Students Not Suspects and the hostile environment. I have been published in the first ever International Handbook of Islamophobia (Routledge) RIFE: 21 Stories from Britain’s Youth (Unbound) and in the upcoming Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy (Palgrave Macmillan). Through my MA, I hope to deepen my understanding of securitisation, abolition and restorative justice to support social change in these arenas.
Studying BA International Relations and Social Anthropology at SOAS for my undergraduate degree has opened my eyes to the challenges faced by various marginalised communities and the reality of many under reported global injustices. A masters in NGO Management will equip me with the tools required to serve various communities in the UK and internationally, to help devise the solutions to global problems myself, and with others envision an organised, well-resourced and sustainable world. I have a passion for Black rights and run a Black rights based organisation, which a masters at City will enable me to expand and develop.
The Masters at Uclan will build on my knowledge acquired from completing a Higher Diploma of Specialisation in Islamic Law at Jamia Al-Karam. A common principle amongst the Islamic jurists is that the one who is unaware of his society and tries to give a response is actually ignorant. Therefore, whilst serving my local community, as a qualified Imam, this course will equip me to fully understand British culture and society, from a holistic point of view, and then be able to provide an appropriate answer in light of Islamic teachings. Aside from studies my hobbies include cycling and taking part in charity events.
Research shows the BME population have a significantly greater risk of developing type two diabetes. Research studies recognise the need for culturally sensitive health education to better support Muslim patients and improve their health outcomes. The Diabetes Care MSc allows progression to become a diabetes specialist nurse, a role in which I can help transform current diabetes services to better meet the needs of the Muslim community.
Having completed my formal studies in an Islamic seminary in Blackburn, I’ve gone on to study and complete a degree in Health Sciences at the Open University. Alongside my undergraduate studies, I have worked as a teacher of Science and head of Pastoral Care, attending to the needs of young Muslim children at an Islamic secondary school. In light of this experience, I have gained an understanding of the problems young Muslims face, ranging from peer pressure to lack of representation in the community. In undertaking this postgraduate qualification, I hope to tap into the world of technology and, coupled with my experience in pastoral care, develop educational resources that will raise the standards of Islamic education and assist educators and learners alike.
The media is a powerful institution, capable of persuading the minds of the masses. Graduating from Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Westminster, and having worked at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, my understanding of the human mind benefits the exploration of social issues and current affairs. My roles within the community, alongside writing for an audience, have broadened my understanding of those the media is targeted at. My particular interests lie in current affairs, and countering the misrepresentation of muslims, by coupling them with my knowledge of the human psyche to produce powerful journalism.
I am an experienced senior manager in the charity sector working for an international humanitarian agency who is empowering people in some truly destitute areas. By studying an MBA at the University of Manchester it would allow me to streamline my management and leadership skills further and develop other areas of an organisation. I aspire to give back my expertise to grassroot organisations and help them to develop their operations to achieve their vision and transform into becoming great institutions.
Algebra finds its origin with the Muslim scholar al-Khawarizmi, yet, today, the field of mathematics is lacking Muslims. Through this MSc, I hope to inspire a new generation to take up study in the Mathematical Sciences. Having studied a BSc in maths, I learnt of the importance of maths in biological research. In particular, I hope to use algebra to study biological and molecular systems.
After graduating from an Islamic seminary with a BA (Honours) equivalent in Islamic Law and Islamic Theology, I completed a Postgraduate Award in Islamic Education at the University of Warwick. My zeal for education has now led me to pursue a Masters in Islamic Studies at SOAS university with the support of Aziz Foundation. Through this MA, I intend to gain a contemporary understanding of religion, and understand how to address current issues in an updating society. I hope to use the academic knowledge coupled with the Islamic knowledge I possess, to help individuals searching for purpose, and make positive changes in the extensive British Muslim community. One of my main priorities are to educate and encourage the younger generation to help bridge the gap that exists between traditional and modern values, without losing the essence of Islam.
