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Dr Marcia Wilson wins top award during ‘an amazing journey’

‘It gives me strength’, says Dr Wilson.

By Lee Pinkerton

The University of East London’s (UEL) head of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Dr Marcia Wilson, has won a top award for her contribution to higher education.
 
Now in its 12th year, the annual PRECIOUS Awards recognise success in the workplace and inspire women of colour to launch their own businesses.
 
Dr Wilson was nominated for The Leadership Award by a former athlete, sport and inclusion consultant, and SportsAid trustee, Michelle Moore (pictured left).
 
In her acceptance speech Dr Wilson said, “I’ve been involved in higher education for about 30 years now, and it’s been an amazing journey. One of the things that Michelle said when she nominated me was
‘I see you’.  
 
“All too often, especially when we are in a minority in the institution, as it is across the sector, the work that we do isn’t recognised, we go unnoticed, until we do something wrong. 
 
“For someone to say ‘I see you, and I recognise the work that you’re doing’, really gives me strength.  It makes me feel as if I’m doing something very right.”
 
Further proof of the positive impact of Dr Wilson’s work came in the form of another of the award winners. Mickela Hall-Ramsey is one of Dr Wilson’s former students, who won the Social Enterprise of the Year category.
 
You can watch Dr Wilson’s speech here.