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UEL success at Asian Women of Achievement awards

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The University of East London has won the Community category at this year’s Asian Women of Achievement Awards held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The Community Award recognises organisations that promote ethnic diversity within their workforce, as well as promoting greater understanding of diversity across the UK.

The University was pitted against financial giants Deloitte, global energy firm Shell, the advice line The Listening Service, and the disability rights charity Include me TOO. Previous winners include Cisco and the Home Office.

UEL Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, was thrilled by the success.

“We’re very happy to have been shortlisted alongside such distinguished organisations, and we’re absolutely delighted to have won this Community category,” he said. “It’s such an honour to be recognised for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our passion for connecting with our communities to make a positive difference.

“I’d like to sincerely thank all our staff and students who’ve made this award possible, for their continued commitment to making UEL London’s leading university for civic engagement.”

Among the special guests at the evening were the Duchess of Gloucester; senior lawyer Miriam González Durántez – wife of the former deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg -- and the newly-elected SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.

The awards, co-founded by the businesswoman Pinky Lilani in 1999, were conceived to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life. 

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.