Having graduated with a BSc in Psychology, I have worked in both the video games and tech research industry since. I will be embarking on a MSc in User Experience Research and Design, which will equip me with the necessary skills and tools to pursue a career in user research in video games and hopefully increase Muslim representation in the game industry. Across popular entertainment, representation of Muslims is growing beyond stereotypical portrayals, however in the video game medium this has been slightly slower despite having a much greater reach. I’d like to be an example to the community of someone who has developed their everyday passion into a career and have an influence in the representation of Muslims in popular culture.
‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet.’ These famous words emphasise the importance of voting, campaigning and utilising democratic channels in order to bring about real change and progress. Although, you’d be forgiven for losing hope in recent years. But I’m still hopeful. Through greater understanding, stronger unity and a better strategic approach, I believe minorities in the UK – particularly the Muslim community – will be able to effectively influence public policy for the benefit of the whole country. And I want to help make that happen, explaining my choice of study. Previously, I read History & Spanish at the University of Manchester for my undergraduate. I then began my career as an intern in local government, and later moved into the civil service. I currently work in a strategy role at the Cabinet Office, supporting government departments set up and develop their commercial organisations.
During my BSc in Human Genetics, I was exposed to the field of Personalised Medicine. Whilst current treatments/medications are prescribed on a disease basis, there are patients that don’t respond to the treatment or respond negatively. The aim of personalised medicine is to overcome this problem by prescribing medications after analysing an individual’s genome. This field is still up and coming with new research being conducted all the time. I want to be a part of the change that is happening within the healthcare system, so I am continuing my studies by undertaking a MSc in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapy. The Masters will equip me with the skills and knowledge to contribute to research and design within this field whilst also increasing Muslim representation in scientific research.
Health Psychology demonstrates how physical and mental health are intrinsically linked, yet many individuals are unaware of the field. The diverse society that we live in today means that we should be taking a diverse approach in delivering healthcare and ensuring that regardless of your background or religion, services are accessible. Having worked at an in-patient psychiatric unit, I noticed that many Muslims were not actively seeking help for their emotional and physical well-being. I aim to increase awareness of Health Psychology in diverse communities to increase their access to services that help them manage long-term physical illnesses, whilst dealing with underlying psychological issues.
In Syria, caring for someone’s injuries for months, only for a barrel bomb to kill them made me realise that my medical profession, though noble, treats but does not cure the problem. This was my motivation to seek deep-rooted change first in public health, and now in public policy. I am now completing an academic-clinical fellowship at the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where I worked on the effect of conflict and instability on non-communicable diseases and mental health. I am arriving at the Blavatnik School as an Aziz Foundation scholar, eager to use what I will learn on the MPP to address health and wellbeing inequities as root causes of instability in the UK. My interests lie in healthcare worker education in conflict, integration of refugee healthcare workers into host workforces, and morality and public policy making.
As an interdisciplinary researcher and visual artist, I am interested in how film, art, and design can be used to explore historical and post-colonial notions of identity, Islam, and social-spatial organisation. During my BA Middle Eastern Studies (University of Cambridge), I realised that the rewriting of colonially-informed narratives is essential to challenge assumptions and foster more nuanced, critical thinking within British Muslim and wider non-Muslim communities. Undertaking traditional Islamic studies at Ebrahim College and Cambridge Muslim College afforded me insight into the relevance of Islamic paradigms to post-colonial experiences. Living abroad in Iran and Jordan, revealed to me the potential to bring such useful but esoteric academic discourse into the universal language of film through human story-telling. For me, the power of visual imagery to immortalise and express concepts in a way that words cannot is evident in how Islamic heritage has successfully preserved its core ideas and values through art and architecture. Film is a relatively new media that can celebrate and contribute to this heritage.
An area of personal interest has always been how scholars of Islam would speak about mental health and the necessity of its preservation in order for our potential as human beings to be fully actualised. After an introductory study of Islam & Psychology at the year long Qalam Seminary based in Dallas, Texas, this interest increased. I went on to pursue a BSc in Psychology at Queen Mary University. Alongside my studies, I started an organisation called CONSCIOUS aimed at putting what was learned into practise and providing a safe socio-spiritual space for young people to thrive. In my experience as a youth worker, a grounding in faith and a focus on mental wellbeing are two vital ingredients for overall communal growth. My intent for pursuing further study in these areas is to become better equipped to serve the community.
