London Met’s pro-vice-chancellor, Dr Zainab Khan, has been shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) award.
Dr Khan is a director of the Centre for Equality and Inclusion at London Metropolitan University and an advocate for race equity in education.
For her work tackling educational inequalities, she has been nominated for an AWA public service award and was last year recognised for her achievements at the Guardian University Awards.
Before her career in academia, Dr Khan trained as a barrister and holds a PhD in legal philosophy.
Dr Khan said the AWA awards were “crucial for combatting underrepresentation and for highlighting the contribution that minorities make to the UK”.
“My work at London Met focuses on delivering fair outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds and fostering an inclusive culture for everyone, so I know how important it is to celebrate the achievements of ethnic minority women,” she said.
“According to the Race in the Workplace Review (MacGregor Smith 2017) Pakistani women in particular face significant marginalisation in the labour market. I feel very privileged to be recognised in this way and spurred on to do even more to champion the contribution of all marginalised groups,” she added.
My work at London Met focuses on delivering fair outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds and fostering an inclusive culture for everyone, so I know how important it is to celebrate the achievements of ethnic minority women – Dr Zainab Khan, London Met
The AWA awards were founded in 1999 by Pinky Lilani as a way to celebrate multicultural Britain. Ms Lilani, who serves as chair of the AWA, said she founded the awards 20 years ago “to spotlight talented but often unsung Asian women”.
“Today, our vision is that these awards should be the pre-eminent platform for celebrating the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society,” she said.
Nominated alongside Dr Khan in the public service category are: Nitya Khemka, head of Office UK at the United Nations office of Project Services; Mel Nebhrajani, legal director in the government’s legal department; Dr Geum Young Min, head of commercial data acquisition for the Office for National Statistics; and Neata Simpson, detective sergeant for the West Midlands Police.