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From East End to Westminster

UEL students graduation

UEL celebrated success on Election night - when a former student romped to victory in a West London seat.

Rupa Huq won Ealing Central and Acton for Labour, with a tiny majority of 272, defeating former Conservative MP Angie Bray.

Dr Huq, who completed her PhD on youth studies at UEL in 1999, said “I pledge to work hard for all the constituency, whether they voted for me or not.”

Rupa's sister - the former Blue Peter presenter, Konnie Huq - was delighted.

“I trust my sister to fight tooth-and-nail for local services just as she promised throughout her campaign.”

UEL’s Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, told the press,

“I’ve no doubt the rigorous academic training and support she received here, coupled with a thesis on youth studies, has helped prepare her for the world public office.

“Well done to Rupa. It’s great to see a UEL PhD graduate elected to public office. And what a shining example of academia and civic engagement at its best.” 

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.