Having recently graduated from the LLB with the aspiration to become a barrister, I will be pursuing the Barristers Training Course and LLM at Nottingham Trent University. Advocacy is at the core of my dream career and I hope to use my skills and knowledge to seek justice for both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. I aim to increase the levels of diversity at the Bar as I do not feel there are enough female Muslim candidates overcoming the intimidation caused by working within the field. I hope to inspire and assist future young British Muslims that wish to pursue the Bar through a mentoring scheme that I plan to set up once I have attained my Masters.
I completed my PGCE in 2018 and have found much joy in being a secondary school maths teacher, despite the many gasps and sheer horror I see on people’s faces when I first reveal my career choice. Being a teacher is a humbling and rewarding experience. More so, you are not only a teacher, but you are a cheerleader, counsellor, role model, hero, motivational source and many other things. Being such an influential person in a student’s life can be profound and is an Amanah. Hence why I want to become the best teacher I can possibly be whilst representing and impacting the Muslim community. Undertaking this postgraduate degree will equip me with the skill set to really maximise my students’ engagement, progress and improve attitudes towards maths in school.
Having completed my undergraduate studies in Arabic and International Relations and engaged in interfaith dialogue over several years, I have long been interested in the importance of language and communication. I believe that in order to effectively challenge misrepresentative narratives of marginalised communities, we must first understand how these narratives come to exist in the first place. My hope is that I can use the skills gained through the study of Strategic Communications to better understand the relationship between language and power and, in doing so, we can effectively offer alternative narratives that are authentic and true to the realities of marginalised communities.
Having recently finished my BA in Law at Oxford University, I intend to study the LLM at LSE. From a young age I have cared about justice and equality for all. During my undergraduate, I spoke at 10 Downing Street on BAME issues; was elected as Oxford’s NUS delegate and served as Community Officer at my university Islamic Society. Through studying this Masters in Law I wish to learn how to challenge the barriers which are preventing equal treatment of Muslims and BAME individuals under the justice-system. I also wish to ensure that “freedom to manifest one’s religion” is given more respect by the Law.
I am a graduate from Lancaster University with a BA in International Relations. I am also a published author and my work can be found in The Tempest. Moreover, I have recently published a book, which can be found on Amazon. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry and listening to music.
In an era of social media and globalisation, true representation of all communities in literature and television is crucial to challenge and counter problematic narratives, which are increasing in popularity. I intend to create stories about inspiring Muslims characters that would move my readers and have a positive impact on them. By pursuing an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, this will give me the capacity to refine and improve my writing style, learn about the foundations of novel writing, challenge my thought process and introduce me to study material that will broaden my view of the world. I want to be able to share the stories of strong Muslim men and women and amplify their voices by making them relatable in the most authentic way.
My bachelors in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London as well as experience working with a wide range of charities, local communities, politicians and schools has exposed me to the different challenges faced by society. Studying International, Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics would equip me with the requirements necessary to evaluate policies as well as the vital tools needed to address contemporary social issues within my community and beyond. I aim to improve the public policymaking and delivery process by increasing local participation and researching the extent to which inclusive policies cover the breadth of society.
Deciding to pursue a Master’s in Human Resource Management is a route to achieve my career goals, and a commitment I have to increase representation of British Muslims within the corporate space. While studying, I aim to actively increase my knowledge in areas such as diversity and inclusion, recruitment, training and development, as well as learning about best practice approaches to a wide variety of Human Resource concerns. I am particularly looking forward to focusing my dissertation research on the issue of diversity within the workplace. This will help me gain insight into ways to improve the progression of British Muslim talent into leadership positions across different sectors.
The Law plays a pivotal role in our day to day lives. We can address many social issues especially within the Muslim community through legislation changes. Yet so many of us sit back and do not work for that change. My dream is to create educated and affluent Muslim communities where we are no longer underrepresented in politics, legislative bodies and media. Thanks to the Aziz Foundation, I am now able to begin my journey to work towards legal reform by starting the Masters of Law programme at City University of London. I am also a business owner of an online bakery platform, and aspire to raise aspirations of young Muslim women, encouraging more entrepreneurship in our community.
