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Dr Marcia Wilson nominated for Precious Award

Dr Wilson recognised for her inspiring professional success

Dr Marcia Wilson, head of health, sport and bioscience at the University of East London (UEL), has been nominated for a prestigious Precious Award.

The annual Precious Awards celebrate the professional achievements of women of colour. The awards, according to the Precious website, have a "dynamic, passionate, grass-roots following (caused by) a decade of bringing brilliant, often media-marginalised, women of colour into the spotlight.

They "recognise exceptional determination, innovation, entrepreneurial skills and talent."

Dr. Wilson said she is honoured to be nominated.

She said, "When you're doing your job you just get on with it. You don't think that people on the outside are looking at how you are doing it."

Dr. Wilson was nominated by Michelle Moore, a former athlete and SportsAid trustee who currently works as a sport and inclusion consultant.

Dr Wilson and Ms Moore met last year at the launch of "Inside the Ivory Tower", a book about the experiences of black women in British academia. Dr Wilson contributed a chapter to the book.

Dr Wilson said, "Michelle and I have had some meetings together, looking at how she can feed into what we're trying to achieve at UEL around equality and diversity linked to sport. We've had conversations around gaps in achievement or in attainment, and the progression of all of our students rather than just some."

"Then one day I got a message from Michelle saying she wanted to nominate me for a leadership award!"

The 12th annual Precious Awards takes place on 27 September at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminster, London.