Hibba Mazhary

"The Aziz Foundation scholarship was enormously beneficial as it allowed me to complete my MSc degree and participate fully in the academic experience without anxiety about financial barriers, and I was able to obtain a Distinction for this course and progress to a PhD course. The training offered alongside the scholarship such as the Murabbi ethical leadership course helped me develop valuable skills. "

Hibba is currently in the second year of a part-time PhD course at the University of Oxford, examining slaughter, welfare and ethics in the British halal meat industry. She explores how animal death, animal welfare and food standards are addressed in the industry, bringing broader issues of consumption, religious authority, environmental responsibility and animal rights into conversation. She is also currently undertaking a part-time internship at Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE), an animal advocacy research organisation.

Hibba intends to work in an organisation that changes food policy or lobbies to influence food policy. She hopes in particular to influence policy in halal meat, in order to codify animal welfare in halal meat regulations, and ethical halal standards in the UK.

As a PhD student in Geography, a subject that does not attract many BME students, Hibba  has used her position to encourage younger students to explore and apply for the subject.

 

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