After completing my BEng in Biomedical Engineering, I decided to continue my studies in Healthcare Technologies. With the Aziz Foundation support, I aim to focus on medical robotics for eye surgery. As technology is becoming a crucial part of our everyday lives, it is also having an impact in the medical field. Robotic assistance can help clinicians improve the performance of their surgeries, as well as carry out procedures that are currently impossible. I am passionate about encouraging Muslim women to join the field and lead the development of future medical devices in order to improve the healthcare sector.
I have previously completed a Bachelors in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Toronto with a high distinction after which I did a postgraduate certificate in clinical research. I am now pursuing my Masters in Applied Neuropsychology. Neuroscience and mental health have always been my core interests and through this masters I hope to further enhance my knowledge and develop clinical insight. I also aim to contribute in raising awareness and mitigating the stigma that is often attached with mental health. I wish to represent the British Muslim community in advocating for equal access and provision of neuropsychological services, and I understand that mental health treatment and rehabilitation options for Muslims are often shaped by religion. As such, I envision bringing science and faith together by becoming a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist who shares the same faith ideologies as the British Muslim community.
Faith is instrumental to many aspects of life. Having read Global Health at King’s, I developed an understanding of the role faith-based organisations play in health promotion. My dissertation on Islamic Relief displayed how they adopt faith as a tool to create culturally relevant interventions in displaced Muslim communities. This MSc will enable me to build on this foundational research and explore how elements of faith can influence secularised health organisations. I am also passionate about encouraging Muslims to consider public policy as a career to build realisation of the impact Muslims can have on civil society. I created a Muslim network during my Civil Service internship that challenged Muslim attitudes towards the profession and emphasised the importance of having Muslims at the forefront of policy shaping roles to ensure the needs of our communities are heard.
After graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry and following eight months of research at the William Harvey Research Institute, I knew I did not want to pursue a career in scientific research. I wanted to do something that gave me direct interaction with people whilst using my scientific background to help them. Physician Associate Studies does exactly that – I study to the medical model thus becoming a clinician that works to serve the people but at the same time I can pursue other endeavours that I am passionate about. For example, I am the General Secretary for the London & South Lifesavers team at the British Islamic Medical Association, where we aim to teach basic life support to the community. Through many conversations, I have found that British Muslim women are underrepresented in the medical field and I aim to change that.
In Western society, you are arguably at a disadvantage if you are black, or from a minority ethnicity. You are at a disadvantage if you are female. You are at a disadvantage if you are Muslim. I am a Black, Female, Muslim. I am keen to study an Msc in Social and Cultural Psychology to understand the causes behind the disadvantages experience by people like me in society and what has reinforced it across time. By understanding the root causes, I believe I will be able to contribute towards influencing change in the current status quo. My BA in Anthropology and Law has laid down the foundations for the development my interest in culture and society. Studying this Masters will allow me to continue to pursue this interest in depth – particularly my interest in the matters of race and identity.
British Muslims are one of the largest minority groups in the UK and are gravely underrepresented in the legal field. I have long been fascinated by the development of law as a response to changes in society and I believe that with British Muslims making up a significant proportion of the population it is important that appropriate protections are available to them. My ambition is to qualify as a barrister and legal academic. My aim is to practise within the realm of commercial law, focusing specifically on property law issues, with a focus on a substantial amount of pro bono work as this is the best way I will be able to contribute to communities I identify with ethnically, religiously and socioeconomically. Pursuing an LLM will enable me to further develop my organisational and interpersonal skills, as well as a nuanced understanding of taking a critical disposition.
After graduating in engineering working for a data consultancy, I took an interest in digital healthcare technologies, particularly within clinical mental health settings. I’m interested in how data-led insights and technologies can be used to discover which interventions are most effective across varying demographics. I believe digital healthcare solutions can be of particular benefit to muslims in Britain. There is much to be explored in this realm, as well as the potential benefits that communities and wider society can derive by integrating these tools to help inform decision-making in our healthcare systems.
After having completed a BA in Law and Religious Studies and a PGDipEd, I went on to study my aalimiyyah course. I am now fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study the MA Education (Leadership) programme. Synergising my knowledge and qualifications with my experiences of having served the community in matters pertaining to education, bereavement and various other community work, I hope to use my MA to implement research informed practice to augment what I have to offer to an array of institutions. I aspire to undertake translation projects, deliver public lectures, and participate in education and enhanced community services, in addition to carrying out advisory roles across various domains of our society.
Having honourably graduated in my LLB Law degree, by the grace of God I will continue my furtherance of my legal ambitions by studying the LLM (Legal Practice). I am currently paralegaling in a reputable Law firm and writing articles in family legal development. I hope from my studies and experience I am able to benefit the community by assisting them in vulnerable moments of their lives whether that be women, individuals seeking justice and/or refugees endeavouring for a better future. I also thoroughly enjoy theoretical legal discussions and strive to influence legal policies to benefit the ummah.
Having studied Law LLB at the University at Reading, I decided to continue my academic journey and study LLM Human Rights. As a British Muslim living in 21st Century Britain, Human Rights are incredibly important to me. They impact our lives not only nationally, but globally. Understanding what rights we have, and what we can do to implement them is fundamental to protecting ourselves and ensure Muslims are able to live peacefully. This is what I plan to do. To learn, understand, and work in Human Rights law in order to ensure Muslims are able to live without interference.
Growing up in East London I became aware of the lack of opportunities people like me faced in British society. I was empowered through my experiences to always “rise up” and grasp every opportunity that came my way. I sought after knowledge through studying at University and was particularly passionate about politics and the way society was governed, how power was determined and communities managed. After being elected as a President of my Student Union, I have worked within University institutions to understand the complexities of Muslim student needs across London and the Midlands. I now want to further my knowledge of race and decolonial thought so I can acquire the correct tools to unlock the spaces required by Muslims within society as well as establishing resources to bring communities together and eradicate existing racial hierarchies.
Since graduating from King’s College London I have been working as a data analyst within the Lloyds of London insurance market assessing and quantifying the risk from natural perils. However, I would like to further my passion for data science but with a focus and application centred on cities and the built environment. Through this masters course I seek to enter into the emerging and rapidly evolving field of urban data science. It is vital that members of the Muslim community are embedded within this discipline not only to represent the community, but to ensure we are part of the process into how the spaces we live in are managed and developed.
I have come to witness that data is rapidly changing the world. Everything we do now leaves a trail. Whether it is a transaction or a quick Google search, we are continually building our ‘cache’, which essentially makes us vulnerable. With the furthering of my education in this field, I aim to, firstly, gain insight then ultimately begin linking datasets without limitations, maximising adaptability within communities and breaking boundaries without any constraints. My wish is to inspire others with immediate effect in the field of data science, which is fast becoming a sought-after specialty. This degree will allow me to lead into an area where we as Muslims should be at the forefront.
As an aspiring lawyer, I want to ensure that there is a greater representation of British Muslims in the legal sector, and alleviate many of the barriers British Muslims face when seeking to access legal services. My deep commitment to this profession stems from observing the rising number of cases relating to Islamophobia being undertaken by law firms under the guise of ‘pro-bono’ services. Siphoning such consequential and high-stake cases as ‘pro-bono’ has often resulted in a lack of enthusiasm or passion by those handling these cases. I am keen to provide an alternative avenue for British Muslims and increase access to justice for marginalised communities. Through studying an LLM in Law and Legal Practice at BPP School of Law, I intend to pursue a career that will allow me to tackle socio-legal issues such as structural barriers to accessing legal services and social inequality.
My interest in Public Policy stems from studying Politics with International Relations at the University of Leicester as an undergraduate. Studying my chosen degree provided me with an opportunity to critically analyse regional, national and international political ideologies and institutions. In particular, I was able to consider, through a political lens, some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as the threat of terrorism, environmental sustainability and the emergence of cybersecurity. I would like to further my education by studying Public Policy in order to develop a greater insight into the policy making process and most importantly, the complex policy issues facing the world today.